Friday & Saturday Nights, September 1 - 29, 2006
Late Night Repertory SerieS
Yeah, the Brattle's featuring Schwarzenegger… you want to make something out of it? OK, we have to admit, when it was first suggested that the Brattle do a Schwarzenegger series, we were a little taken aback… but then we started to think about it… and, y'know, it's not that far off. First of all, as much as we hate to admit it, many of Arnie's films are incredibly entertaining and they certainly represent an era of American filmmaking that we rarely delve into. Plus, he's been directed by some pretty interesting folks, including the oft-maligned but strangely political Paul Verhoeven (TOTAL RECALL) and the inimitably quirky Richard Fleischer (CONAN THE DESTROYER). And, c'mon, THE TERMINATOR? Stone-cold classic! Basically, we're looking forward to having a blast with the inexplicably elected governor of California as we fete his unique skills of musclebound heroics and thickly-accented cheeseball one-liners.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
(1982) dir John Milius w/Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Mako [129 min]
This adaptation of Robert E. Howard's short stories put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map and sparked a brief craze for sword-and-sorcery movies. Evil sorcerer Thulsa Doom (Jones) leads a savage raid and murders young Conan's (Schwarzenegger) parents. Conan's quest for revenge leads him to a hedonistic snake-worship cult and enough sword-clanging showdowns to excite even the most jaded of moviegoers. Generally maligned for being a silly mishmash of sex and violence, CONAN THE BARBARIAN is the perfect showcase for the young Schwarzenegger's talents, and a surprisingly affecting coming-of-age story.
CONAN THE DESTROYER
(1984) dir Richard Fleischer w/Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Mako, Tracey Walter, Olivia d'Abo [103 min]
"Bombaaata!' This 1984 sequel takes a decidedly lighter approach than the moody BARBARIAN. There's a plot about Conan escorting a spoiled princess to retrieve a magical horn, but what really sets CONAN THE DESTROYER apart is a show-stealing performance by avant-garde giantess Grace Jones(!) and the implausible casting choice of Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain as the comic relief. If you've ever dreamed of seeing a terrified Arnold swung from his ankles by a monster, this is your big chance!
(1984) dir James Cameron w/Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen [108 min]
If there's one absolutely iconic role in Arnold's career, it has to be THE TERMINATOR… an unfeeling, unthinking killing machine who will mow down anything that stands in the way of completing his mission: to find and eliminate Sarah Connor (Hamilton). James Cameron's gripping sci-fi/action film offers relentless violence and a tough-as-nails female lead who ranks up there with Sigourney Weaver in Alien. The image of THE TERMINATOR lumbering down the street, impervious to blows, bullets or grenades is as deliciously creepy today as it was twenty years ago.
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
(1991) dir James Cameron w/Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton [137 min]
This sequel picks up ten years after Sarah Connor (Hamilton) first laid waste to the Terminator (Schwarzenegger). In the future, Sarah's young son John (Furlong) will be the human race's last hope for survival, but in the meantime he is just a troubled adolescent with the baddest cyborg in moviedom (Patrick) on his tail. This time around, the Terminator has been reprogrammed and sent from the future to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. Trouble is, he's an obsolete design compared to his shape-shifting, liquid-metal dripping adversary! Simply one of the best action films ever made.
(1987) dir John McTiernan w/Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura [107 min]
What's worse than being stuck on a recon mission in the Central American jungle? Being stuck on a recon mission in the Central American jungle with a towering monster from outer space! Schwarzenegger and his crew of elite military operatives think they're in for a simple search-and-rescue mission. Unfortunately, there's a dreadlocked, eight-foot-tall alien on the loose, and his favorite game to hunt is humans! As the soldiers are picked off one by one, PREDATOR turns into a thoroughly entertaining cat-and-mouse game between Arnold and the beast. PREDATOR is so action-packed that it boasts not one, but two musclebound future United States governors: enjoy the bonus of Jesse Ventura's cigar-chomping, scenery-chewing performance!
*Please Note: The Saturday screening previously listed here was an error - TOTAL RECALL will only play on Fri 9/29. We apologize for the error.
(1990) dir Paul Verhoeven w/Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside [113 min]
It's 2084 and an Average Joe construction worker (Schwarzenegger) is starting to have some suspicions about his good job, nice home and beautiful wife (Stone). Is there a conspiracy? Could it be that he is actually a secret agent? Based on a Phillip K. Dick story, this tale of implanted memories, Martian mining colonies and three-breasted mutants is one of Schwarzenegger's most thought-provoking. Director Verhoeven's taste for bloodshed is well on display here, but like his best, TOTAL RECALL has a sense of humor about its violence. Unsurprisingly, Verhoeven's cynical, satirical worldview is a perfect match for Dick's harrowing and paranoid story.