Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Ridley Scott
A team of space explorers, brilliantly portrayed by Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba, discover horrors as they embark on a journey to a distant moon containing a puzzling structure that may offer clues to the mysteries of human origin.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were its baths. Lucius (Hiroshi Abe) is a bathhouse architect in 2nd-century Rome. Having difficulty coming up with a design that will please Emperor Hadrianus (Masachika Ichimura), he comes across a time-travel portal while unwinding in one of his bathhouses. Lucius is promptly whisked away to a bathhouse in present-day Tokyo, where he marvels at the modern bath culture of the Japanese. Taking ideas and inspiration from the showers, saunas, hot springs, Jacuzzis and fruity milk bottles of contemporary Japan, he goes back to ancient Rome and revolutionizes bathhouse design, gaining the favor of the emperor and citizenry in the process. But as Lucius goes back and forth between Rome and Japan, he gets caught up in the lives of suffering manga artist Mami (Aya Ueto), as well as his own emperor, who has become the victim of a widespread conspiracy to overthrow him. Filmed in part at Rome’s Cinecitta Studio and based on Mari Yamazaki’s popular manga series, THERMAE ROMAE is a fun and funny dedication to the Japanese obsession with cleanliness, bolstered by a pitch-perfect comedic performance by Abe as the wet and naked Roman architect. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir: William Girdler
Gonzo 1970s drive-in movie madness, with Susan Strasberg as a young woman who has a 400-year-old medicine man growing out of her back. Tony Curtis stars as a bogus spiritualist who comes face-to-face with the midget demon, with the help of New Age midwife Michael Ansara. Must be seen to be believed.