Throwback Thursdays

The Burlington Free Press has a great article up on the Essex Cinema’s ongoing Throwback Thursday event, where they bring back a cinema classic for the big screen. They also look at other efforts in the state to bring back other films to the big screen:

Chad Goyette’s life changed in 1985 when, at age 6, he was blown away by “The Goonies.”

He’d never seen a movie in a theater before. That exciting opportunity may have contributed to Goyette’s subsequent obsession with the Hollywood yarn about kids who discover a treasure map while trying to save their town from developers.

“It just kind of stuck with me,” he recalled.

Goyette watched the film repeatedly, wearing out three or four VHS cassette tapes and later a few DVDs, while growing up in the southern Vermont town of Saxtons River.

Last week, Goyette, now a Boston resident who works in film and television production, returned to the Green Mountain State for his 400th viewing of “The Goonies,” in Essex. (He confesses that it may actually be more since his countdown didn’t start until 8th grade.)

Whatever the number, for him that sold-out Jan. 26 show represented only the second viewing of his favorite film on a big screen. This historic event unfolded in the T-Rex room at the Essex Cinemas, which encourages audiences to submit ideas for cherished older movies via its web site or social media. The winners may wind up on a 60-foot screen during Throwback Thursdays, a well-attended biweekly ritual.

“Film in a theater is a social occasion,” suggested Dale Chapman, who manages the Essex Cinemas. “A crowd can laugh together, cry together and gasp together.”

They may have gasped at attacks by prehistoric creatures in “Jurassic Park,” chosen for the debut of Throwback Thursdays in November. “That was the most natural fit for our premiere at T-Rex,” Chapman said, explaining that the trademark name is a shortened version of “Theater Real Extreme.”

Whether extreme or quietly intimate, theatrical settings large and small that show classics appear to be on the rise throughout Vermont. Several film series are attracting devoted audiences apparently willing to leave home on winter days and nights rather than sit in front of the TV.

Read the rest of the article here.

I’ve been to one of the TT events over in Essex – Jurassic Park – and really loved seeing the movie on the big screen, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Indiana Jones screening in a week. Personally, I think that this is something that we’re going to see more of: not because it’s the way films really deserve to be seen, but because it’s a new way for the theater industry to stay afloat. It’s a smart move: these are films that have proven their worth with audiences already, and as more attention is paid to the first weekend, DVD sales and overseas openings, not to mention film piracy, it’s a good way to bring people in for the real ‘theater’ experience that we all value.

Geek Things for August 26th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • North Country Moose Festival, 9AM–9PM, Various New Hampshire locations. Various prices. (Moose!)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Name That Tree!, 2–2:45PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Trees)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Pi-Con, Aug 26 – 28, 2011, Enfield, CT (Conventions)
  • A Spontaneous Evening under the Stars, If you are interested in being notified, call 802-238-1664. A message on the phone will announce the specific date. Alternatively, e-mail Joe Comeau at jkcomeau@hotmail.com. Put “evening under the stars” in the header. 8:30 PM, Orchard Hill Observatory, South Alburgh. (Astronomy)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention – http://nescifievents.org/?p=2505, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for August 17th

  • Community Garden Workshop, 4:30–6:30PM, St. Johnsbury School, St. Johnsbury. $5 suggested donation; preregistration suggested. (Gardening)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer’, 12AM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $12.50. (Movies)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Culture Change in Contemporary China.” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Donald H. Wickman – A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton, 7–9PM, River Arts Center, Morrisville. Free. (History)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: David Macaulay. Presentation by the author and illustrator of “The Way Things Work.” 6PM, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, Barre. FREE. (Authors)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)

Geek Things for August 16th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands’ & Media That Matters Film Showcase, 7PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Film)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – TRON: Legacy, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘The Aliens’, 7:30PM, Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston. Tickets start at $24. (Theater)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 2PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • Neil Goodwin – The We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, 7PM, Old Town Hall, Brookfield. Donations accepted for the Old Town Hall restoration fund. (Authors)
  • Willard Sterne Randall – Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free; cash bar. (History)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephones, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Green Drinks: CVPS smartPOWER, 7 – 9pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)

 

Geek Things for August 9th

  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Toy Story 3, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’ 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Champ)
  • Very Merry Theatre’s Annual Fundraiser – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical, 5:30PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $25 suggested donation; seating is limited. (Theater)
  • ‘Sweeney Todd’, 8PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $22-25. (Theater)
  • Christian Parenti – Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, 7PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, 2:30pm, Camp Agape, Cabot. (Books)
  • Sound Science, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Microscopic Investigations, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for August 5th

  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movie)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 6:30PM, Maple Street Park, Essex. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • ‘The Princess and the Pea’, 12PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $9.50. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘Staying Found’. Meet at B-Side Playground. 11AM–12PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; bring a compass if you have one. (Orienteering)
  • The Great Vermont Corn Maze, 10AM, 1404 Wheelock Rd., Danville. $9-12; free for ages 4 and under. (Maze)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creation Supernatural Convention, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Mysterium, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Boston, MA (Conventions)
  • Paranormal Research Society Field Trip to Salem, Aug 5 – 7, 2011, Salem, MA (Ghosts)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 29th

  • Summer Book Sale, 8AM–4PM, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Free. (Books)
  • Murder Mysteries Live!, 6PM at Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Bookstock Vermont, 5:30PM, Various locations, Woodstock. Free. (Books)
  • ‘Barnum’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • The Butterfly Guy, 1PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Two Headed Giant Sealed – $30 per team, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Friends of the Aldrich Summer Book Sale. 8am, 4pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Books)

 

Local Writer’s Involvement with Cowboys and Aliens

Did you know that the upcoming Daniel Craig /Harrison Ford / Olivia Wilde film Cowboys and Aliens was co-written by a Vermont writer? It’s true! Seven Days has the scoop on his involvement:

Moviegoers who have seen the early-summer trailer for DreamWorks’ Cowboys & Aliens, in theaters this Friday, might be forgiven for wondering, WTF? The film appears to start like a traditional Western, with Harrison Ford as a crusty sheriff and Daniel Craig as a mysterious loner. Then the aliens invade. By the time the title flashes on the screen, ending the preview, audiences are often giggling in excitement, disbelief or both.

So, is Cowboys & Aliens the new Men in Black? No, said Hawk Ostby of South Burlington, who cowrote the film’s screenplay based on a graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

“You’re very close to camp with a title like this,” acknowledged Ostby, 44, speaking on the phone from San Diego, where he’d flown to attend Saturday’s premiere at Comic-Con. One of the first priorities for the film’s writers, he said, was “setting the tone. We’re not making a spoof here; this is a serious movie. Don’t come expecting a comedy.”

Also, don’t come expecting to wear 3-D glasses just because C&A is based on a comic book. Ostby said director Jon Favreau “was pretty specific about doing it in 2-D.”

This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for a while now. If you’re interested in seeing the film a day early, go check out Oscars VT, the restaurant over on theirfacebook page.

Ostby is also credited with a couple of other science fiction films: 2008’s Iron Man (also helmed by John Favreau) and 2006’s Children of Men. Expect the film to be passed over critically by Seven Days and VPR – I don’t think that I’ve ever see them say a good thing about a genre piece.