Last month, we tipped you off to an unusual project by director Edgar Wright. In his third round of programming for the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, California, Wright decided to make the theme “Movies Edgar Has Never Seen” — and enlisted the help of famous filmmaker pals and fans alike to guide him in picking films he’d never seen, but had always wanted to watch on the big screen.
He’s now made his selections, with suggestions from people like Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Judd Apatow, and Harry Knowles, and they represent a great mix of genres, tones, eras, and so on. Get the schedule for the program, which runs December 9-16, and read some of Wright’s comments after the jump.
In his blog, Wright wrote a bit about why he was inspired to fill a schedule with movies that were new to him.
I hope in my time I have never chastised anyone for not seeing a movie. Neither am I a big fan of the phrase “I can’t believe you haven’t seen…” accompanied by an exaggerated expression of surprise… I basically believe that you can’t be late to a party if the party never stops.
Everyone has gaps in their film knowledge and I am no exception. I have seen god knows how many movies, but sometimes your programming is done for you, based on your location, your income, your age, your proximity to decent cinemas, access to technology etc. I can thank the BBC in Merry Old England for giving me the gift of seeing every single Hammer Horror growing up, but conversely still need to brush up on my Ozu.
When I make up OCD lists of movies I must see, I find that many of my missing classics are ones that I want to see on the big screen. No matter the size of your TV or how cool your home theatre set up is, there’s magic to had at the movies with a decent crowd.
As someone who gets the “I can’t believe you haven’t seen” rant quite a bit, I agree with Wright’s sentiments 100%. And while I don’t have the means to catch up on my movie knowledge in a big theater, I’m glad that Wright does, and that he’s opening that experience up to other film fans. Here’s the schedule — all screenings are double features (i.e., two films for one ticket) unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Dec. 9: Rock & Roll All Nite (double feature plus midnight screening)
7:30 PM – The Girl Can’t Help It (suggested by Joe Dante and John Landis)
9:40 PM – Get Crazy (suggested by Quentin Tarantino)
Midnight – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (ticket sold separately)
Saturday, Dec. 10: Stone Face vs. Little Tramp vs. Uncle Claude (triple feature)
7:00 PM – Steamboat Bill, Jr. (suggested by Judd Apatow)
8:40 PM – Modern Times (suggested by Bill Hader)
10:40 PM – The Bank Dick (suggested by Judd Apatow)
Sunday, Dec. 11: Far Out & Far East
7:00 PM – The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (suggested by Harry Knowles)
9:00 PM – Kwaidan (suggested by Guillermo Del Toro and John Landis)
Monday, Dec. 12: The New Romantics
7:30 PM – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (suggested by Edgar Wright)
9:30 PM – Chungking Express (suggested by Quentin Tarantino, Bill Hader, Greg Mottola, and Daniel Waters)
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Rise and Fall and Rise and…
7:30 PM – White Heat (suggested by Edgar Wright)
9:55 PM – Throne of Blood (suggested by John Landis)
Wednesday, Dec. 14: Farewell John, Hello Sam
7:30 PM – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (suggested by John Landis)
10:00 PM – Ride the High Country (suggested by Joe Dante)
Thursday, Dec. 15: Hangdog & Underdog
7:30 PM – To Be or Not to Be (suggested by John Landis and Joe Dante)
9:40 PM – The Bad News Bears (suggested by Bill Hader and Doug Benson)
Friday, Dec. 16: Noir is the New Black (double feature plus midnight screening)
7:30 PM – Hickey & Boggs (suggested by Quentin Tarantino and Daniel Waters)
9:50 PM – Cutter’s Way (suggested by Daniel Waters)
Midnight – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (suggested by Kevin Smith; ticket sold separately)