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Ken Screens John Carpenter's Cult Classic 'They Live'

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Landmark’s Ken Cinema has found success with its classic film weeks and midnight movies. "They Live" pays tribute to the late Roddy Piper.

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ANCHOR INTRO: Landmark’s Ken Cinema has found success with it’s classic film weeks and midnight movies. This Saturday KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says you can see They Live and pay tribute to the late Roddy Piper.

When wrestler Roddy Piper died in July, fans turned to John Carpenter’s They Live to honor his memory. Carpenter’s sci-fi actioner perfectly tapped into Piper’s bad boy wrestling image as he played a reluctant savior of humanity. Piper’s a drifter who finds a pair of sunglasses that let him see the bug eyed aliens running the planet and bent on world domination. But Piper’s nameless character isn’t ready to surrender.

CLIP I’m here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum.

They Live screens Saturday at the Ken Cinema and there’s nothing better than a midnight crowd to show their rowdy appreciation for both Piper and Carpenter’s sly satire on Reaganomics.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.

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Satisfy your celluloid addiction with the Cinema Junkie podcast, where you can mainline film 24/7. This film and entertainment series is run by KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando. So if you need a film fix, want to hear what filmmakers have to say about their work, or just want to know what's worth seeing this weekend, then you've come to the right place