So, I like movies. I’ve blogged about some childhood favorites. I’ve blogged recently about the Hollywood Theater and In Person Productions. Here I’d like to express my thoughts on what movies I’d like to see on the big screen in a little room over at the Hollywood. All of these could only be enhanced by In Person bringing in a related actor, writer, director, producer, etc. I don’t know if they take requests, but that’s not gonna stop me from blogging about it.
Wolfman's got nards!
Monster Squad ⚡ Duh. This movie is perfect for the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. It’s got a cult following. I hear other theaters are doing it. Wolfman’s got nards. (I’ve never seen Dekker‘s other movie, Night of the Creeps… maybe that would be cool too?) At any rate, this movie is fantastic. The monsters come alive, they’re so evil and scary.
Goonies ⚡ Who wouldn’t wanna see this? I want to say this was the movie for my generation. It had a pirate’s treasure, kids as heroes, Sloth, and asthma. I’m sure I wore out the local video store’s VHS when I was younger. I’d love to see this on the big screen, in all of it’s sweeping epic glory.
Explorers ⚡ I don’t think that I ever saw this film on a big screen. I just saw it on VHS. I’d love to see it in full-size. I’d also like to know how many others dig/remember this film. I mean, it had a Commodore 64 in it… and the kids made their own spaceship. They made. their. own. spaceship!
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War Games ⚡ I still want to try that payhone trick. How cool was that? Talking computers? So futuristic! Reminded me of SAM. Global thermonuclear war was kind of scary, but I was too busy trying to figure out that modem.
Can't rain all the time…
The Crow ⚡ This movie is incredible. I saw in on VHS for the first time. I’d love to see it in the theater. It’s a story of revenge, it’s a story of love, it’s a story of some things being stronger than mere mortality. The images & ideas from James O’Barr’s graphic novel were transferred quite well to the screen here, the violence was actually played down. Making Eric a guitar player instead of a dancer is probably the only time I’ll ever say “yeah, good move” to a movie changing a comic book or graphic novel story. T-Bird said “There ain’t no coming back. This is the really real world, there ain’t no coming back.” But, we all know T-bird was wrong. So, let’s bring this one back to the big screen.
Ghostbusters double feature ⚡ OK, just the first one. They came, they saw, they kicked some ass… and should have stuck with the cartoon instead of Ghostbusters II. Maybe we shouldn’t cross the streams. I think I did see this in the theater, but I don’t remember it. I wanna see a life sized Stay Puft marshmallow man, please. (Yes, I actually had a plush one when I was a kid.)
Back to the Future marathon ⚡ A perfect trilogy. Goofy adventure, faulty science, crazy hair, the old west, 50’s cars, cowboys & Indians, hover-boards, poop jokes, futuristic home-faxing, temporal paradoxes, a Star Wars reference, a Chuck Berry song, ZZ Top in the old west, & Huey Lewis. What’s not to love? Oh yeah… the AMC DeLorean is the coolest time machine ever, and there was a sweet guitar.
We named the DOG Indiana...
Indiana Jones marathon. ⚡ Or maybe Indiana Jones month. Four weekends, four films. Or, only 3. It’s OK if there’s only 3. Unless they hand out Crystal Skull Head Vodka at the event. These stories are too epic for your TV, they need to be shown on a grand scale. I can hear the music in my head as I’m typing. Now you can too, can’t you? I’m not sorry. Maybe I can just bring the Wii over & play Lego Indiana Jones while no one’s using the theater? Please?
Siskel & Ebert... or Eborsisk the dragon.
Willow ⚡ I think I did see this on the big screen, but I’d like to see it again. I feel like it’s an underrated movie. It had great effects, a great fairy-tail type story with a literal little guy taking on the evil establishment, and a world in which you could easily get lost. Also, the villain, General Kael was incredibly scary & awesome, even if he shopped at the same store as Skeletor.
