Houston, we have a problem. Difficult decisions lie ahead.
Of course, I’m talking about the smorgasbord of screenings and killer movie events that film fans in H-Town must choose from today (Sunday, June 4th). There’s so much going on, and unfortunately, one can’t do it all. Check out the menu:
TCM Big Screen Classics presents The Godfather (1972)
Francis Ford Coppola’s crime family classic based on the Mario Puzo novel is back on the big screen in honor of its 45th anniversary. It’s rightfully regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. Brando, Pacino, Duvall, Keaton, Caan, Cazale… the list goes on. Playing at 2pm and 7pm today and Wednesday, June 7th in participating theaters.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 4K screening at Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park (4pm)
I’ve often said that David Lean’s films are enhanced more by a theatrical setting than any other filmmaker. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Dr. Zhivago (1965), and his crown jewel, Lawrence of Arabia, are genuine epics that can be admired but not fully appreciated until viewed on a screen worthy of their grand scale. Don’t miss your chance to see Peter O’Toole’s greatest performance in a beautiful 4K restoration.
The fact that it’s playing at the Alamo is a major bonus. It’s the only choice on this list that pretty much guarantees that you won’t have to deal with annoying talkers/texters. Also, the movie is super long (216 minutes) and it’s nice to have access to food and drinks (all that sand makes one thirsty).
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Growing up, Roger Moore was my favorite Bond. He wasn’t as smooth as Connery, but he was silly and endearing in a unique way and I liked what he brought to the role. Live and Let Die (1973) and The Spy Who Loved Me both rank in my Top 10 James Bond Films. AMC is paying homage to the recently passed gentleman with a double feature that pairs The Spy Who Loved Me with For Your Eyes Only. The former’s iconic opening sequence is worth the price of admission alone. 2pm in select AMC Theaters.
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) and Dizzy Gillespie (1964)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s popular Jazz on Film series is in full swing through June, and today they’re screening a feature-length documentary about pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, and a short film about composer, trumpeter, and bandleader, Dizzy Gillespie, in celebration of the legends’ centennial (both were born in 1917). They were full of life and the screening is sure to be a good time. 5pm at the MFAH. Make sure to check out the rest of the Jazz on Film lineup.
To complicate matters, the much-anticipated second game of the NBA Finals featuring the Cavs and Warriors is on the idiot box at 7pm. As a lifelong cinephile and die hard basketball fan, that makes for some super tough decisions. It’s a good time to be alive!
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