Rocket Sci-Fi Matinees

Rocket Sci-Fi

Rocket Sci-Fi’s traditional time-sphere will always be the 1950s and 1960s, but our new theme required some benevolent time-travel, cinematically speaking.

Feminist Sci-Fi will run through the first half of 2019 and will feature films with feminist heroes. We are looking at The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) adapting Margaret Atwood, Born In Flames (1983) featuring a revolution led by women, Tank Girl (1995) starring Lori Petty as the post-apocalyptic heroine, Aliens (1986) with Sigourney Weaver as the mighty Ellen Ripley, Conceiving Ada (1997) with Tilda Swinton as mathematical genius Ada Lovelace, and Mad Max Fury Road (2015) which gives us Charlize Theron as the incredible Furiosa.

It’s an exciting start to the year and still $3 per show. Thanks for your Rocket Sci-Fi fandom and see you at the movies!

The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Margaret Atwood's vision of a fundamentalist Christian dystopia is grimly fascinating, but much less trenchant than it might have been. It takes place in a future where pollution has rendered 99 per cent of the women in the U.S. infertile. The country is ruled by a fundamentalist Christian dictatorship, which has sequestered all fertile women to serve as breeders for sufficiently wealthy families. Made slightly after the heyday of the Christian right, the film...
Read more

Born In Flames (1983)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society in the U.S. -- and finds nothing has changed. Accompanied by a strong musical soundtrack, the composition of women's groups is explored -- from the most conservative to the most revolutionary. And given the events in the film, it would appear that only revolution is going to work in the future if women really...
Read more

Aliens (1986)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are...
Read more

Tank Girl (1995)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
This wild, futuristic action-fantasy is set in the year 2033 where drought and pollution have turned the Earth into a desert wasteland. The planet's water supply is controlled by a despotic company that is opposed by a few courageous rebels who regularly risk their lives to poach the precious fluid....
Read more

Conceiving Ada (1997)

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Lynn Hershman Leeson's Sci-Fi adventure is an imaginary biography of the real-life Lady Ada Lovelace , daughter of Lord Byron, a mathematics genius a century ahead of her time. A computer expert is somehow able to contact her through virtual reality....
Read more

Mad Max: Fury Road

Rocket Sci-Fi, introduction by Steve Meyers.
Filmmaker George Miller gears up for another post-apocalyptic action adventure with Fury Road, the fourth outing in the Mad Max film series. Charlize Theron stars alongside Tom Hardy (Bronson), with Zoe Kravitz, Adelaide Clemens, and Rosie Huntington Whiteley heading up the supporting cast....
Read more