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    Midnights at the Baxter presents 'Darkman' [Movies]
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    Just two weeks ago we discussed filmmaker Sam Raimi and his legendary Evil Dead trilogy, which tells the story of Ash, a man plagued by the undead. Of course, these days he is known as “The Director of the Spider-Man Trilogy,” which, to me, speaks to the transient nature of the minds of modern theater-goers. Most of the young’uns watching the trailer for his upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful will most likely be much more impressed with his more modern big-budget superhero credentials than his much more badass humble beginnings. No mention, either, of his most recent film, the truly awesome horror film Drag Me to Hell, which is closer to his origins than Spider-Man.

    Spider-Man is not Raimi’s first superhero film – that honor belongs to the 1990 film Darkman, which plays at midnight at Baxter Avenue Theater tomorrow (Saturday). Darkman came about after Raimi was unable to acquire rights to existing superhero properties such as The Shadow and Batman, and so he decided to create his own. Liam Neeson stars as the titular character, a scientist named Peyton Westlake who is severely disfigured after being attacked by a gangster. Now a deformed vigilante, Darkman makes revenge and justice his mission.

    The film also stars Frances McDormand as the hero’s girlfriend, Colin Friels as a corrupt businessman, and Larry Drake as the man responsible for Westlake’s disfigurement.

    Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road, in Mid-City Mall. Further theater information, as well as advance ticket sales, can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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