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Bad Cinema: Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman (free)

  • Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The Madison Public Library’s “Bad Cinema” program has usually focused on films from the 1980s and 1990s, so it's a surprise that this is a screening of the original 1958 version of Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman and not the less-remembered 1993 version directed by Christopher Guest and starring Daryl Hannah. Going all the way back to the OG is a good call, though, since it dips the series' toes into the warm waters of low-budget Cold War-era schlock that’s too good for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment, but still technically crappy enough to warrant an ironic viewing. Get those engines running early on some post-screening hot takes about how it’s a metaphor for the threat to masculinity from a powerful woman with legitimate axes to grind. By which I mean definitely do not do that. —Chris Lay