Thursday: "Hands Of Steel"

Aug. 4

The Italian name for this quasi-sci-fi cyborg revenge flick is "Vendetta dal futuro" or "Vendetta From the Future" and like most barely-has-a-budget trash of the '80s, the film goes by a number of other names including"Fists Of Steel" and my favorite, "Atomic Cyborg." None of the titles really fit the movie, which is a kind of socially-conscious slab of futurist hot garbage wherein an evil corporate shitlord (played by the legendary John Saxon, who brings a Dennis Hopper-esque method actor quality to so much Italian trash) constructs a cyborg named Paco (Daniel Greene) to kill an environmentalist, only the human side of the cyborg can't commit the murder and instead he rushes to Arizona and gets all existential about human-ness, violence, and all the rest. As is often the case, I encourage you to not go to these movies to laugh at them, which is easy (and lame) but understand them as very specific aesthetic experiences—the kind of singularly-minded VHS visionary shit you can't find in more "respectable" movies. 7 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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