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43rd Science Fiction Marathon - Jan. 19-20, 2018

Schedule Summary

Start TimeTitle
Friday, January 19
8:00pmGalaxy Quest (1999, PG, 35mm)
10:00pmWorld Without End (1956, Approved, Blu-ray?)
11:35pmDeep Blue Sea (1999, R, Blu-ray)
Saturday, January 20
1:35amSurprise 1: Kiss Me Deadly (1956, Approved, Blu-ray)
3:35amRepo Man (1984, R, DCP)
5:25amRed Dawn (1984, PG-13, DVD)
7:35amBig Hero 6 (2015, PG, 35mm)
9:35amFrau im Mond [Woman in the Moon] (1929, NR, Blu-ray)
12:40pmDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, PG, 4k DCP)
2:30pmX: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963, NR, DVD)
4:05pmIdiocracy (2006, R, 35mm)
5:45pmSurprise 2: Superman IV (1987, PG, 35mm)
7:30pmGhost in the Shell (1995, NR, DCP)
9:10pmBlade Runner 2049 (2017, R, 4k DCP)
Sunday, January 21
12:10amSpider-Man: Homecoming (2017, PG-13, DCP)

See below for more detailed movie descriptions.

Movies, order and times subject to change. Check back for more information closer to the event.

Food Schedule

Friday, January 19th
7:00 p.m. - Pizza ($2.00 / slice)

Saturday, January 20th
12:00 a.m. - Doughnuts ($1.00 each)
6:00 a.m. - Bagels ($2.00 each)
12:00 p.m. - Subs ($3.00 / quarter sub)
6:00 p.m. - Pizza ($2.00 / slice)

Check out the two concessions stands for a variety of snacks and drinks!

During marathon, real-time updates will be posted to the CWRU Film Society twitter feed.

Important Details

Free parking is available in both Lot 01A and Lot 44. Lot 1A is open for entry between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Friday, January 19th. Lot 44 will be available after 4:30 pm on Friday. If you arrive earlier than 4:30 pm, you will have to pay for parking in the Veale Parking Tower (lot 53) at the posted rates. If you park at a location other than Lot 44 or Lot 1A, we are not responsible for any parking tickets or loss of access to your vehicle. It is highly suggested that marathon attendees stick with the lots we recommend.

Early Arrivals

If you arrive before 6pm on Friday for the Marathon, there will be NO OFFICIAL SPACE for you to camp out. If you intend to arrive early, please anticipate making your own arrangements.

Admission Information

Admission information is subject to correction. Please check back before finalizing your plans.

Pricing for this year's science fiction marathon is $30 per person. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 6pm in the lobby of Strosacker Auditorium. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision.

If you are unable to stay for the entire marathon, you may purchase tickets for movies individually. If you surrender a state or college ID to us, we will allow you to pay $4 per movie you wish to stay for. You are free to stay for more movies than you initially pay for, however you will be charged the balance before return of your ID. You may also simply purchase a wristband for the remaining balance of the marathon upon your arrival if you do not wish to surrender an ID (maximum charge of $30.)

Pre-sale tickets will be sold Monday, January 16 through Thursday, January 18 in Nord Atrium, the building across from Strosacker. A $25 per ticket price will be available to CWRU faculty, staff, and students as well as employees of University Circle businesses. Other members of the community will be able to purchase for $30. All wristbands will be available for pick-up the evening of the event when the doors open. Pre-sale tickets do not allow you to enter the theater before 6:00 pm.


No alcohol. No glass bottles. No fire hazards. Bring deodorant. Bring a toothbrush. Don't forget your towel. Space for sleeping bags is available on a first-come first-served basis. No one under 18 admitted without parental supervision. All bags are subject to inspection before admittance.

STAGE RULES: It is no longer possible to remove the classroom A/V equipment from the stage (stage left/house right side) for Marathon. Aside from losing precious mattress/sleeping bag real estate, we must prevail upon our audience to not fiddle with, place, store, or spill food & beverages on, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise in any way disturb that equipment.

Detailed Movie Descriptions

Friday, January 19
8:00 p.m. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rated PG (102 min)
Director: Dean Parisot
With Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
Format: 35mm film
Sponsored by Jane Winik
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
Presented in memory of those who can no longer attend the Sci-Fi marathon, but are here in spirit.