STAR freakin’ WARS marathon ⚡ I mean, come on. Do I even really need to even state a case here? We have the movies proper, the animated feature film, the Ewok specials. Play ‘em all! Please, play the Star Wars Holiday Special. It may have to be some secret underground invitation-only thing so George Lucas doesn’t hunt us all down & destroy us, but it’d be totally worth it.
Never tell them the odds...
Fanboys ⚡ See above. It’s a fun movie. I’d like to see it on a big screen, it never got a proper release. I bet you could get more than a few of the actors to come down to the Hollywood. Let’s do this. There’s a kid named Windows. Windows, I tell you. This is a great film for geeks & nerds of all kinds.
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Shaun of the Dead ⚡ Zombies, zombies, and more zombies… in a romantic comedy? Yes. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, & Nick Frost are geniuses. This movie is just absolutely incredible. I bet people would be all about seeing this on the big screen. We could watch the regular movie… or the one with pop-up trivia. How fun would it be to see this with a room full of like-minded humorous zombie film fans?
Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, 'Aaaaaaah?'
Hot Fuzz ⚡ Yes. And, whatever the 3rd movie is gonna be. OK, the movie is a little slow in the beginning, but it’s absolutely necessary for the ridiculous pacing later in the film. This is the buddy cop film of all buddy cop films, that unleashes ridiculous action like no other. It’s great to see a movie that celebrates & pokes fun at an entire genre.
These guys are at the movies every time we go...
Gremlins double-feature ⚡ I think I saw these in the theater too, but I wanna see them again. A mogwai would be the coolest pet ever, as long as you don’t feed it after midnight, or let it near your office supplies.
Batman night! ⚡ Any/all of them, please. Why not play some of the serials or Batman: Dead End too? Batman is the coolest comic book character ever. He’s smarter and more cunning than all of them combined. Sure, he’s just Zorro with ears & more toys… but it’s such a great story & way easier to relate to than something like Superman or the X-Men, unless you’re an alien or some sort of mutant. I mean, there’s a plethora of cartoon movies too. It could be Batman movie day every day.
The LONE Rangers? There's 3 of you...
Airheads ⚡ Some day, I’m going to write a letter to Santa, and my wish list will be as follows: Radio Airplay, a football helmet full of cottage cheese, naked pictures of Bea Arthur, A Zon walnut bass, a PRS guitar with dragon inlays, 67 copies of Moby Dick, and a six-foot baby bottle. You dig? Who has ever picked up a guitar, bass, or drum sticks & didn’t love this movie? If you just thought “me”, you might as well just quit reading now.
He was the patron saint of quality footwear.
This is Spinal Tap ⚡ This movie goes to 11, and has incredible sustain. Why wouldn’t we all want to watch & laugh together? In 1984, everyone in a band thought this was poking fun directly at them. And, while it was… that’s why it’s hilarious.
It Might Get Loud
It Might Get Loud ⚡ Great movie. I’m not a U2 fan, and I thought that Jack White was slightly annoying before this… but it was just a cool tale of the evolution of the guitar and the individual players. It gave me insight into the three guitarists and their influences. And really, who wouldn’t want to be in a room with the opportunity to jam with Jimmy Page?
Actually any rock docs or even concert movies being regular would be quite cool. I just missed Purple Rain, damn it. Anvil! The Story of Anvil and Lemmy would be great movies to see in the theater. Why not a whole series of Kevin Smith films? I love the adventures of Jay & Silent Bob. Even stand-up comedy films might be cool as long as they don’t involve any of the Blue Collar guys. Maybe even The Princess Bride, The Last Dragon, Flight of the Navigator, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure & Bogus Journey, & any of the Star Trek movies.
He ain't no cornball! He's my brother. And he's the master.
A bad movie night with Leonard Part 6, The ‘Burbs, or Howard the Duck would be excellent. Maybe even Pluto Nash? (I’ve never worked up the courage to see that one.)
She's Out of My League
What about Pittsburgh set or filmed movies, like She’s Out of My League, Adventureland, & so many more?
Would you like to see any of these at the Hollywood or a theater near you? What have I missed? What do you wanna see on the little big screen?