Philly! Come See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN In 35MM!

Hell, come see all six OG Trek films in 35mm! 

I get crabby that Philly doesn’t always get the limited release films that other cities do, but we really do pretty well on the repertory front. Exhumed Films alone gives the city more opportunities to see vintage 35mm craziness than anywhere else on the East Coast, and on top of their calendar, every so often we get cool events like the one coming in December: the Philadelphia Film Society and Geekadelphia are teaming up to screen the first six Star Trek films. In 35mm. One per night from December 5th to the 10th. And for some reason they’ve asked me to introduce one. I immediately chose, of course, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. As I’ve said elsewhere, I always smirk when people refer to a formative year in their filmgoing lives as “their 1982,” because I’m old, you see, and "my 1982" was 1982. Blade Runner; The Thing; E.T.; Porky’s. I saw all that shit in the theater. It was a glorious time.

But Wrath Of Khan is no mere nostalgia trip for me. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to talk about on December 6th, but I think I’ll touch upon Khan’s unique position as one of the most radical do-overs in film history, overhauling the look and feel of the franchise a scant three years after Star Trek: The Motion Picture spent 45 million dollars doing just that already. Director (and uncredited writer) Nicholas Meyer, too brash and naive to know any better, took what he liked from Trek lore, threw out what he didn’t, and folded “the good parts” of five discarded drafts into a new script. He did this in 12 days. Over more than 12 days, Meyer sold the cast and crew on his vision, and kicked the whole thing in the ass while coloring inside some very rigid lines. Had Wrath of Khan not worked, the next 30-odd years of Trek history might have played out very differently. But it really, REALLY worked. I love this movie.

Below is the lineup for the week. Tickets are available here. Let’s hang out!

Friday 12/5/2014 8:00pm
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE

Robert Wise, 1979, USA , 132 minutes
Hosted by Scott Weinberg
Discussion By Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia
 

Saturday 12/6/2014  8:00pm
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

Nicholas Meyer, 1982, USA, 113 minutes
Hosted by Phil Nobile Jr of Badass Digest


Sunday 12/7/2014 8:00pm
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK

Leonard Nimoy, 1984, USA, 105 minutes
Hosted By Chris Cummins
William Shatner Impersonation Contest
Q&A and Trivia


Monday 12/8/2014 8:00pm
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

Leonard Nimoy, 1986, USA, 119 minutes
Hosted by Dan Tabor of Geekadelphia
80’s Costume Contest
Q&A and Trivia


Tuesday 12/9/2014 8:00pm|
STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER

William Shatner, 1989, USA, 107 minutes
Hosted by Dan Tabor and Chris Cummins
Costume Contest
Trivia


Wednesday 12/10/2014 8:00pm
STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

Nicholas Meyer, 1991, USA, 113 minutes
Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran and Kelly Phillips
Screening of a new original episode of Star Trek Web Series Starship Farragut
Q&A and Trivia
Special themed Wine Night!

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