Resident staffer, local saint, and film afficianado Nicole Homburger will be hosting alternate screenings from our collective back catalog of VHS cassettes with commentary, a beer or two, and adjusted tracking as we wipe off the dust and revisit some nightmares and forgotten favorites in their analog glory. All tickets $5.
Over The Edge
Dir. Jonathan Kaplan, 1979
United States, 95 minutes
BEHOLD! THE HORROR OF LIVING IN SUBURBAN CALIFORNIA, PRE-INTERNET!
This under appreciated classic features Matt Dillon in his first major role and is accompanied by one of the great soundtracks of the late 70s, featuring songs from Cheap Trick, The Ramones, and The Cars. Loosely based on actual events, this film explores what happens when a planned community doesn't plan on everything--namely, teenagers. As seen from the teens' perspective, we learn what it's like to be ignored, yet still expected to bow to the authority that sometimes violently ignores you. Beautifully capturing the desert landscapes of southern California at a point of simmering social turmoil in the US, this film is not to be missed. As the tagline reminds us, "It really happened".