Prepare to go back in time and experience (or, for most of us, re-live) the roots of modern American values. Psychotronic cinema wizard Christian Divine presents Hollywood Strikes Back: The Imperial '80's -- a mesmerizing clip show at Other Cinema (ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia) on March 29th -- that delves into the icons and iconography of the 1980s.
With the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, Hollywood exited the New Seventies Cinema for a "State of the Art" genre that sub-texted jingoism and imperialism -- powdered with the cocaine of Capitalism and edited to the video beat of MTV. Christian Divine takes a Cult Studies approach to the industry products that became emblems of the era. From masked slashers to weird science, this clip show will weave a thematic narrative of the pop-neon decade, exposing the colonialism of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Cold War propaganda of Top Gun, the entitled teen world of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the proto-revolutionary realms of Star Wars, and so much more! Come early for cheap '80s cocktails. Andre Perkowski's mash-up of Orson Welles movie lore will kick off our Hollywood review.