BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
1989, Park Circus/MGM, 90 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Herek

In this cult comedy favorite, teen slackers Bill Preston (Alex Winter) and Ted Logan (Keanu Reeves) could fail their history class unless they get a good grade on their oral report. But the stakes are even higher for the future of humanity, so the duo are given a time-traveling phone booth (manned by George Carlin), which introduces them to such historical figures as Napoleon, Billy the Kid and Socrates.


IDIOCRACY
2006, 20th Century Fox, 84 min, Dir: Mike Judge

Mike Judge’s ahead-of-its-time sci-fi comedy predicts a time in which our collective intelligence has dropped so low that it threatens to destroy the world. When average guy Luke Wilson, sent into hibernation 500 years earlier, awakes into this brave new world, America is run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro-wrestler with severe anger management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land is a YouTube-esque video playlist called “Ow My Balls.”


SUBURBIA
1984, New World, 94 min, USA, Dir: Penelope Spheeris

Director Penelope Spheeris’ first feature after the original DECLINE film is a harrowing trip through a blighted suburban wasteland where feral punk kids form their own surrogate communal family. Shot in an actual L.A. housing project that had been vacated and earmarked for demolition.


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