Science Fiction Pint and Pizza Night featuring Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
6 PM to 10 PM
FREE with minimum $5 food or beverage purchase
Beer and Pizza specials all night long
The best in B science fictions movies, drive-in classics, psychotronic weirdness and more. We’ll also do raffle prizes throughout the evening so expect some very cool, very strange science fiction prizes including figurines, posters, books, cards, VHS movies and more for that inner science fiction enthusiast in us all. Sponsored by La Dolce Video, The Arcata Eye, Daisy Drygoods, Vintage Avenger, Tin Can Mailman, The Clothing Dock and more.
The world we know has been changed. Not by man, but by nature itself.
Slipstream (1989) is a post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film reuniting Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz and star Mark Hamill. Hamill plays Tasker, a law man assigned to bring in a fugitive named Byron (Bob Peck) on a murder warrant. The world has grown wild and wooly following an environmental collapse, and civilization is restricted to a few isolated areas. Tasker captures Byron, but then the pair runs into an outcast adventurer (Bill Paxton), who abducts Byron when he learns there’s a price on his head. The chase for the recapture of Byron brings Tasker into contact with a wind worshiping cult. One of the members of the cult (Eleanor David) falls in love with Byron, even though, as we learn, he’s an android. The climactic showdown is a shoot-out in the sky involving giant kites. Academy Award winning actors Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham have small roles.
What will the next hundred years bring to mankind?
Things to Come (1936) is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda, directed by William Cameron Menzies and the screenplay written by H. G. Wells. Opening in the year 1940, we see the next century of human history unfold, initially with amazing prescience. In Everytown (a stand-in for London), the people prepare to celebrate Christmas amid rumors and rumblings of war — forward-thinking pacifists like John Cabal (Raymond Massey) try to raise concerns amid a populace either too fearful to think about the risks, or so pleased with business conditions that they’re oblivious to the downside of war. And then it comes, devastating Everytown (in scenes shockingly close to the actual World War II London blitz, a half-decade away when these scenes were written) and the country, and finally the world. After 30 years, the war goes on, except that there are no more nations to fight it, only isolated petty fiefdoms ruled by brigand-like strongmen, running gangs organized like tiny armies. Among the most ruthless and successful of them is Rudolph (Ralph Richardson), who runs what’s left of Everytown. He keeps his people in line by force, and his war with his neighbors going with his bedraggled troops, while pressuring the tiny handful of scientists, mechanics, and pilots to keep as many of the aging, decrepit planes as they can operating. And then, one day, out of the sky comes a plane the like of which they’ve never seen before, sleek and fast, and piloted by a mysterious man whom Rudolph orders imprisoned. It is John Cabal, older but just as dedicated to the cause of peace, and ready to fight for it. He announces the existence of a new order, run by a society of engineers and scientists, called Wings Over The World, here to re-establish civilization. Rudolph will hear none of it…
Seventy years go by, during which the Earth is transformed and a new civilization rises, led by scientists and engineers. Immense towers now rise into the sky, and the population is freed from most of the concerns that ever led to it war. In fact, a new complacency starts to take hold amid a populace for whom most needs are now easily met — all except the leaders, engineers who keep advancing, year after year, with new projects and goals. And now, having conquered the Earth and all of the challenges it has to offer, Oswald Cabal (Raymond Massey), the great-grandson of John and the current leader, is about to embark on the grandest project of all, moving into deep space. The first launch of a manned vehicle, fired by the Space Gun, is about to take place.
Christopher Frayling of the British Film Institute calls Things to Come “a landmark in cinematic design.”