Picture it: 1980 – New York City. The Punk Rock movement is giving way to New Wave and the city is besieged by crime, art and a kind of youth revolt personified in Times Square, a cult classic being screened as part of Robert Drake’s Midnight Movies on January 26 (11 p.m.) at the Troc.
In the film – a staple at LGBT film fests – Tim Curry stars as a popular DJ who links up with two teenage runaways (Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado) who form an underground punk band called (gotta love this) The Sleez Sisters. Between the day-glo, soundtrack and lesbian romance (while more hardcore scenes were cut from the original film, overtones are plenty), Allan Moyle’s flick is a brilliant period piece about the grittiness of New York City in the shadow of youth idealism. You’ll also catch a vintage glimpse of Times Square before it was, well, Disney-fied (think hookers and rent boys bathed in XXX neon).
Among the film’s avowed fans – including Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and the folks from Le Tigre – the soundtrack plays a starring role thanks to music by The Ramones, The Cure, XTC, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Suzi Quatro, Roxy Museum and Patti Smith.