Theme suggestions

Howdi all,

Looking at the films coming out in time for Spring 2012, I was wondering if we wanted to have a themed day (possibly replacing foreign film Thursdays, as there aren’t too many quality foreign films coming out)?

A few thoughts/options:

Re-live the “Century of Cinema” from Spring 2011.

Since the Oscar winners are announced on 23rd Feb, we could go with a theme along the lines of: Week n, A film that won n Oscars.

From the history of the awards, that would give a list including options (for example) of:

1: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Third Man, Top Gun, Alien.
2: The Exorcist, Philadelphia, Speed, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Apocalypse Now.
3: Jaws, Rocky, The Godfather, Avatar.
4: Annie Hall, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Platoon.
5: American Beauty, Braveheart, Doctor Zhivago, Gladiator, The King and I, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Silence of the Lambs.
6: Chicago, Forrest Gump, The Godfather Part II, Star Wars.
7: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler’s List.
8: Cabaret, Gandhi, My Fair Lady, On the Waterfront, Slumdog Millionaire.
9: The English Patient, Gigi.
10: Gone with the Wind, West Side Story.

Alternatively, we could use some upcoming releases to make either a week, or day throughout term of one director’s greatest hits:

Eg: Martin Scorsese (Hugo and George Harrison: Living in the Material World new out) has: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Colour of Money, Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island to choose from.

Or Steven Spielberg (The Adventures of Tintin) could feature: Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me if You Can and The Terminal for our delectation.

Doing any of these options would allow us to show 10 classics and really make the most of our digital projector :slight_smile:

I really liked the “Century of Cinema” theme and thought it let us show quite a wide variety of films (it was also nice to show a few more classics since we don’t seem to have as many as we used to). Might be a little tricky to do again because of the 1920s (there aren’t many well-known films from then, although we could try a Chaplin or Nosferatu).

The Oscars idea sounds really good. We can show a nice range of films and it links really well with the Oscars award ceremony.

One thing I would say is that I think we should only do a new theme if we replace the foreign Thursday theme. Otherwise we’ll have only have one day a week for normal single showings (last time we did two theme days we were worried about the number of films coming out which I don’t think is the case this time). We can then scatter the foreign films we do want to show across the rest of the schedule (then we wouldn’t have a problem if not as many good ones come out).

I very much like the Oscars theme - it ties in nicely with the time of year, and isn’t repeating something we already did recently.

I would really like a Martin Scorsese day/week,

I think the oscars idea may be a little complicated to explain, could we not just show a day/week of films that won best film or something.

Lets have a theme incorporating King Kong perhaps? :smiley: