By Jonathan Lawrence
CALGARY — Watching a classic film on the big screen (the 50-footer, not 50-incher) is an amazing, and often once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only can newer audiences experience such lauded cinematic works as if they were just released, but it gives more mature audiences a chance to witness their favourite film the way it was originally meant to be watched. Even if you’ve seen these films a dozen times, it will certainly be a new and exciting experience in the theatre. The thunderous roar of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park will leave you rattled, relationships will blossom from quoting The Princess Bride with that cutie sitting next to you, and Brad Pitt’s abs will be even more visible in Fight Club.
Sorry kids, but you can leave those 3D glasses at the door. This line-up of ground-breaking and timeless films doesn’t need, and doesn’t care for, big-budget digital effects. These films are known for their superb acting, dialogue, story, music and, above all, originality. We are hard pressed for these types of films in this day and age, so make sure to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity courtesy of Cineplex.
And what a line-up it is: Fargo and Blood Simple, Air Force One, Groundhog Day, Heat, Legend, Shallow Grave, Starship Troopers, The Fugitive, Running Man, Trainspotting and, of course, Pulp Fiction, to name a few. We spoke with Scott Westby, executive producer at Full Swing Productions, to give us a little insight as to what makes this festival so great.
“Cineplex has an amazing line-up of popcorn movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s that have defined genres (Heat, Jurassic Park), launched careers (Blood Simple, Fight Club) and ignited the inner filmmaker in countless people,” Westby says. “Every single one of these movies, if you haven’t seen it yet, is worth your time.”
In his own words, these are Westby’s top six films to see at the Flashback Film Festival.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut: “Yet another example of how Harrison Ford dominated Hollywood during these decades. I personally don’t like Ridley Scott’s “Final Cut” as much as the original release, but this is still a must-see sci-fi; beautiful on the big screen, and timely with Blade Runner 2049 coming out in October.”
Fight Club: “A formative movie for generations of young men. If you weren’t quoting Fight Club in high school or college, then you’ve missed out. Aside from Lord of the Rings, this is my favourite movie. Go see it.”
Heat: “This heist movie so strongly defined its genre that watching it now may feel like watching one big cliché, but there’s nothing like an original. Fantastic story and action, and probably one of the best casts ever assembled. Buy popcorn.”
Jurassic Park: “Even if you’ve seen it a thousand times, nothing beats Jurassic Park on the big screen. It’s incredible how well the effects hold up after almost 25 years. If you can bring someone who’s never seen it before, you’re in for a treat.“
The Fifth Element: “This is the Kit Kat of movies. It’s nobody’s #1 favourite, yet everybody loves it; off-the-wall sci-fi with great action and laughs to spare. Chris Tucker at his best (and most annoying), Gary Oldman flaunts his ridiculous range, and Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich both at their hottest.”
The Princess Bride: “This might only be on this list because I haven’t seen it in over 10 years but I just love it so much. Maybe it’s time to see it again, and what better excuse than a limited-run theatre experience?”
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