Monday, February 07, 2011

Answer Me This!

I have what I think is a fun question for you guys. If someone said to you, "Hey you. I'm gonna give you this single screen at a movie theater for a month, and let you schedule a bunch of programs to run during that time," what would your dream programs be? An unsung actor you feel deserves some credit; a bunch of movies you'd like to see lumped together that belong to their own weird little genre; be creative! I did a version of this a couple of years back but it only consisted of double-features - I'm more interested in programs that'd last the course of several movies here.

Here's an example: The Roommate just topped the box-office this weekend. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a theater be running a series of those Single White Female / Hand That Rocks the Cradle type of movies right now? Marky Mark fingering Reese Witherspooon on a roller-coaster and then decapitating her dog playing right beside Alicia Silverstone trying to hump Cary Elwes when he was still worth humping? Yes.

Before you ask no, this has not happened to me. Christ I wish. But I'm curious what you guys can come up with, and I do have a real reason for asking.


Anonymous said...

My dream program would also be centered around a comon theme: Women on the Edge. I would show films about women who are pushed to their emotional extremes including:

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Black Narcissus
Black Swan
Cries & Whispers
Revolutionary Road
Rosemary's Baby
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Anonymous said...

I'd screen all the things I keep missing at the Prince Charles. Labyrinth, Spirited away, Forbidden Planet.

Because I am definitely that lame.

breedaniels said...

My program would feature films about Spinsters: How Lonliness Can Drive a Person Crazy. The films would include:

The Attic
Rachel, Rachel
That Cold Day In The Park
The Piano Teacher
The Forest For The Trees
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
The Beguiled
Notes On A Scandal
La Ceremonie
The Housekeeper (A Judgement in Stone)

Prospero said...

It would have to be a John Waters retrospective for me.

Laura said...

I saw All About Eve for the first time this past week (about damn time, I know), and it got me thinking about the professional highs and lows over the course of an actor's lifetime. All About Eve single-handedly resurrected Bette Davis' career. So I think it would be really interesting to shape a program around hollywood comebacks possibly featuring:

Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story
Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
Bette Davis in All About Eve
Judy Garland in A Star is Born
Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia
Marlon Brando in The Godfather
Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
Elizabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas
Bill Murray in Rushmore; Lost in Translation
Diane Lane in Unfaithful
Robert Downey Jr. in Zodiac; Tropic Thunder
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

timothy grant said...

Movies that treat the darkest of subjects with the blackest of humor:

Chuck and Buck
Serial Mom
Withnail and I
Harold and Maude
American Psycho

Or a tribute to the Georges ... as in Christopher and Linda Day:

City of the Living Dead
Beyond Evil
Day of the Animals.

Dave S said...

Disaster Mania! starring:

The Poseidon Adventure
The Towering Inferno
Airport 1975
Airport '77
The Concorde: Airport '79
Tidal Wave