SCREENING: THE THING at Museum of the Moving Image
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Dir. John Carpenter. 1982, 109 mins. DCP. With Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David. In remaking Howard Hawks's The Thing from Another World, horror master extraordinaire John Carpenter fashioned his own equally chilling classic. Featuring some of the ooey-gooiest special effects ever created for the screen, this awesomely terrifying film follows a group of scientists trapped in a remote Antarctic outpost who are beset by a shape-shifting extraterrestrial force that is able to enter anyone's body undetected. With its jaw-dropping gallery of creepy crawlies and gorgeous widescreen compositions, this is one to see in a theater—in the dark.
Director Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3-D at 48 frames per second to invite the audience to enter Middle-earth for an immersive cinematic experience. Emblematic of this experience is a series of specially commissioned lenticular posters, featuring seventeen of the main characters in the film, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Gollum, and Galadriel. These posters are being shown only in specialized showcases. They were designed for Comic-Con International in San Diego, which took place in July 2012, and are being exhibited at the world premiere in New Zealand on November 28, 2012, the American premiere on December 6, 2012 in Manhattan, and at two exhibition venues: the high-end Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, and here at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
Venue Description: Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its expanded and renovated facilities - acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design - the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.
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