Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This Week At The Cinema: Behind The Scenes With Kubrick and The Sandlot

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 12:37 PM

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Tonight at Malco Ridgeway, Indie Memphis presents Filmworker, the story of Leon Vitali. An actor who landed the part of Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon, Vitali gave up a promising acting career to become Stanley Kubrick's right hand man through the 1970s, 80s, and 1990s. The documentary is a story of creativity's highs and lows, and a warts-and-all account of the making of some of the greatest films ever. Tickets are going fast for this one. They are available over on the Indie Memphis website.


Meanwhile, over at the Paradiso, there's a 25th anniversary screening of The Sandlot, a cult coming-of-age film about a young boy who moves to Los Angeles and wants to learn to play baseball.

On Thursday at the Paradiso, there's a filmed version of a Broadway musical version of a film: Newsies.


This week, the Orpheum Theatre's Summer Movie Series hits a trio of high notes. First on Friday is the all-time classic The Wizard of Oz. If your kids have never seen it, they need to. If you haven't seen it in a while, it richly rewards repeated viewings. If you don't know anything about it, educate yourself with this trailer:


Once you've gotten your fix of Judy Garland fighting witches, head on over to the Midnight at the Studio, where Mike McCarthy is presenting one of the most unlikely onscreen love stories ever made, Harold and Maude. The film about a May-December romance between a young pessimist and an old optimist plays at the witching hour on both Friday and Saturday.


Saturday night, The Orpheum returns with a sorely needed double feature for our superhero-obsessed times. At 5 PM, it's Superman. Richard Donner's 1978 film is a tour de force of pre-CGI special effects. Even 40 years and literally hundred of superhero movies later, no actors have come close to either Christopher Reeve's performance as Superman or the recently departed Margo Kidder's turn as Lois Lane.


Then, after you freshen your soda and popcorn, The Orpheum presents Tim Burton's 1989 Batman. Often considered the first modern superhero movie, its success in 1989 was by no means a sure thing. That's why Warner Brothers attached their biggest musical star to do the soundtrack. It doesn't get much attention now, but "Batdance" was Prince's fourth song to hit #1 on the Billboard pop charts, the R&B charts, and the dance charts all at the same time. Check out this batshit crazy video, directed by Purple Rain helmer Albert Magnoli.


See you at the cinema! 

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