30: The Summer of 1982 Film Festival
If you're not of the Spielberg Generation or perhaps been living in Siberia for the past month then you probably don't realize that this is the 30th Anniversary of 6 movies that defined the most iconic summer of all time!
"The Road Warrior", "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan", "Poltergeist", "E.T.", "Blade Runner" and "Tron" were all released within a month and a half period starting in late May of 1982. These movies would go on to redefine cinema and take their place as true classics of action, fantasy, horror and science fiction.
The Alamo Drafthouse is having a film festival all this month in honor of that pinnacle year. The only problem is their list of movies is cluttered with very forgettable fare. Flicks like "Q: The Winged Serpent", "The Sword and The Sorcerer", "Friday The 13th in 3D" and "Class of 1984" (seriously?) were never really on anyone's radar as far as long term shrine-age and I think they were just trying to fill out the run.
They did manage to secure five of the six but were unfortunately unable to lock down "Blade Runner". I understand that the studio (and Ridley Scott) have always been picky about where the film is shown, but still...the Harrison Ford starer is A MUST and leaves the event somewhat uneven.
I, on the other hand, will be highlighting 'The Essential Six'. Beginning this upcoming weekend a more focused film festival is doing it the right way...in my home theatre!
It's called '30'...and will honor all six icons that are celebrating three decades right now. Beginning Saturday I'll be running a double feature of "The Road Warrior" and "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" followed during the week by "E.T." and "Poltergeist", finally rolling into the next weekend to wrap everything up with "Blade Runner" (The original 1982 cut) and "Tron".
The 10th Box site is being updated as we speak so stay tuned! I'm expecting a high turnout of fans and friends and I may have to seriously overstock the concession stand. LOL!