Twenty-five years later, “RoboCop” still opens fire on the imagination – as arresting satire and bloodbath cinema, it is both deadly funny and just plain deadly.
Peter Weller, the man inside the machine man, will mark the film’s silver anniversary with a special May 19 appearance at the 2012 Hero Complex Film Festival after a screening of a new digitally remastered print of director Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi action film.
The “RoboCop” matinee at noon kicks off a day of bruising and bent cinema. Malcolm McDowell will take the stage at 4 p.m. for a Q&A before the screening of “A Clockwork Orange,” and then “Super” will be screened at 8:30 p.m. before the night’s final Q&A, with Rainn Wilson. Each screening is ticketed separately.
Weller will be talking about the future as well as his past — he has just finished up his work on the set of the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” sequel, and he probably has opinions on the escalating discussion of a “RoboCop” remake that will try to follow in his clanging footsteps.
The third edition of the Hero Complex Film Festival runs May 18-21 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. Tickets are now on sale. For a full list of screenings and ticket information, visit the festival landing page.
– Geoff Boucher
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