LSC Event Descriptions

January 24 & 25, 2004

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The 26th Annual LSC Sci-Fi Marathon

Featuring special shorts, fun activities, extra refreshments, and a variety of sci-fi films. Admission at 7pm is $6, and drops to $3 at 2am. Special group discount of $4.50/person available for groups larger than 20. Email for more information.

7:00pm - Lilo & Stitch
8:30pm - order pizza
9:00pm - Minority Report
11:30pm - pizza arrives
12:00am - Donnie Darko
2:00am - The Fly
4:00am - WarGames

Lilo & Stitch (2002) (DTS)
January 24, 2004 at 7:00pm in 26-100 and
Replay on January 25, 2004 at 7:00pm in 26-100.

Disney's most unusual animated comedy returns to LSC. It features two Hawaiian sisters trying to be a family, a social services worker looking for an excuse to tear them apart, and one indestructible, experimental super-creature who has escaped execution on a far-off world. Disguised as a dog (or perhaps an evil koala?) the creature is adopted by the girls and proceeds to learn about love, family, and Elvis. Meanwhile, the alien government from which he escaped is still looking to capture and kill him. They'll sure be surprised when they find out he's become a little girl's fun-loving pet - that is, if the girls can keep their family together as long as it takes for the incompetent officials to find their way to Earth.

"An example of quiet, confident craftsmanship that tells a sweet, charming tale of intergalactic friendship."
      -- A.O. Scott, New York Times. Read this review.

Rated PG
85 minutes

Minority Report (2002) (DTS)
January 24, 2004 at 9:00pm in 26-100 and
Replay on January 25, 2004 at 10:00pm in 26-100.

This 2002 Philip K. Dick thriller, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tom Cruise, features music by John Williams, and is considered as a modern-day classic. As in any great science fiction, the projected future portrayed is a subtle warning to the present and the story is gripping, powerful, and exciting.

Detective John Anderton (not to be confused with Mr. Anderssssen) works in the Department of Pre-Crime where three gifted people capable of predicting future violence are kept in a futuristic whirlpool where they are isolated from society and hooked to a machine that reads their precognitions. When they see a crime about to occur, Anderton and his associates arrest the perpetrator before anyone gets hurt. Although they have brought the murder rate in the city down to zero, and there are plans to expand geographically, human rights are at stake. Anderton is on the verge of discovering a terrible secret about the Pre-Cogs when suddenly he is named as a predicted murderer and finds himself on the run from his own coworkers.

"This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, driving so much, achieving it with such grace and skill."
      -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Read this review.

Rated PG-13
145 minutes

Donnie Darko (2001)
January 25, 2004 at 12:00am in 26-100 and
Replays on January 30, 2004 at 8:00pm in 10-250 and
January 31, 2004 at 8:00pm in 26-100.

One of the IMDB top 100 movies of all time, Donnie Darko defies explanation. Its unique vision of 1980's high school life is just the beginning of its ingenuity. To say that it is about a high-school kid (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has visions of a giant rabbit who orders him to commit acts of violence and predicts the end of the world does not do this bizarre film justice. It is a social commentary, a dark mood piece, a puzzle waiting to be solved, and demands repeat viewing to fully appreciate. See it again a week after the marathon at LSC's unprecedented *third* (and fourth) SciFi replay!

"The great thing about Donnie Darko is how it flutters, like a mischievous butterfly, above the despairing hands of easy description. Science-fiction noir?"
      -- Desson Howe, Washington Post. Read this review.

Rated R
113 minutes

The Fly (1986)
January 25, 2004 at 2:00am in 26-100.

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum, in his canonical mad-scientist role) is in love with Veronica Quaific (Geena Davis). However, their love is put to the test when his prototype transporter, which doesn't know how to deal with two organisms in the same load, transmogrifies him. Oops! Watch Jeff Goldblum slowly transform into drosophila. Improving upon the 1958 original, this remake-turned-classic is a must-see.

"One of the saddest explorations of love and loss captured in one of the most underestimated films of the '80s."
      -- Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central. Read this review.

Rated R
95 minutes

WarGames (1983)
January 25, 2004 at4:00am in 26-100.

That's right, kids, *before* Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Matthew Broderick (Leo Bloom, Broadway's "The Producers") was David Lightman, the kid who found the greatest computer game of all after breaking into a military computer. The only problem was, it wasn't a game. Don't miss the nostalgic 80's hardware!

"a thriller in the Hitchcock sense...also...a fun movie with big ideas"
      -- Boxoffice Magazine. Read this review.

Rated PG
114 minutes

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