9 p.m. to 10 p.m. – KING OF THE ROCKET MEN (movie serial) (1949)
10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. – H.G. WELLS’ THINGS TO COME (1936)
Midnight to 2 a.m. – BLADE RUNNER (1982)
– ORIGAMI CONTEST and trivia!
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN (1949) (Republic Pictures) (chapters 1-3)
Starring: Tristram Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, House Peters, Jr., James Craven, and I. Stanford Jolley.
Director: Fred C. Brannon
An evil genius of unknown identity calling himself Dr. Vulcan sets out to destroy America’s greatest scientists and conquer the world! To combat this menace, Dr. Millard (James Craven) outfits his colleague, Jeff King (Tristram Coffin) with the awesome sonic-powered rocket suit to become the Rocket Man and defeat Dr. Vulcan and his henchmen.
Produced by Republic, the kings of action-packed golden age movie serials, this and the later ‘Commander Cody’ series served as the inspiration for ‘The Rocketeer’.
H.G WELLS’ THINGS TO COME (1936)
Starring: Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl Argyle and Margaretta Scott
Director: William Cameron Menzies
What will the next hundred years bring to mankind?
From a plot and script written by H.G. Wells from his book, ‘The Shape of Things to Come”, this classic work of science fiction cinema presents an imaginative look into the future, predicting war and the progress of civilization. (Eerily, the film begins in 1940 with the threat of war looming over England.)
Of special note is the stunning musical score by acclaimed composer Arthur Bliss, who would later be knighted and appointed Master of the Queen’s Music.
This version is from a 2007 digitally restored and colorized print supervised by special effects giant, Ray Harryhausen.
BLADE RUNNER (1982)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos
Director: Ridley Scott
Man has made his match… now it’s his problem.
In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth.
Considered to be one of the greatest and most influential science fiction films of all time, Blade Runner has set itself as a benchmark film for all time.