This morning, the Huntridge Foundation and West Huntridge Neighborhood Association announced the schedule of films that will make up the 2015 season of their Cinema in the Circle outdoor movie series at Huntridge Circle Park, and I’m happy to say that there are some surprises in the lineup. Fairly nice surprises, too.
That’s not to say that Cinema in the Circle hasn’t given us surprises before now. Previous seasons have included such unexpected entries as “National Velvet,” “Casablanca” and the 1974 Robert Redford-starring adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” But this season kind of breaks the mold: There are no recent animated films on it, or any recent films at all—and at least one of the entries has legit cult status. Check it out:
April 10th: Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” (1991), starring Robin Williams
June 12th: John Hughes’ “The Great Outdoors” (1988), starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy
July 10th: Don Bluth’s “An American Tail” (1986), an animated musical produced by Steven Spielberg
August 14th: Alan Arkush’s “Rock ‘N Roll High School” (1979), starring P.J. Soles and Da Ramones
September 11th: Gary Nelson’s “Freaky Friday” (1976), starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris
October 9th: James Mangold’s “Walk the Line” (2005), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
Talk about something for everyone. And my God, how happy I am that they avoided the Lindsay Lohan-starring remake of “Freaky Friday” in favor of the superior original, directed by Las Vegas resident Gary Nelson. This is one smartly-curated lineup of films, and it’ll be a real pleasure to enjoy them in Huntridge Circle Park with neighbors, friends and, one hopes, a pinhead or two.
Cinema in the Circle films are free, and all ages are welcome. For more details on the series, visit its Facebook page.