Monday, July 19, 2010

The Envy Report: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

I've written about the AFI Silver Theatre before, but just had to mention them again as they have an amazing lineup of films over the next couple of months. They're once again celebrating the films of the 80's and have put together somewhat of a dream list. Here's what's in store . . .

The Empire Strikes Back - Legend - House (the one with William Katt) - Clue - Fletch - Back to the Future - Young Sherlock Holmes - Re-Animator - The Fog - Weird Science - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter - Xanadu - Clash of the Titans - Enemy Mine - Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock

. . . and that's just a sample! It would be so great to see these all on the big screen again. Plus there's something wonderful about being able to see classic Kurosawa and Friday the 13th films in the same place : ) In some ways it's probably a good thing I don't live in D.C. because I would likely spend way too much time at the AFI!

On an unrelated note, I saw Christopher Nolan's Inception over the weekend and it is absolutely brilliant! The strange thing is that I had a reaction almost identical to The Dark Knight. Great story, perfect technical execution, and a vibrant supporting cast that outshines the supposed leading man. Much like Christian Bale, DiCaprio is simply adequate and not much more. Thankfully everyone else across the board is terrific, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who I'd written off after he chose to play Cobra Commander in one of the more outrageous "what were they thinking" moments in recent memory) and Tom Hardy being standouts. If you enjoy mind-bending films you shouldn't miss it, and if you're in Hampton Roads definitely go see it at The Commodore. A terrific venue for this type of film!

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