We've been talking about this for a few months now, and the day is almost upon us . . . we're launching a new movie program called 1 Great Movie! If you haven't heard us discuss it yet, let me fill you in on the pertinent details. As you well know, at Fantasmo we are dedicated to bringing you the best (and worst) cult cinema has to offer on a monthly basis, with the often added value of delightful commentary, special guests, and related ballyhoo. Typically we show a lot of horror, some sci-fi, occasional action, and other oddities which cannot be classified. We recognize however, that there is a whole other world of movies out there that are not mainstream, but don't necessarily fit in with the mission of Fantasmo. 1 Great Movie is thus tailored to seek out THE BEST movies you've either never heard of, or that may have been unjustly dismissed/ignored by the critical community.
With that being said, we don't intend to serve you up a carbon copy of Fantasmo, so 1 Great Movie will feature a slightly different format. One Friday per month, usually the week following Fantasmo, Fantasmo All-Star Tony Mercer (dramatically pictured below) and yours truly will host a screening of a movie we have decided is great.
Fantasmo All-Star Tony Mercer
Your two self-appointed experts will open the screening by presenting our case (i.e. why we feel the movie is great) and then show you the film on the big screen (THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE SEEN). Following the screening we will then open the floor for discussion, and let you tell us if we were right or wrong. We hope to encourage a forum for cineastes to delve into a heady exploration of buried celluloid gems, and call us on our missteps (which are sure to be few and far between - you guessed it, we won't be showing Gymkata anytime soon : )
For our inaugural edition, taking place on Friday, June 8 @ 8:00 p.m., we will be screening Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. When folks speak about Hitchcock, certain titles always are mentioned such as Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, etc. However there are a number of outstanding titles that are mentioned far too infrequently for our tastes. A little while back at Fantasmo we screened Hitchcock's Rope to an enthusiastic response, and were surprised at how many attendees had never seen or heard of it! With this in mind Tony and I felt that a lesser known Hitchcock outing would be a great way to kick off the program, and hopefully get you in our corner/avoid scorn and contempt from the word go (Tony wisely talked me down from French Connection II for our kickoff session, but rest assured one day it will happen).
So without any further ado, here are your full 1 Great Movie: Episode I details:
When: Friday, June 8 @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
Great Movie: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
As with Fantasmo the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for pre-show discussions about all things cinema, and we'll make with the formal proceedings at 8:00 p.m. We're looking forward to this next fantastic addition to our film offerings here at the library, and hope you'll join us for this historic first edition of 1 Great Movie! See you there!