A couple months back, the Twittersphere (and the internet in general) was abuzz with the hashtag #7FavFilms. We saw a plethora of variations thereof, including #7FavScenes, which jumped out at us. What makes a specific scene or sequence memorable, even in an already-memorable film? Can a single, masterful scene in an otherwise below-average movie still, somehow, stand out?
As media and filmmaking professionals, we have particular admiration for movie houses and cinemas and we are fortunate to live close to quite a few. There is a particularly special place in our hearts forThe Charles Theatre, which is located in downtown Baltimore. This particular theatre screens both independent and mainstream films much like other local cinemas (i.e. The Uptown in DC, The Weinberg in Frederick, or The Senator, also in Baltimore), The Charles has multiple screening rooms. The structure itself has retained much of its original design and style over its one hundred year history of standing and still seats 485 (without all being in one room).
We have seen many films on its screens, both classic and modern alike, which includes many of our own films as part of the 48 Hour Film Screenings. In fact, we have screened over six films there; Welcome to the Neighborhood, Distilled, Denouement, Rare Finds, Q, Like It’s Your Last, Kill The Monsters, Life Lessons,and more.
The Baltimore 48 has come and gone (in which we unfortunately were unable to participate this year) but the summer continues at The Charles as they continue with aRevival Seriesof landmark films this summer season. The event started back in June with Eva Hesse (Marcie Begleiter), Kings of the Road(Wim Wenders), andBicycle Thieves(Vittorio De Sica). The bulk of the films ran in July but there are more still to come in the series, including the Hitchcock classicRear Window, Heaven Can Wait(Ernst Lubitsch),The Conversation(Francis Ford Coppola) andDonnie Darko(Richard Kelly).
Don’t miss the remaining films!
The Senator has been running a series of revivals as well:
The variety in the lineups at each theatre is refreshing. There are a number of titles that appeal to us and we consider ourselves fortunate that such art and variety thereof is so readily available. We certainly appreciate such revivals and will be visiting The Charles for this series and doubtlessly others into the autumn, winter and after.
Summer is almost here and while we’ve been experiencing some dreary days recently, it puts us in mind of films that highlight the summer season. Here are our Top Ten films about and/or for summer (in no particular order). What are yours?
The Sandlot. “You’re killing me, smalls!”
The Sandlot is both a fun romp and surprisingly intelligent. It’s a classic for a reason and definitely belongs at the top of your summer movie list.
This is the quintessential summer blockbuster and continues to be a favorite flick for many, us included.
Summer vacation at the beach gone wrong. We definitely thought twice about getting into the water at the beach again after seeing this.
A film that doesn’t necessarily leap out as a summer classic, but captures that brief time in the adolescent experience between your teenage years and taking the first steps into the rest of your life.
A Hitchcock classic! Stuck at home recovering from an injury during a summer heat wave, what else are you going to do but spy on your neighbor across the courtyard? And then get sucked into a crazy murder plot?
Field of Dreams.
This film encapsulates the spirit of America’s favorite pastime in a beautiful and eloquent story. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s a classic for a reason and the perfect summer movie.
The Parent Trap.
Both versions — the 1961 original and the 1998 remake — are well worth the watch. The story extends well beyond summer, but the magic that happens at the start propels the rest of the movie and would not have do so nearly as well if not for the summer setting.
“We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!” Especially with Resurgence set to be released next month, a re-watch of the original this summer feels more fitting than ever.
The Man In The Moon.
Fairly unknown, this film, released in 1991, was Reese Witherspoon’s first leading role. Set in rural Louisiana during the summer of 1957, the handsome 17-year-old Court Foster moves in next door to Dani and her older sister Maureen. It’s part coming of age story, romance and tragedy. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Stand By Me.
Summer vacation is here, perfect for an adventure … and finding a dead body?