The last time we ran this feature at a Sci-Fi Marathon, we got a special surprise...a pre-release "bid print" with visible stunt wires, unfinished CGI, and entire scenes filled in by old Apollo-era stock footage. This time, we're assuming we'll get an actual, finished release print.
Read more about it at the IMDB

10:00 p.m. World Without End (1956)
Approved (80 min)
Director: Edward Bemds
With Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh
Format: Blu-ray
Four astronauts returning from mankind's first mission to Mars enter a time warp and crash on a 26th Century Earth devastated by atomic war. Our heroes meet with hideous mutant cavemen, giant spiders, love-struck beauties in short dresses, and jealous old geezers in sparkly skullcaps as they struggle to save humanity and build a new world.
Read more about it at the IMDB

11:35 p.m. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Rated R (105 min)
Director: Renny Harlin
With Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Format: Blu-ray
Doctors in an underwater laboratory discover a chemical in the brains of sharks capable of reviving human brain cells. Using gene therapy the doctors create sharks with larger brain masses as a way to speed up the production of the life saving antidote. The result is a breed of Mako that is bigger, stronger, smarter, faster and more fierce then anything man has seen before. The sharks gain the ability to reason and turn on their masters resulting in an all or nothing fight to the finish between man and the ultimate predator.
Read more about it at the IMDB

Saturday, January 20
1:35 a.m. [Surprise I]
Format: Blu-ray

3:35 a.m. Repo Man (1984)
Rated R (92 min)
Director: Alex Cox
With Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter
Format: DCP
Otto is working at the grocery when he loses his temper and quits. Befriended by a Repo Man, Otto sees vehicle repossession as a kind of modern buckaneering. He is attracted by the adventure and the 'who gives a damn' attitude of the other Repo men. At the same time a package is taken from a government lab that has strange effects on anyone who sees it. It is hidden in a car which the government lists for repossession with a hefty reward.
Read more about it at the IMDB

5:25 a.m. Red Dawn (1984)
Rated PG-13 (114 min)
Director: John Milius
With Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
Format: DVD
Russia launches a surprise attack on and invasion of the USA. A small town in Colorado experiences this first hand when Russian paratroopers land in the town and take it over. A small group of teenagers from the local high school, called the Wolverines, manage to escape into the mountains and start to fight back.
Read more about it at the IMDB

7:35 a.m. Big Hero 6 (2015)
Rated PG (102 min)
Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams
With Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Format: 35mm film
When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."
Read more about it at the IMDB

9:35 a.m. Frau im Mond [Woman in the Moon] (1929)
Rated NR (156 min)
Director: Fritz Lang
With Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch, Gustav von Wangenheim
Format: Blu-Ray
A scientist discovers that there's gold on the moon, he builds a rocket to fly there, but there's too much rivalry among the crew to have a successful expedition.
Read more about it at the IMDB

12:40 p.m. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Rated PG (95 min)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
Format: 4k DCP
U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely and utterly mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. The U.S. president meets with his advisors, where the Soviet ambassador tells him that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear weapons, it will trigger a "Doomsday Machine" which will destroy all plant and animal life on Earth. Will the bombers be stopped in time, or will General Jack Ripper succeed in destroying the world?
Read more about it at the IMDB

2:30 p.m. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Rated NR (79 min)
Director: Roger Corman
With Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone
Format: DVD
Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) and gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality!
Read more about it at the IMDB

4:05 p.m. Idiocracy (2006)
Rated R (84 min)
Director: Mike Judge
With Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
Format: 35mm film
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
Read more about it at the IMDB

5:45 p.m. [Surprise II]
Rated PG
Format: 35mm film

7:30 p.m. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Rated NR (83 min)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
With Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka
Format: DCP
It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes.
NOTE: this is the original 1995 version of the animation, not the "re-mastered" or "2.0" version. It has a dubbed English, six-track soundtrack (not the Japanese 2-channel version).
Read more about it at the IMDB

9:10 p.m. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Rated R (164 min)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
With Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
Format: 4k DCP
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Read more about it at the IMDB

Sunday, January 21
12:10 a.m. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Rated PG-13 (133 min)
Director: Jon Watts
With Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Format: DCP
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine, distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Read more about it at the IMDB