I was recently thumbing through the AFI Magazine I picked up on my way out of Whole Foods and realized what a great lineup they have at the Silver this summer. If you don't feel like dealing with the summer blockbuster crowd at the Majestic and prefer to see a known quantity at a theater with adults, the AFI offers a lot of great alternatives. Here's some of the film series they're running this summer along with my picks from each. Not that the other movies aren't great - these are just the ones I would personally pay to see on the big screen.
Steven Spielberg Retrospective
This is just part one. I presume part two (next summer) will give us Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, etc. I saw Private Ryan at the City Place 10 (the precursor to The Majestic) and will always remember how someone in the audience thought it was hilarious when the maimed guy on Omaha Beach picked up the bloody remnants of his arm...
- Jaws Totally Awesome 2: More Films of the 1980s
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Saw this one back in the day at the Roth Silver Spring West, now Bethel World Outreach Center.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Totally Awesome 2: More Films of the 1980sThis is a follow-up to last year's series, which allowed me to see The Terminator on the big screen for the first time. This year, I will enjoy the same pleasure with Aliens.
- The Goonies (Alas, I missed this one... all the shows were Friday & Saturday.)
- The Breakfast Club
- Better Off Dead...
- They Live (Starring Rowdy Roddy Piper, of course.)
- Poltergeist- Aliens
- Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy
This one offers discount tickets for kids 12 and under.
- The Muppet Movie - I have a very vague recollection of seeing this at the old Roth Silver Spring East Theater.
- The Dark Crystal - The scariest kids movie ever.
- UPDATE: Labyrinth - How could I omit this one? Ziggy Stardust and Jennifer Connelly - what's not to like?
David Lean: A Centennial Celebration
I've somehow managed to never see Lawrence of Arabia at the AFI. Perhaps this will be the year.
- Lawrence of Arabia
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- Dr. Zhivago
In addition, they'll be screening the fims of Miloš Forman and Warren Beatty. The latter will be receiving an AFI Life Achievement Award and will presumably be enshrined on the nonexistent Silver Spring Walk of Fame.