Looks like I’ll be heading to the movies a bunch of times in the coming weeks.
Yes, there are some recent or pending releases I’d like to go see. I still haven’t made it to The Dark Knight Rises or Total Recall. The Expendables 2 is waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, there’s some good, old-fashioned rollickin’ cinema coming down the pike. Check this out:
First up? Coming to Cinemark theaters for one night only on August 23rd is Jaws, in celebration of the new Blu-ray release. I’ve never actually seen this one on the big screen. I was “too young” when it was first released. My father took me to see Jaws 2 and later Jaws 3-D, but the original has eluded me in glorious big-ass-o-vision all these years. So, there no way I’m missing it this time. Check to see if it’s coming to your town.
Next up? Monday, August 27th: Another one-night engagement in celebration of its 30th anniversary: Fast Times At Ridgemont High. This is another one I didn’t see in theaters, which is odd considering I was 15 and it has Phoebe Cates…well…you know. Anyway, this one looks like it’s going to be a bit of a party, with Kevin organizing a meetup of sorts. It’ll also be my first time at the newly re-christened Alamo Drafthouse here in KC. Can’t wait to check out an Alamo screening. Hey bud, let’s party.
But, the BIG ONE? Has to be this: The Man With The Hat.
AMC is getting set to host a one-week engagement of Raiders of the Lost Ark, IMAX-ified, from September 7th-13th. It’s another promotion, this time for the upcoming Blu-ray release of all four Indy movies. I remember having an absolute blast watching this one the summer it came out, but what I don’t recall is now many times friends and I went to see it. Had to be double-digits, though. I’ll almost certainly try to get to this one, which is good, as I likely won’t be able to make the one-day-only Indiana Jones Marathon set for September 15th. All four Indy flicks. Check the link to see if Indy’s whipping his way to a theater near you.
Just remember to bring your own catheter.
The last time I did a movie marathon of any sort at a theater was 15 or so years ago, when a local theater screened the four Alien movies, with the proceeds going to charity. The one I remember most fondly was the “Sit Long and Prosper” marathon, screening what at the time was the five Star Trek films on September 8th, 1991, in honor of Trek‘s 25th anniversary. We got our first real look at trailer footage for the then-upcoming Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Michi and I drove from Albany, Georgia to Atlanta to attend that. I swore off movie popcorn for six months or so after that.
Okay. Movie time! Who’s with me?