This weekend, it’s all in the reflexes.
This Saturday at midnight, the Capitol Theater will be screening of one of my personal favorites, John Carpenter’s 1986 classic Big Trouble in Little China. If you’re anything like me, you already own a tired copy of the film on VHS, but don’t let that deter you from going for the theatrical experience. If by some chance you’ve never heard of the film, Big Trouble in Little China tells the story of anti-hero Jack Burton, charmingly played by legendary New York-escapee Kurt Russell. Jack is your typical truck driving hunk of a man, oozing with machismo and sarcasm, and you know, caught in the middle of an ancient feud between a 3,000-year-old evil sorcerer and the good guys out to stop him.
Director John Carpenter has an amazing filmography, but this is his best in my opinion. It’s an insane and epic blend of genres—action, adventure, sci-fi, horror, thriller, romance, martial arts—and it’s funny too. The cast is perfect, with Russell as badass as ever, a pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall as his green-eyed damsel in distress, and supporting players Dennis Dun, James Hong, and Victor Wong all delivering A-game performances. For 1985, the special effects are a sight to behold, with one particularly unforgettable and outrageous death scene.
I could wax poetic on this movie for hours, but it’s best that you experience it yourself. Big Trouble in Little China embodies the type of cinematic magic that made the ’80s such a special decade for film. If you’re up late on Saturday and in the mood for a fun, one-of-a-kind adventure, go check it out in the theater. Special bonus: wear a trucker hat to the screening and get a free 32-ounce popcorn.