It is that time of the year again: the temperatures are in the 100s, the humidity in the 1000s and everyone and their blanket wants to go somewhere and picnic while watching free entertainment.
So, starting today the grand DC tradition that is “Screen on the Green” kicks off.
On the National Mall too, since this is playing with the big boys freen entertainment.
And as every year, you’ve probably seen the movies before, but hey!, its ok, because you probably loved them as well, and so on Mondays you will try to sneak out of work early to go stake out a coveted lawn position at the Mall, you know the one, the one where the lines of vision are actually clear and canoodle with someone on aforementioned blanket.
The schedule in all its nostalgia glory is:
Annie Hall (1977)
Do we really need to introduce this? Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, a very small and sketchy Paul Simon, New York, LA, inspirational fashion, paranoia of the highest order, everyone “not wanting to be a member of the club that would have them as a member” and a young Christopher Walken (be still our hearts) as Annie’s extremely disturbed brother Duane. Plus, my favorite Woody Allen bit of dialogue, ever:
Alvy Singer: A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
What is not to love, no-luff, no-lurrrrrrve?
The Thing (From Another World) (1951)
Do we really need to introduce this? Howard Hawks mid-madness made this gem of a claustrophobia insanity in which Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. To no avail.
Just under an hour and a half of the best special effect 1951 could get you.
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Do we really need to introduce this? Audrey Hepburn, even more fragile then usual, plays a blind woman caught in a cat and mouse game group of burglars while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. When people say “psychological thriller” they really are referring to this movie.
All the Kings Men (1949)
Do we really need to introduce this? Not to be mistaken with the Sean Penn almost-fiasco remake, this orginal version of Robert Penn Warren’s novel is still considered the ultimate political movie. The filmmakers went overboard NOT to paint the main character as either a Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal. It winds up, then, being more a human-interest story. In other words, there was no political agenda….unlike most films, especially in the last 50 years. A DC summer blockbuster.
Do we really need to introduce this? Humphrey Bogart at his most unassailably cool. Ingrid Bergman at her most heartbreakingly beautiful (its always a toss up between this and “Notorious”). The most quoted and misquoted movie ever, and an ending that has has my mother in tears at least a hundred times.