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Retro Reels 2: The Last Starfighter & The Wizard – July 19th

Join the Downtown Independent as we move into the second installation of our Retro Reels series!

For July, we will be presenting you with a classic 80s combo of films that we have affectionately nicknamed, “Games Gone Wild”- THE LAST STARFIGHTER (Nick Castle, 1984) and THE WIZARD (Todd Holland, 1989)!

What is Retro Reels? It’s a double feature series that focuses on old-school hits! From cult classics to fantasy flix, we’ll put ’em on the big screen. From slapstick comedy to 80s action, you’ll be able to find it here. Retro Reels promises to bring fun and film to you!

We’re going to be starting the night at 7:30pm with the classic sci-fi adventure The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984), a film that Den Of Geek reviewed as a movie with “longevity and appeal mean[ing] that many will want to be recruited into the Star League for years to come.” Check out the trailer here!

  Once we return from saving universes and arcade game mastery, we’ll be going on a crazy road trip with Fred Savage, Christian Slater and Jenny Lewis towards videogame championships and Nintendo madness in The Wizard (Todd Holland, 1989) ! See if you can catch the Tobey McGuire cameo!

If you’ve never seen these films, now’s your chance!! You may rule at your X-Box or win every game on your PS4, but if you haven’t seen these films…you haven’t seen your gaming history! Come on down, grab some popcorn and a beer, pixelate your mind for the night! Can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets available here- get yours SOON!!!!!

 

Retro Reels 2: The Last Starfighter & The Wizard – July 19th

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Join the Downtown Independent as we move into the second installation of our Retro Reels series!

For July, we will be presenting you with a classic 80s combo of films that we have affectionately nicknamed, “Games Gone Wild”- THE LAST STARFIGHTER (Nick Castle, 1984) and THE WIZARD (Todd Holland, 1989)!

What is Retro Reels? It’s a double feature series that focuses on old-school hits! From cult classics to fantasy flix, we’ll put ’em on the big screen. From slapstick comedy to 80s action, you’ll be able to find it here. Retro Reels promises to bring fun and film to you!

We’re going to be starting the night at 7:30pm with the classic sci-fi adventure The Last Starfighter (Nick Castle, 1984), a film that Den Of Geek reviewed as a movie with “longevity and appeal mean[ing] that many will want to be recruited into the Star League for years to come.” Check out the trailer here!

Once we return from saving universes and arcade game mastery, we’ll be going on a crazy road trip with Fred Savage, Christian Slater and Jenny Lewis towards videogame championships and Nintendo madness in The Wizard (Todd Holland, 1989) ! See if you can catch the Tobey McGuire cameo!

If you’ve never seen these films, now’s your chance!! You may rule at your X-Box or win every game on your PS4, but if you haven’t seen these films…you haven’t seen your gaming history! Come on down, grab some popcorn and a beer, pixelate your mind for the night! Can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets available here- get yours SOON!!!!!

Retro Reels: Hackers & Johnny Mnemonic – April 20th

Join the Downtown Independent as we kick off our BRAND NEW Retro Reels series– a night dedicated to your fave film history titles!

From cult classics and fantasy flix to comedy and action, Retro Reels will bring great genre movies to the Downtown Independent screen!

This month our theme is… Monitor Mayhem!!!

On April 20th, come to the Downtown Independent for two kickass films from 1995 centered on the insanity of technology and the chaos of computers! Get ready for a night of passwords and paranoia! Data and deception! Keyboard criminals and much much more!

Grab a beer or two, some popcorn and candy from the concessions stand and enjoy the pixelated thrills of Hackers (Iain Softley, 1995) and Johnny Mneumonic (Robert Longo, 1995) on a big screen!

You won’t wanna miss these films together in a theater. Honestly- can you really turn down the magic of seeing folks like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Lee Miller in those threads? Fisher Stevens on a skateboard? Keanu Reeves in a William Gibson adaptation with Dolph Lundgren and Ice-T ???

IT’S GOING TO BE WILD!

Retro Reels: Hackers & Johnny Mnemonic-April 20th

Join the Downtown Independent as we kick off our BRAND NEW Retro Reels series with HACKERS (Iain Softley, 1995) and JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)!

What is Retro Reels? It’s a once-a-month double feature that focuses on old-school hits! From cult classics to fantasy flix, we’ll put ’em on the big screen. From slapstick comedy to 80s action, you’ll be able to find it here. Retro Reels promises to bring fun and film to you!

If you have never seen Hackers, you shouldn’t miss it. It’s hard to pick just one good thing about that movie.

We could certainly argue that Hackers is a movie that is clearly ahead of its time while definitely displaying technological obsolescence. The cast and narrative work in a very inclusive and equitable manner, something that computer science (and indeed hacking itself) seems to lack in real life. Yet in this film, there is strong and positive representation for women and POC. This is certainly something that should not be ignored when enjoying this film. It makes it even more valuable.

Johnny Mnemonic doesn’t operate in quite the same manner but…that makes sense. After all, this film is based on the literature of William Gibson who is widely recognized as the father of cyberpunk so some leeway should be given. Johnny is no slouch either though- it’s a hellovalot of fun and truly deserves to be seen on a big screen. Home viewings just don’t do it justice. A film that serves up a cast that includes Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren, Henry Rollins, Udo Kier and Keanu Reeves as the eponymous Johnny Mnemonic really should get a big of theatrical love.

So come on down to our first Retro Reels. Grab a beer or a soda, some popcorn or candy, and settle it- it’s gonna be a good one!