The movie I’m really looking forward to this week is Tommorowland. Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird, co-written by Damon Lindelof (of LOST), and stars George Clooney. I just don’t see how it can fail. And if you go see it on Friday at a Regal Cinema with your Regal Crown Club card, you have a chance to get a Tomorrowland pin.
The next Star Wars comes out this year, and as cool as that new teaser trailer is it doesn’t quite capture the imagination in the way these paintings by Ralph McQuarrie do. McQuarrie was the conceptual artist that George Lucas turned to to put visuals to the stories. What is striking is how much of the way the original movies look is contained in these original pieces.
Fans of Mystery Science Theater may remember the Santa Claus Conquers the Martians episode from the third season, often considered one of the best in the series. Later on after Joel left, Mike got to do his own Christmas episode about Santa Claus, a movie from 1959 that involves the devil sending a henchmen named Pitch to destroy Christmas. Oh and also Merlin makes his way into the plot somehow.
If you haven’t been to a Rifftrax in a theater it’s a real blast and it’s live so you really never know what will happen. While it may not be quite the same as seeing Tom Servo and Crow’s silhouettes it’s still a lot of fun.
And if you act soon, you have a chance to win free tickets from WXRY. All you have to do is join their mailing list and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets.
RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus is playing at Columbiana Grande this Thursday at 8:00.
If you’re a Hunger Games junkie then you’ll probably want to take the afternoon off of work or skip school because you’ll be able to see all three films back to back for one price on Thursday. The movies start at 2:00 at AMC Dutch Square and 2:30 at Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhills or Regal Pastime Pavilion. What follows will be a solid 8 hours of Hunger Games, including the new Mockingjay Part 1 at 8:00.
Tickets are $22 at the Regal cinemas and $25 at Dutch Square, which is a pretty good deal for 3 movies, although you’ll probably be dining on movie pretzels and popcorn. In addition, at Dutch Square you’ll be able to get a special ‘Commemorative Marathon lanyard’ and a poster.
Perhaps it was trying compensate for that George Orwell book, but 1984 was arguably one of the bestyearsever when it comes to movies and pop culture. Not only did our movie of the week Ghostbusters come out, 1984 saw the release of such classics as Temple of Doom, Gremlins and The Karate Kid. In addition to movies, so many 80’s things were at their prime. MTV, skateboarding, BMX and breakdancing. Cyndi Lauper. The space shuttle, the olympics in LA, world’s fairs. The original Macintosh came out in 1984, although I was spending hours playing the Ghostbusters game on my Commodore 64. All in all, it was a glorious time to be 9 years old.
So I’m happy that I’ll be able to take my 8 and 11 year old kids to see this in the theater tonight, so they’ll be able to get maybe a little taste of 1984.
If that’s not enough for you, The Big Mo drive-in in Monetta is showing all TRIPLE features this weekend. On one of their three screens you can catch American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Rocky Horror Picture Show back to back to back. Whoa.