Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How I love to spend my summers - with classic movies!

Columbus just announced its summer classic movie series. Here are my takes on their (mostly) wonderful slate. Never mind the sun - here is where I will be spending much of my summer.

Note: For any Ohio friends who are reading this, the weekday screenings are tough for me to make, but weekends usually work, Dayton's series is due to be announced in May. 

Thin Seperation

Rear Window (1954)

Friday, June 4, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 6, 2 pm & 7:30 pm 

James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr

Seen it several times. After all, it is my second-favorite Hitch,
next to Vertigo.

Thin Seperation

It Happened One Night (1934)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 9 & 10, 7:30 pm daily
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

You know most of the cliches that run rampant in most rom-coms?
This film invented most of them - and did them better.

Thin Seperation


Friday, June 11, 7:30 pm


Frankenstein (1931)
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke


The Wolf Man (1941)
Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi

What a fun double! Frankenstein deserves its reputation.
Can't speak to The Wolf Man, but it's gotta be better than
this year's movie.

Thin Seperation

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Saturday, June 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 13, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor

Perhaps the greatest example of the Golden Age of MGM musicals,
this delightful, tune-filled comedy spoofs the chaos in Hollywood during
 the transition from silent to sound movies. Musical gems include
“Good Morning,” “Broadway Melody,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and of course,
title tune “Singin’ in the Rain.”

To quote Jiminy Cricket: PERHAPS??!??!?!

Thin Seperation


Rio Bravo (1959)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 16 & 17, 7:30 pm daily
John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan

Very fine film, but I prefer the movie this was a response to:
High Noon, my favorite Western of all time. Wayne and
Howard Hawks just span in their graves. 

Thin Seperation


Pretty Woman (1990)

Rated R
Friday, June 18, 7:30 pm
Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander

So movies from the 90s are in the series now, huh? Pass the Geritol.

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, June 19, 10 am

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Saturday, June 19, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 20, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Make 'em roar, make em scream, take a fall, butt a wall, split a seam ... oh, wrong movie. Well, maybe not. 

The Goonies (1985)

Wednesday, June 23, 7:30 pm

Lots of fun, but it's one of those films that gets overrated
by people wearing the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia.
I always preferred Gremlins.


Thursday & Friday, June 24 & 25, 7:30 pm daily
Both films will be accompanied live by Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre’s prized “Mighty Morton” organ!


Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire


Seven Chances (1925)

I had the great pleasure of hearing Clark WIlson provide
accompaniment to Metropolis; the experience was mind-blowing.
I've always wanted an excuse to see a silent comedy.
Now I have two.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Friday, June 25, 11 pm
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono

This would make a heck of a triple after the Keaton films, no?

Carousel (1956)

Saturday, June 26, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 27, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Not a great movie, but I have a soft spot for it because my friend Angie
played a lovely Julie Jordan.

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Wednesday & Thursday, June 30 & July 1, 7:30 pm daily
William Powell, Carole Lombard

Touted as the funniest comedy of its decade!

Of the decade? Well, no, that's Bringing Up Baby.
But this is almost as funny. 

All About Eve (1950)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8, 7:30 pm daily
Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

If only this didn't play during the week so I had a better
chance of seeing it with a dear friend whose birthday
 had a lot to do with this movie last year ;) Inside references
aside, this is one of the best films ever made for the sheer
power of the dialogue. It sparkles ... and burns.


How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Rated R
Friday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg

How Eric Politely Declined.

The Music Man (1962)

Saturday, July 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 11, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard

Double your trouble, which starts with T
and that rhymes with P and that stands for
... Paul!

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Wednesday-Friday, July 14-16, 7:30 pm daily
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

Never were a merry-go-round or a tennis game so chilling.

Cartoon Capers

Saturday, July 17, 10 am

Patton (1970)

Saturday, July 17, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 18, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
George C. Scott, Karl Malden

George C. Scott and Bugs Bunny - together at last!!

Double Indemnity (1944)

Wednesday-Friday, July 21-23, 7:30 pm daily

Greatest noir ever? You better believe it, baby.

The Omen (1976)

Friday, July 23, 11 pm
Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens

More slightly overrated Richard Donner. Personally I think it'd be
fun to mash up this and The Goonies. 

My Fair Lady (1964)

Saturday, July 24, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 25, 2 pm
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

I could have yawned all night. 

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