Forbidden Planet Screening

This is one of my absolute favorite films: Forbidden Planet. Middlebury College will be screening the movie as part of their Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, January 24th from 3 – 5:30pm. Middlebury alumnus, Dan Curry ’68 will be giving an introduction to the film.

The film will be screened at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.

The Hobbit Trilogy Marathon

Two theaters will be screening Hobbit Marathons on Monday, December 15th! Want to take in the entire trilogy in one sitting? The Essex Cinemas and Springfield Cinemas are the place to go.

Over in Essex, the marathon will start of at 2:00 with An Unexpected Journey, followed by The Desolation of Smaug and around 8:00pm, The Battle of Five Armies. Tickets will cost $25 for all three. If you want to just see Battle of Five Armies, you can stop by, but there’s no discount from the marathon price.

Across the state? Stop by the Springfield Cinemas, where you can see all three films in 2D. An Unexpected Journey starts at 1:00pm, The Desolation of Smaug begins at 4:30pm and The Battle of the Five Armies begins at 8:00pm. They’ll also be running a costume contest: come as your favorite character, and you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card, a movie poster or a movie pass. Tickets for the marathon are $21.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Early Screenings

The final installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies, is coming up. The last (most likely) Peter Jackson Middle Earth film will be landing in theaters throughout next week, and there’s several opportunities to see the movie early.

On Monday, December 15th, two theaters will be holding Hobbit Marathons, and you’ll have the opportunity to see the third film as part of that at the following theaters:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00pm (Marathon)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 8:00pm.

Across the state, the film will open at a number of theaters early on Tuesday, December 16th:

  • Welden Theatre, St. Albans. 7:00pm
  • Merrill Roxy Theatre, Burlington. 6:00pm
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm (HFR/3D), 9:00pm
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00pm (HFR/3D)
  • Stowe Cinema 3plex, Stowe, 7:00pm
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. 7:00pm
  • Paramount Theatre, Barre. 7:00pm
  • Star Theater, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D)
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm (2D), 9:45pm (3D)
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 7:00pm.

Finally, the movie will be opening regularly on Wednesday, December 17th at the following theaters:

  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph. 7:00pm
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Early Screenings

The next Hunger Games film is coming out in theaters this week, and it seems as though every movie theater here in Vermont is screening it a bit early on November 20th. Here’s where you can catch it on Thursday:

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans, 8:00 pm.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00 pm and 10:40 pm.
  • Merril Roxy Theater, Burlington. 8:00 pm.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:00 pm.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 8:00 pm.
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 8:00 pm.
  • Capitol Showcase, Montpelier. 8:00 pm.
  • Stowe Cinemas 3-Plex, Stowe. 8:00 pm.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 8:00 pm, 9:20 pm.
  • Playhouse Theater, Randolph. 8:00 pm.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 8:00 pm. (Hunger Games, 2:00pm, Catching Fire, 5:00pm.)
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 8:00 pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 8:00 pm.
  • Bjou Cineplex 4, Morrisville. 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm

Opening on Friday, November 21st:

  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center.

As You Wish – The Princess Bride at Essex Cinemas

Phoenix Books and Essex Cinemas are teaming up for a cool event on November 1st: As You Wish – a Princess Bride party. The event will take place at the Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex theater at 5:30: the film will begin shortly after 6:30. There’ll be giveaways and more.

“There will be joy,” says Kristen, Phoenix’s events manager. “Anyone who knows never to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line will want to be there. It’ll be a blast for anyone new to The Princess Bride, too. The evening will feature games, prizes, costumes, photo ops, and general merriment. For some of our prizes, we reached out to Houghton Mifflin, who publishes The Princess Bride, and they were as good as Miracle Max! We’re actually going to have a copy of The Princess Bride signed by William Goldman as part of our Grand Prize at this event. This is a special book, and it’s cool to think it might be passed down as an heirloom, just like the copy of The Princess Bride that the grandfather reads in the film.” Eaton says that fans should be on the lookout for other chances to win Princess Bride-related prizes, and the chance to purchase their own signed copy of the book.

The event was inspired by the publication of the new memoir by Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes – who played Westley in the film – was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of this beloved film.

More details can be found here. Tickets are $11.25 for adults and $7.75 for Children and Seniors, and can be purchased here.

Northwest Nightmares Film Festival Seeks Submissions

Northwest Nightmares Film Festival. A blood-spattered man grins disarmingly at the viewer. Screening October 27th at the Welden Theater in St. Albans, VT.Northwest Nightmares, the horror film festival hosted by Northwest Access TV in St. Albans, rises from the grave for a new program of terrifying selections. Registration to join the festival is open until October 13th, and final films must be submitted by October 20th. The big night is October 27th at the Welden Theater in St. Albans.

Categories of distinction include: Best Editing, Best Effects, Best Acting, Best Story, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, and, of course, the Sleeping With the Lights On Award. Additionally, winner of Best Picture receives a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which is a very spiffy piece of filmmaking hardware. That alone should send anticipatory chills up and down your spine.


Movies at Norwich University

Norwich University hosts films for its students, and this fall has a particularly good lineup of science fiction films. Here’s what’s showing over the course of this fall:

  • September 5th/6th – Captain America: Winter Soldier
    September 13th/14th – Godzilla
    September 19th/20th – Edge of Tomorrow
    October 3rd/4th – Lucy
    October 17th/18th – Guardians of the Galaxy
    October 31st / November 1st – The Purge: Anarchy
    December 5th/6th – The Giver

The Reluctant Astronaut – Playhouse Cooperative Theater

This looks like fun: Randolph’s Playhouse Cooperative theater is screening The Reluctant Astronaut, a film from from 1967. The film will be screened at 7:30 pm.

Here’s the plot:

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.

If you are a NASA or space race aficionado this movie is a must see!

When this movie was filmed the Apollo program was just getting started.

The large rocket he’s looking up at is actually the first Saturn V ever to be put on the launch pad! It’s actually not a real flying rocket but the Saturn V test-article: a full-sized mock-up used to test the the lunch pad systems. This mock-up has unique markings at the base of the rocket that the rest of the Saturn V’s didn’t have.

It looks like they’ve got a good run of other SF films as well: they’ll be playing Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow, and The Giver through the 18th. On Tuesday the 19th, they’ll be screening Back to the Future.