About this Event
Film Fridays with Tom and Gillian provides a virtual community space facilitated by Enoch Pratt librarians to gather and discuss chosen films. All the titles we are showing will be available from Kanopy or Hoopla, which patrons can access using their Enoch Pratt library card. We will announce each week’s films the week before and patrons can tune in to the virtual meeting on Fridays at 2 pm to engage in the discussion.
Be prepared to swoon in June as we present “Apocalypse Wow!,” a discussion of two cult movies about a not-so-distant dystopian future where chaos and violence rule: A Boy and His Dog and Battle Royale.
A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975, Kanopy)
Based on the 1969 novella by Harlan Ellison and the inspiration for George Miller’s The Road Warrior (1981), A Boy and His Dog is set in a post-apocalyptic future where canned goods are used as currency and where entertainment often consists of old stag reels. Vic (a young Don Johnson) is a violent, illiterate scavenger, principally interested in having sex. He communicates telepathically with his deceptively cute-looking dog Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire); Vic finds food for Blood, while Blood sniffs out women for Vic. One of these women is Quilla June (Susanne Benton), who, unbeknownst to Vic is a spy for an underground society, headed by her father Mr. Craddock (Jason Robards Jr.). This subterranean civilization, deprived of natural sunlight and atmosphere, has grown barren and needs a virile surface-dweller to reproduce, with the oversexed Vic selected to fill the bill. Produced by character actor Alvy Moore (Mr. Kimball of TV's Green Acres), A Boy and His Dog was written and directed by another veteran actor, L.Q. Jones.
Click here to watch the trailer for A Boy and His Dog.
BATTLE ROYALE (2000, Hoopla)
In Japanese with English subtitles
Join our guest reviewer, Pratt Librarian Lydia Wilde, as she discusses the book and film that inspired The Hunger Games media franchise. Based on the 1999 novel by Koushan Takami and subsequently adapted into a manga series, Kinji Fukasaku’s controversial film version became an instant cult classic upon its release in 2000. The film follows a group of junior high-school students that are forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government. The story focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some, like the psychotic Kiriyama or the hyper-sexual Mistuko, decide to play the game. Others, like Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada, try to find a way to get off the island without violence. But as the violence increases and the numbers fall, can Shuya and his classmates survive?
Click here to watch the trailer for Battle Royale.
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