During the halcyon days of post-apocalyptic cinema, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (1981), as well as the dozens of rip-offs it inspired, helped convince a generation of impressionable filmgoers that the 1990s were doomed. Totalitarian rule would reign and cities would be overrun by armies of savage criminals in muscle cars. While those dystopian futures have mostly failed to materialize, Escape still stands as a quintessential action film, a master class in delivering The Goods, featuring an impeccable cast of B-movie veterans and a synthesizer score that still turns up in DJ sets 30 years later. In recognition of the film’s cult-classic status, the Lone Star Film Society kicks off its new ArthouseFW series with a screening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St.) at 10 p.m. Friday. Future AFW programs will focus on other choice Carpenter/Kurt Russell collaborations, the silent era, Japanese samurai epics and the surrealism of Luis Buñuel. Admission is $7 or $5 for Reel People, Modern Contemporaries and Lone Star Film Society members, and free for students with valid student ID. Visit themodern.org.
Fri., Jan. 31, 2014