Thursday, May 20, 2010

The classic movie series closer to home - Victoria!

The Ultra Cool Film Series in Dayton has unveiled its lineup of classic films for the summer, and as ever, the lineup is quite good, with one particular eyebrow-raiser.

The Music Man, July 2-4: This is playing Columbus' classic series too, and I already cracked the obvious Beatle joke in my post about it. So this time I shall merely say it will be fun to see a musical whose set I toured, on the Warner Bros.' lot in Burbank several years ago.

Psycho, July 9-11: The first time Victoria played this years ago, it was one of the few films that didn't get applause at the end. I like to think that's because it still creeps people out.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, July 16-18: Very fun film, although I think it's a touch overrated. The best thing about it, aside from the two leads, is the terrific cinematography by Conrad L. Hall, who also shot American Beauty and In Cold Blood, among many others.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, July 23-25:  So it seems Victoria is on a Paul Newman kick. I saw this for the first time recently and liked it quite a lot. It's no Streetcar Named Desire, but it's still fine.

My Fair Lady, July 30-31, Aug. 1: Not seeing it in Columbus. Not seeing it in Dayton. Unless I need a plush place to take a nap.

Animal House, Aug. 6-8.: I find this booking terribly funny for two reasons. First, I'm sure it's a complete coincidence and all, but the timing is more than a little ironic, what the news of the Miami University sororities lately. And this may be the first time in many years that this theater has played a film that has the word "tits" in it. I say "may be" because Victoria used to play cult films in the 70s.

Raiders of the Lost Ark Aug. 13, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Aug. 14, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Aug. 15: So it seems that Victoria is on a Karen Allen kick. She was in Animal House and of course, she is in Raiders too.

Casablanca: Aug. 20-22: "I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I like to think you killed a man. It's the Romantic in me." Bogie and Ingrid Bergman are great, but Claude Rains has all the funniest lines. 

Fiddler on the Roof, Aug. 27-29: Oscar trivia time: John Williams' first win was NOT for a Steven Spielberg film, but for his adaptation of this score.


Martha Hardcastle said...

Aye, Grasshopper - when ye were a wee, wee child, the Victoria (then) Victoria Opera House and in my Disney Yeas, The Victory Theatre, showed cult films.

I can remember going to see things like "Yessongs" but the one consistent factor was they all featured a feature called, "Death of Red Planet." It was the equivalent of going to a bar and the live music was Paul Wayne Beach.

Sir Critic said...

Ah, but I was there as a wee, wee child in the Victory days. That's how I saw "Schlock" and "Help!" and "Yellow Submarine."

Martha Hardcastle said...

Well, you were precocious, too.

Scott Copeland said...

You know, Eric likes to joke about sleeping during movies, but during My Fair Lady when it previously played in the series, I literally did fall asleep.