Yet another good movie weekend in Los Angeles, although really is there ever a bad one?
Once movie-goers have gotten their fill of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, there are a couple of great – and very fun – screening events being held by the American Cinematheque this weekend. I have to admit I’m not the biggest Tarantino admirer, in fact, I barely tolerate his movies (with the exception of perhaps one and a few random scenes in the others) so I’m a little more psyched for these other retro events over the newer main attraction.
Last month, the American Cinematheque screened the first 3 INDIANA JONES films at the Aero theater in Santa Monica back-to-back-to-back, thankfully skipping the atrocity that is INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. The event landed on the same weekend as the San Diego Comic-con, so much of the crowd who would have packed the theater was too busy geeking out in San Diego. I blogged about the event then, but was also in San Diego attending Comic-con.
However, you have another chance. The Cinematheque is holding a repeat of that event this time at the Egyptian in Hollywood and it all starts at 6pm on Saturday, August 22 as part of the Cinematheque’s Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction.
I can't think of anything else to say about this other than what I have already said except for it's the 3 great INDIANA JONES films on the big screen. My original blog post can be found HERE, and the official Cinematheque release can be seen below.
Sunday provides an event of a completely different nature. It’s late August, and summer is nearing the end as school is about to start so it is only fitting that on August 23 at the Aero in Santa Monica, the double feature will be the 1984 20th Century Fox film REVENGE OF THE NERDS followed by 1986’s BACK TO SCHOOL from MGM.
Both REVENGE OF THE NERDS and BACK TO SCHOOL gained cult status on Home Video. NERDS has an impressive cast that went onto bigger and better things like Anthony Edwards (ER), Timothy Busfield (THE WEST WING), Curtis Armstrong (MOONLIGHTING and BOSTON LEGAL), Ted McGinley (HAPPY DAYS and MARRIED…WITH CHILDREN), John Goodman (ROSEANNE, BARTON FINK, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, etc.) and James Cromwell (STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, W, SPACE COWBOYS, etc.).
Taking a cue from ANIMAL HOUSE is the eternal struggle between frat houses pitting jocks vs. the nerds, REVENGE OF THE NERDS was also one of the first R rated comedies I ever saw. I still find this movie incredibly funny, and oddly outside of perhaps the clothing and hairdos and lack of cell phones and other 21st century technology, it doesn’t feel all that dated. Not to mention that Orson Welles did the voice over for the trailer (there is a link to it below).
BACK TO SCHOOL is probably Rodney Dangerfield’s next best known role next to his memorable turn in CADDYSHACK. It also features an impressive cast including Sally Kellerman (MASH – 1970 Robert Altman film version), Burt Young (Paulie from ROCKY, CHINATOWN), Robert Downey, Jr. (do I need to list credits?), Terry Farrell (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE), Adrienne Barbeau (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK), Ned Beatty (NETWORK, DELIVERANCE), Robert Picardo (STAR TREK: VOYAGER, INNERSPACE) and comedian Sam Kinison. Worth it for the diving scene alone.
As usual, it is one price for this great retro 80s double feature – but wait, there’s more! As an added bonus, the Rubinoos will be performing the theme song from REVENGE OF THE NERDS as well as other pop hits between the films.
The American Cinematheque website is HERE.
The official releases for both events follow:
SATURDAY AUGUST 22, 6PM - The Egyptian, Hollywood
Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction - Indiana Jones Marathon
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to wrest the Ark of the Covenant from the lost Egyptian city of Tanis. Brilliant, nonstop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas that mixes 1930s-style matinee thrills with the ominous threat of Hitler's henchmen controlling one of history's most powerful objects. With terrific support from Paul Freeman as Indy's suave nemesis Belloq, Ronald Lacey as the sinister Nazi officer Toht and John Rhys-Davies as Indy's right-hand man Sallah. Imaginatively written by Lawrence Kasdan (based on Lucas and Philip Kaufman's original story), aided by a typically stirring John Williams score, one of his very best. Trailer
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, 1984, Paramount, 118 min. Harrison Ford returns as adventurer Indiana Jones in the second installment of director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas’ tribute to the bygone era of cliffhanger movie serials. This time Jones, fleeing Shanghai with an American chanteuse (Kate Capshaw) and a teenage thief, suddenly finds himself in rural India, attempting to help free a village’s children from indentured servitude in the mines belonging to a maniacal cult. Before the last frame unspools, Jones will find himself fighting for survival, along with his comrades, in the nefarious Temple of Doom. Trailer
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, 1989, Paramount, 127 min. Director Steven Spielberg returns for the third entry in the trilogy with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching for his ill-humored father (Sean Connery) after the brilliant archaeologist is kidnapped by the Nazis for his knowledge of the whereabouts of the Holy Grail, a sacred artifact that, like the first installment’s Ark of the Covenant, supposedly holds supernatural powers to redeem or destroy the world. With a great supporting cast that includes Denholm Elliot, John Rhys- Davies, Julian Glover and River Phoenix (in flashback) as the teenage Indiana Jones. Trailer
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 – 7:30 PM - The Aero in Santa Monica
Back To School Double Feature:
REVENGE OF THE NERDS, 1984, 20th Century Fox, 90 min. Dir. Jeff Kanew. This cult classic stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards as Louis and Gilbert, two nerdy yet lovable college freshmen. They are miserable – not only are they taunted mercilessly by the jocks of Alpha Beta, but Louis has a hopeless crush on Betty (Julia Montgomery), the girlfriend of the quarterback. Deciding finally to fight back, they join up with Poindexter (Timothy Busfield) and Booger (Curtis Armstrong) and form their own fraternity. Soon, hilarious out-and-out warfare begins – but can they really win? The cast also includes James Cromwell and John Goodman. The Rubinoos ("I Think We're Alone Now" - 1987) performed the theme song for the film. Trailer
BACK TO SCHOOL, 1986, MGM Repertory, 96 min. Dir. Alan Metter. Rodney Dangerfield can’t get no respect as the father of a young man (Keith Gordon) who has decided that he doesn’t want to go to college after all. Determined to show him the importance of education, Dangerfield decides to enroll at the university as well. Instantly popular due to his wild parties, he soon has to figure out if he’s sending his son the right message after all. There are lots of laughs, of course, as well as a cameo by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and a soundtrack by former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman. The band The Rubinoos will appear in person to perform the REVENGE OF THE NERDS theme song and other pop hits!
The American Cinematheque website can be found HERE.