Tuesday, October 7
Night and Day is divided on the John Carpenter movie They Live. Mr. Night claims the sci-fi movie about sunglasses that allow their wearer to see the subliminal messages in advertising and the aliens who walk among us (disguised as Young Republican-types) is a biting satire on the blind consumerism of American culture; Mr. Day claims that any movie involving an eleven-minute long, WWE-style wrestling fight between Rowdy Roddy Piper (the ersatz star of the film) and Keith David is a flawed attempt at consumerism itself and is kitsch, not satire. The fact that They Live musters such raging arguments in the otherwise placid Night and Day enterprise justifies another viewing of this neglected cinematic gem. So catch it tonight for free at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis Room of the Fontbonne University library (6800 Wydown Boulevard, 314-719-8061) and then join the intellectual fray.