Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Summer at the Silver is Gold

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
- 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
- E.T.

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 MiloŇ° 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.


Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I misbehaved as a teenager at the Roth Silver Spring East Theater. Talking during the movies, rolling beer bottles (Mickey's Malt Liquor!) down from the back row and throwing popcorn around. Pretty tame compared to the Majestic. I guess only one or two screens made such mayhem manageable.

Thayer Avenue said...

Is it my imagination, or did you get the graphics smackdown from the studio police? I was going to make a comment about the Lawrence of Arabia poster - the fact that they left out his piercing blue eyes from the illustration - but now it's gone.

What gives?

Sligo said...

I tried to make a small change and the formatting got all screwy. Stupid "Blogger in Draft". I'll put them back up tonight.

Thayer Avenue said...

Whew! I thought they got all RIAA on you.

David Bowie + Chinese meditation balls + snakes = awesome. Glad you picked that one up.

Vagrarian said...

Labyrinth is a little cheesy but I have a soft spot for it. Jennifer C. was only 16 at the time; who'd'a'thunk she'd go so far?

The David Lean series also has Blithe Spirit, a sparkling ghost comedy with a young Rex Harrison; yes, he was actually young once. It's no epic but quite fun.

Sligo said...

Re: Lawrence of Arabia Poster

Yeah, his eyes were cool. No homo.

I tried to put the frakkin' pictures back today but the stupid formatting on the Blogger editor was screwing with me.

jerry'sdaughter said...

So I am not the only one having trouble with photos on Blogger? thanks that made me feel better.

thanks for the heads up about AFI too.