In keeping with the theme of our June 4 MonSFFA meeting this weekend, our scheduled early-bird installment of Sunday Sci-Fi Cinema Matinée will spotlight movies featuring dragons!
Show up early to participate in the vote on which one of five available films we’ll collectively discuss and review! And, we’ll preface the chosen movie with a newsreel and cartoon–in theme!–just as was offered before the main feature at movie houses in decades past!
The chosen film opens at about noon, so show up maybe an hour before that to also catch the newsreel, cartoon, and other cool, fun and interesting material!
We’ve collected several recent “High Concept” movies for inclusion in this edition of Sunday Sci-Fi Cinema Matinée.
What is a “High Concept” movie? One the premise of which can usually be summed up in a single, brief phrase or sentence! These flicks often blend genres and take a decidedly off-beat, cool, unique or particularly interesting angle in telling their story.
Be advised, however, that sometimes budget and talent can fall short of ambition, so choose wisely!
We’ve also selected a couple of early-1960s B-movies to round out your choices, including a Kaiju classic!
And all five films on offer, of course, feature a dragon, or dragons!
AGE OF THE DRAGONS (2011)
Melville’s Moby Dick, substituting a dragon for the Great White Whale ! Call me “Its meal!”
GHIDRAH! THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964)
Kaiju classic starring a fire-spewing space monster inspired by Japan’s legendary dragon of myth, Yamata no Orochi. And if that isn’t enough, co-stars include Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan!
REIGN OF FIRE (2002)
Science-fictional take on dragons, with Batman Christian Bale, Interstellar’s Matthew McConaughey, and a flock of fire-breathing lizards!
P-51 DRAGON FIGHTER (2014)
World War II fighter pilots versus Nazi dragons! Flights of fantasy!
THE MAGIC SWORD (1962)
A colourful fantasy adventure that tests brave knights with the Seven Curses of Lodac! Also featuring a beautiful princess, an evil wizard, a fire-breathing dragon, and dollar-store special effects!
See you Sunday morning…
To refresh your memories, here’s the full meeting agenda, as published in Impulse last month:
Sunday, June 4, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Grand Salon, Hôtel Espresso, 1005 Guy St., Downtown Montreal
Sunday Sci-Fi Cinema Matinée: Showcasing movies featuring dragons!
Here There Be Dragons!: We examine the legends surrounding fantasy’s supreme beastie while highlighting some of the Genre’s most memorable dragons!
Break: Dragon-themed raffle-prizes featured!
The Dragon Slayer—Defining a Hero: What are the key attributes of the dragon slayer, and of fantasy and SF heroes in general? Discuss!