The Science on Screen® program pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages audiences of all backgrounds.
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Now That’s a Croc!
STEVE MINER | USA | 1999
March 20 | 7:00 PM | Prince Theater Black Box
How much of a croc of… is this crocodilian masterpiece of dinosaur proportions? Dinosaur expert Jason Poole from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will be on hand to help with the dispelling some of the Hollywood “science” on display in this zany horror flick.
A picturesque lake in backwoods Maine is hardly the place you’d expect to find a giant, saltwater crocodile, but that’s just the first of many surprises in action thriller Lake Placid. The fearsome reptile is no ordinary croc—it’s a 30-foot long behemoth with a taste for human flesh. It’s up to a team led by Game officer Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), grumpy sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson), and paleontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) to put an end to the creature’s reign of terror with their limbs intact. Darkly comedic, gleefully gory, and knowingly ridiculous, this landlocked update of Jaws will have viewers rethinking their upcoming Maine vacations and seeing Betty White in an entirely new light.
Flushed Away: Creating Tomorrow’s Problems with Today’s “Solution.”
BONG JOON-HO | SOUTH KOREA | 2006
May 1 | 7:00 PM | Prince Theater Mainstage
Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Aquatic Sciences, Angela Wenger, weighs in on the effects of pollution on aquatic life.
From the mind of South Korean master Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja), The Host pays homage to classic monster movies of yore while adding its own offbeat sense of humor and a distinctly topical bent. After an American scientist orders 200 bottles of formaldehyde to be dumped into Seoul’s drainage system, city residents begin noticing a strange creature in the murky waters of the Han River. Eventually, this strange, amphibious creature begins attacking the citizenry. When his young daughter is abducted by the monster, comically inept but fiercely determined dad Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) must find the location of its sewer lair and rescue the little girl before it’s too late. Even as it addresses societal ills like pollution, the threat of pandemic, and government corruption, The Host remains a devilishly entertaining and wildly inventive thrill ride.
Cracking the Kraken: Inside the Insquidious Monster
CLASH OF THE TITANS
DESMOND DAVIS | UK, USA | 1981
May 22 | 7:00 PM | Prince Theater Black Box
An in-depth exploration of the mythical cephalopod and its real-life counterparts with Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Aquatic Sciences, Angela Wenger.
Clash of the Titans follows Zeus’s mortal son Perseus (Harry Hamlin), who discovers that his destiny is to rescue and marry beautiful princess Andromeda (Julie Bowker), but only after passing a series of perilous tests. Gloriously over-the-top and relentlessly entertaining, this adventure features a crackerjack cast of respected thespians (including Maggie Smith as the goddess Thetis and Laurence Olivier as Zeus) and enough thrilling face-offs to fill a movie twice its length. But the real star of the show is special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, whose eye-popping stop-motion animation brings to life such fabulous creatures as snake-haired Medusa, winged horse Pegasus, and, of course, the giant, tentacled Kraken.