With public support for the war in Iraq at an all-time low, and four years' worth of documentaries (think everything from Fahrenheit 9/11, Ground Truth and Uncovered: The War in Iraq to Operation Dreamland, Iraq: The War Profiteers and Why We Fight) already sitting in your Netflix queue, it seems a little late for another anti-war film. But if you haven't already seen No End In Sight, which won the Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, you haven't done your patriotic duty. That's because, unlike so many other anti-war films, this one is mostly based on the views and experiences of the people who actually helped fuck up Iraq and are willing to admit it. The film is being presented free of charge by the Patrick Henry Democratic Club at their monthly meeting.
Easily the campiest of the Evil Dead films (which is saying a lot), Army of Darkness remains a beloved midnight-movie classic. Unlike, say, the Apu trilogy, you needn't be familiar with the prequels to get the gist of this concluding chapter. To make a short story shorter, modern-day Everyman Ash (B-movie superstar Bruce Campbell) has been transported to medieval times by an evil book. To return home, he must conquer an entire army of the undead. It's a story to which we can all relate. The film, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the PlayStation 3, sits squarely in the center of the Venn diagram that breaks down what gets nerds and stoners excited. Attend this screening of the R-rated flick to watch beardos and the pocket-protected link arms in solidarity and speak the classic lines a good five seconds before the characters onscreen do.
Army of Darkness at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.