Similar to Continuum’s “33 1/3” series of monographs on classic albums, Soft Skull Press’s new “Deep Focus” series features writers discussing one of their favorite movies. The first is Jonathan Lethem on John Carpenter’s 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 can—that 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

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 8, 2010

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