What's on at Crouch End Picturehouse - Culture Shock
Director: James Cameron.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong. USA/France 2017. TBC mins.
He’s only gone and done it. James Cameron has talked about converting T2: Judgement Day into 3D for years, and now he’s given his 1991 masterpiece – one of the greatest action films of all time –the 21st century treatment. Digitally restored before conversion to 3D, this re-release brings the battle for tomorrow to life in spectacular fashion.
10 years after the events of The Terminator, Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning. A new cyborg, the T-1000, has been sent back to eliminate her now ten-year-old son, John, the future leader of the human resistance. The T-1000 is more advanced and powerful than its predecessor, but Sarah and John won’t face this new terror alone…
DirectorDirector: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Miguel Ferrer. USA 1987. 98 mins.
Peter Weller stars in this urban sci-fi Western as Murphy, a good cop who literally gets shot to pieces while on duty and winds up reborn as a crime-fighting machine.
An ambitious executive at OCP, the corporation running the futuristic city of Detroit, fuses Murphy's torso with bulletproof steel limbs and rewires his brain with computer chips so he will have no will of his own. Murphy's former partner tries to help RoboCop remember his human past, but his circuitry blocks whatever dim memories that remain.
A chance encounter with one of his killers wakes up the human essence in RoboCop, causing him to rebel against his programming and embark on a one-cyborg mission of vengeance that leads all the way to the top of OCP.
20.3035mm: Playing from a 35mm print
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Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon. USA 1977. 137 mins.
For its 40th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s genre-defining masterpiece returns to cinemas in a dazzling 4K restoration of the director’s cut to win over audiences all over again. This brilliantly paced tale follows two groups of people driven by the prospect that humans are not alone in the universe. The first is a team of scientists on a trail of mind-boggling evidence that leads them to the eventual landing site of alien visitors; the other a group of ordinary people who gravitate to the same spot, plagued by strange visions after close encounters with extra-terrestrial life. The opening sequences masterfully evoke a sense of foreboding, but as the film builds towards its stunning climax, fear gives way to wonder. It’s a tone shift that set Spielberg’s idealistic vision apart from all other big-screen alien encounters at the time, and raised the bar for every first-contact film that would follow.
Audiences will also be treated to a short about the making of the film, which
includes an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg.
Director: James Mangold.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. USA 2017. 137 mins.
In 2029, mutants have been all but wiped out. The world-weary Logan has gone into hiding. But when a young girl with similar powers to his own appears, with a sinister organisation not far behind, he reluctantly agrees to take her to a refuge near the Canadian border. It’s a long road to safety, but one that brings deliverance for both of them.
Not since The Dark Knight has a superhero film subverted the genre code as powerfully as Logan. Director James Mangold shuns the capes and CGI for something altogether more human: a gritty, neo-Western road movie that slowly sinks its claws into the heartstrings and doesn’t let go.
In the new black-and-white cut, Logan’s noir and Western qualities shine. The monochrome visuals are fitting for a film with such a strong nostalgic undertow, and that’s why Logan Noir is a perfect companion piece to the colour release that won over audiences earlier this year.
Director: Mel Brooks. Starring: Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Gene Wilder. 1974. USA.
Mel Brooks' monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley's classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved..
Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts in spite of her manager’s reservations. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima's Room’, written by a fake Mima, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead, with all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.