From this week's Scene:
The victim of a bungled theatrical release, Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 drama Over the Edge remains a piercing study of bored, disaffected teens seething in a sterile Colorado planned community. The movie's acutely sympathetic to its young cast (including Matt Dillon in his film debut), but Kaplan holds up the festering situation from all sides: the kids with no rights and nothing to do; the parents with justified worries; the police ill-equipped to deal with juvenile offenders.
For the movie's free screening (on projected DVD) at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 20, at the downtown Nashville Public Library, Popular Materials staffer Bill Chamberlain has taped an interview with Charlie Haas, who wrote the screenplay with future River's Edge/Twin Peaks director Tim Hunter. Haas went on to write a pair of gems for director Joe Dante, Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Matinee; he discusses those as well. Haas recorded a special audio introduction for Saturday's screening.