Similar to Continuums 33 1/3 series of monographs on classic albums, Soft Skull Presss new Deep Focus series features writers discussing one of their favorite movies. The first is Jonathan Lethem on John Carpenters 1988 satire They Live, which stars WWE wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper as a drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that allows him to see what no one else canthat aliens disguised as humans are taking over the planet. Tonight, watch the film and hear Lethem discuss with comedian John Hodgman the film he calls howlingly blatant and obvious on many levels . . . [yet] marvelously slippery and paradoxical at its depths.
Tue., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., 2010