Cult classics: 4th of July Staycation
When Milk Made photographer Andrew Boyle isn’t snapping pictures, he’s feeding his reputation as a rabid movie geek. In his early 20s Andrew worked for the grand art deco film palace The Astor Theatre in his hometown of Melbourne Australia, which champions 35mm and 70mm print screenings of classics and cult favorites (in a country where film distributors destroy their rare prints, calling them ‘surplus’).
Maintaining to this day a 14 year association with the theatre to help ensure its continued existence for future generations, Andrew also started ‘Neon Marquee‘, an online resource for film lovers to find their favorites and discover classics on the big screen, often in their intended celluloid format.
From the new restorations of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Hard Day’s Night, through to midnight cult classic screenings, Milk Made presents Andrew’s picks for the movie buffs out there between New York and LA this July 4th weekend. Sprinkle a few of these between the beer, BBQ’s and fireworks for a solid long weekend wind down!
THE BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964) – 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION: Screening as a limited engagement at New York’s Film Forum and Los Angeles’ Silent Movie Theatre, the Fab Four star in Richard Lester’s hilarious and stylish caper flick. Highly energetic, John Lennon’s dry wit is a highlight. Commences Friday July 4th at Film Forum. Also commences Thurs July 3rd at L.A’s Cinefamily at Silent Film Theatre.
2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968): Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus will be presented in glorious 70mm Print Format. This now obsolete format is the most lavish movie presentation format possible, trumping 4K for depth, tone and color range. Never intended to be seen on anything smaller than a cinema screen it is vital to see it the way Kubrick intended. Sat July 5th and Sun July 6th at Museum of The Moving Image
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) – NEW 40TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION: Still unequaled today as a landmark piece of terror, the renegade film maker stylings of Tobe Hooper’s frightening tale of five young friends enduring torment at the hands of a sadistic Texas clan contains a sense of creeping terror before jarring the viewer with sharp brutality. New 4K restoration with 7.1 sound, approved by Hooper. Thurs July 3rd 8:15pm, 10:15pm & 11:20pm, Fri July 4th & Sat July 5th, 11:20PM, IFC Center.
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988): It may be 25 years old, but Roger Rabbit’s mix of live action and animation excels many of today’s CG efforts, thanks mainly to Bob Hoskins who made us believe Roger Rabbit could truly be real. Thurs July 3rd, Fri July 4th & Sat July 5th, midnight, Sunshine Theatre.
HARRY POTTER ‘HOGWARTS AND ALL: The Potter series returns in its entirety, kicking off July 4th through to July 10th. A remarkable movie series really that was able to retain its entire key cast (sans Richard Harris who dies after part 2) throughout and provided a satisfying adaptation. Fri July 4th until July 10th, IFC Center (Part’s 1 through 4 across July 4th long weekend).
HIGH NOON (1952): Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly star in this dark western that landed the screen writer on McCarthy’s communist black list. Stark black and white photography underscores this Oscar winning piece of cinematic perfection. Fri July 4th, 5pm, IFC Center.
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991): The film that changed visual effects forever retains a ferocious pace of action and storytelling that cemented it as a bench mark for action sci-fi. A vastly different experience on the big screen. Thurs Jul 3rd, Fri July 4th & Sat July 5th, midnight, IFC Center
JAWS (1975): The current summer blockbuster model ids credited to Spielberg’s giant shark thriller that made a vast majority of vacationers a little phobic of going in the water. Thurs July 3rd, Fri July 4th & Sat July 5th, midnight, IFC Center.
CITIZEN KANE (1941): Pretty much needing no introduction, Orson Welles’ classic sits atop many of the ‘greatest films of all time’ lists for good reason, and features some of the most gorgeous cinematography ever committed to film. Sat July 5th, 9pm, IFC Center.
TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (2004): Spoofing Thunderbirds, the South Park creators took a swipe at America’s stance as the supposed defender of global freedom. Crass, offensive and completely hilarious. Fri July 4th & Sat July 5th, midnight, Nitehawk Cinema.
MARS ATTACKS! (1996): Tim Burton revisited the old Topps trading card series making a comedic 50s B Grade style take on a race of nasty aliens who want us all dead. Sports a massive ensemble cast. Pre film music performance! Sat July 5th & Sun July 6th, 11:30am, Nitehawk Cinema.
MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (1975): plus ERIK VIKING (1989) Double Feature. In honor of the Monty Python reunion happening in London, comedy classic MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (with 10 minutes of never-before-seen lost animations with commentary by Terry Gilliam) screens along with ERIK THE VIKING (35mm Print), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Thurs July 3rd, 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre.
2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968): Although not in the preferred 70mm print format, the magnificent Egyptian Theatre will screen a new DCP remaster of Kubrick’s other worldy epic. Fri July 4th, 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre.
THE SHINING (1980): Kubrick’s chilling horror classic is a treat of creepiness and wildly symmetrical cinematography. A hypnotic big screen experience that can’t be duplicated in a home viewing environment. Sat July 5th, 7:30pm, Egyptian Theatre.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) – Oliver Stone in person! Tom Cruise is a wounded Marine struggling to reconcile the rhetoric about the war with its reality, eventually taking a place at the front lines of the protest movement. 25 years on it’s still essential. Fri July 4th, 7:30pm, Aero Theatre.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959): One of the all time greatest screen comedies. Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis witness a mob killing and are forced to go drag to escape their would be assailants. Complications arise as Curtis falls for breathless bombshell Marilyn Monroe. Billy Wider’s direction is flawless. Sun July 6th, 7:30pm, Aero Theatre.
COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982) plus THE GREAT GATSBY (1974) Double Feature: The New Beverly, owned by Quentin Tarantino and champion of rare 35mm print screenings presents a double bill of classics starring Karen Black. ‘Five and Dime’ screens with an archival print. Fri July 4th 7:30pm and Sat July 5th 7pm, New Beverly Cinema.
BURNT OFFERINGS (1976): This classic haunted house chiller sports a legendary cast including Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee Montgomery and Burgess Meredith. Perfect midnight movie fodder! Sat July 5th, midnight, New Beverly Cinema.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981): Take in the first Indiana Jones adventure at an outdoor screening at the legendary Hollywood Forever cemetery. Bring a rug, your date and dinner as gates open at 7:15pm ahead of the main feature at 9:30pm. Thurs July 3rd 7:15pm, Hollywood Forever Cemetery.