Akira, The Anime Classic of Them All, Midnight This Weekend at Belcourt

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Last week, The Belcourt hosted a sold-out crowd of hundreds for a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, kicking off its much anticipated “Science on Screen” series with what can only be described as a Big Bang. But as much as the screening thrilled the crowd’s monolith-evolved ape brains, it’s the adjoining midnight movie program that had one Spring Breakers attendee shouting “OH SHIT, OH SHIT” from the back of the theater.

Tonight and tomorrow at midnight, The Belcourt presents the granddaddy of cyberpunk cinema and one of anime’s greatest accomplishments: Akira. Set in the desolate future wasteland of Neo-Tokyo, Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk epic follows a biker gang into a labyrinthian narrative of political conspiracy and dystopian science fiction that culminates in one of the craziest endings ever captured on film. Leave your anime stigma at the door — there’s good reason why everything from The Matrix to Kanye West references the cult film, and why one of the subjects of this week's Scene People Issue considers it her favorite film. Akira is an experience to behold.

As if that weren't enticement enough, Pat Halloran, The Belcourt's brilliant former mixologist, is in town for the month plying his trade once again at midnight. It's worth going just to see what themed cocktail he has in mind.

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