Remember the 1980s? While many look back warmly on the music of that decade, the movies of the Reagan era are not so well-regarded. There were the excesses of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, for starters, and too many bloated epics like Out of Africa. Then there’s the soundtrack problem: Even the best films (like, say, Real Genius) are burdened with synthesizer-drenched sounds, making for some of the most unlistenable scores since the advent of talking pictures.
The 1980s were the golden age of Bob Zemeckis comedies, however: Used Cars, Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and, best of all, Back to the Future. This whiz-bang time-travel adventure combined smart pop-culture comedy (and commentary) with a touch of Freud, and made a movie star of Michael J. Fox. On Monday, why not head down to the Palace and climb into the Delorean; it’s set for 1985.
Back to the Future will be screened Monday (Jan. 20) at 7 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are $5, $3 kids. For more info, call 465-3334.