TrashTalk Theater Interactive media artist Jason Ponce presents TrashTalk Theater 3000, an interactive cinema experience that invites the audience to submit their own subtitles, thoughtful observations and/or snide commentary directly to the screen as films are viewed. This allows for alternative, group-articulated interpretations of the typical movie watching experience. The effect can be silly or serious, profound or hilarious, all depending on the film, the mood of the audience, and how quickly the crowd can think (and type) on its feet.
For its next screening, TT3K presents the 20th Century masterwork, Showgirls (1995). Written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven (whose previous collaboration brought us Basic Instinct), Showgirls features an all-star cast led by former teen star, Elizabeth Berkley and includes Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon.
Showgirls is a classic showbiz tale of chorus girl turned overnight sensation, Nomi Malone, who ultimately realizes that fame and money come at a hefty price. With a screenplay that rivals the best telenovela, Showgirls provides more camp and gratuitous nudity (Berkley spends 20 minutes of the film entirely nude!) than one might expect from seasoned professionals as Verhoeven and Eszterhas, which has helped secure its status as a beloved guilty pleasure and cult classic. According to Roger Ebert’s 1995 review, Showgirls is “trash, yes, but not boring.”
To participate in TrashTalk Theater, bring any web-enabled device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and come armed with plenty of snark.