Sunday, January 13 4:00 PM
Family Matinee Double Feature:
ADVENTURE, 1959, Warner Bros., 88 min. John Guillermin (THE BLUE MAX; THE
TOWERING INFERNO) directed what is commonly acknowledged by Tarzan fans as the all-time
best Tarzan picture. Producer Sy Weintraub was intent on depicting a more literate,
intelligent King of the Jungle (as depicted in Edgar Rice Burroughss many novels)
and found the perfect match in actor Gordon Scott. Shot entirely on location, the
non-stop thrills start when psychotic Anthony Quayle and his band of career
criminals (including Sean Connery and Nial MacGinnis) go on the rampage in
preparation for a diamond robbery. Saddled with a stranded female pilot (Sara Shane),
Scotts Tarzan tracks Quayle a former nemesis and his cronies through
the jungle till the bitter, savage end. "A superior action yarn shot on location
in Africa, more adult than most of its predecessors
" Leonard Maltin NOT ON DVD
TARZAN ESCAPES, 1936, Warner Bros.,
89 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Many regard this as one of the best of the Johnny
Wesimuller Tarzan films. One of the most riproaring of the early part of the series,
it was also regarded as exceedingly violent for the time period. Indeed, just like KING
KONG, some scenes were cut before release (reportedly there was a giant vampire bat
sequence!), judged as just too intense for audiences. Janes cousins, intent on
trying to untangle red tape with Janes inherited fortune, enlist the help of
nefarious hunter and animal trapper, Captain Fry. Fry has his own agenda he sees
dollar signs if he can bring Tarzan back alive to exhibit in England. But, as we all know,
capturing Tarzan will not be easy. With Maureen OSullivan.
Saturday, February 2 3:00 PM
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (TONARI NO TOTORO), 1988,
Walt Disney, 86 min. The third Studio Ghibli feature from former Toei animator cum writer,
producer, director and entrepreneur Hayao Miyazaki. The story of two young sisters,
Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, who move into a new house with their father, near a vast forest
to be closer to their ailing, hospitalized mother. Discovering wondrous forest spirits and
dust-bunnies, they also encounter Totoro, a giant lumbering bunny-esque creature. "Here
is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy.
A film with no villains. No fight scenes. No evil adults. No fighting between the two
kids. No scary monsters. No darkness before the dawn. A world that is benign. A world
where if you meet a strange towering creature in the forest, you curl up on its tummy and
have a nap. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO has become one of the most beloved of all family films
without ever having been much promoted or advertised." -- Roger Ebert, The
Saturday, May 10 - 3:00 PM
New 35mm Print! OLIVER
TWIST, 1948, MGM/UA, 116 min. Dir. David Lean. A startlingly real,
atmospheric evocation of childhood terrors and the evils of poverty. Innocent orphan
Oliver (John Howard Davies) is shanghaied into a gang of child thieves by
blackguard Bill Sykes (a particularly chilling Robert Newton). Alec
Guinness masterful, almost unrecognizable performance as the Jewish kingpin of
boy thieves, Fagin, led to unexpected problems when the film was denounced as anti-Semitic
by the League of Bnai Brith in Berlin, rioters tore the theatre apart
where the film was shown, and its release was delayed for three years in the U.S. to let
tensions ease. More on this
film. "OLIVER TWIST moves forward in staccato bursts, propelled by coiling
tensions and by outbursts of sudden, brutish violence
This is possibly David
Leans wildest movie, certainly his darkest and arguably his best." Al
McKee, Film Comment.
Co-presented by Every Picture Tells A Story
Saturday, July 12 4:00 PM
Family Matinee Festival:
SILENT CLOWNS: A compilation of short films from
silent comic masters Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin
that will delight toddlers to elders, with live musical accompaniment. Join us at 3 PM at Every
Picture Tells A Story for refreshments and a free story hour and see the original
works by Peanuts' Charles Schulz.
Sunday, July 20 4:00 PM
Family Matinee Festival:
RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN,
1977, Paramount, 76 min. Dir. Bill Melendez. The Peanuts go to summer camp in their third
feature film: Charlie Brown and his friends compete in a river raft race and battle not
only the elements but a dastardly team of cheaters. Charlie, Linus, Franklin and Schroeder
join forces with the girls team (led by Peppermint Patty) and trusty dog Snoopy to
take on their rivals in this rousing wilderness adventure. Join
us at 3 PM at Every Picture Tells A
Story for refreshments and a free story hour and see the original works by Peanuts'
Saturday, July 26 3:00 PM
Family Matinee Festival: Happy Birthday, Mr. Edwards!
THE GREAT RACE, 1965, Warner Bros. 152 min. Dir. Blake
Edwards. White-suited Tony Curtis foils the schemes of villainous Professor
Fate (Jack Lemmon), while wooing reporter Natalie Wood on a New
York-to-Paris road race (the very concept indicates the film's zaniness!) in 1908.
Edwards' love letter to the films of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy is a nonstop
comic chase with humor that's easily accessible to adults and children alike. Join us at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story for a
free story hour and refreshments.
Sunday, July 27 - 4:00 PM
Family Matinee Festival:
CHARLOTTES WEB, 1973, Paramount, 94
min. Dirs. Charles A. Nichols & Iwao Takamoto. Debbie Reynolds is the
voice of Charlotte, a gentle spider who befriends lovable pig Wilbur (Henry Gibson)
in this irresistible animated adaptation of E.B. Whites classic novel. Richard and
Robert Sherman (MARY POPPINS) provide the songs, and the touching script is by "The
Waltons" creator Earl Hamner Jr. A beloved parable for all ages, this is one of the
best films to come out of the Hanna-Barbera studio. Join us at
3 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story
for refreshments and a free story hour and see the wonderful artwork of Charlotte's Web
creator Garth Williams.
Sunday, August 17 4:00 PM
Cartoon Network Family Matinee Special!
SUMMERIFIC SUNDAY, 90 min. A collection of hilarious Cartoon Network original
shows including Craig McCracken's Emmy Award-winning "Foster's Home for
Imaginary Friends," and the brand-new sensation "Chowder,"
about an apprentice chef in Marzipan City who's always hungry and will eat anything, even
a customer's order! Also, "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack,"
about a young boy, raised in a talking whale named Bubbie, who joins adventurous pirate
Captain K'nuckles in search of Candied Island.
Bruised Bluenana Chowder
The Heavy Sleeper Chowder
Kid Nickels with Sweet Life
Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (22 min)
Nightmare on Wilson Way -
Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (22 min)
Free admission to all imaginary friends.
Carl Greenblatt, creator Chowder
Darrick Bachman, writer Chowder
& Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends
Thurop Van Orman, creator & voice talent The Marvelous Misadventures of
Ben Balsteri, character designer Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends Official website.
Saturday, October 25 4:00 PM
Tribute to late Bill Melendez! BON VOYAGE CHARLIE BROWN, 1980, Paramount, 75 min.
Dirs. Bill Melendez and Phil Roman. Charlie Brown and his friends travel to France and
find romance and mystery--as well as adults who actually speak audible words (a rarity in
PEANUTS cartoons)! Highlights of the film include Snoopy playing tennis at Wimbledon,
driving, and taking on his persona as a World War I "flying ace." Bill Melendez,
91, an Emmy Award-winning animator who transformed the two-dimensional drawings of the
"Peanuts" comic strip into some of the most beloved cartoon characters on
television and film, died Sept. 2, 2008 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica,
Calif. More on
this film Join us at 3 PM at Every Picture Tells A Story for
refreshments and a free story hour and see the original works by Peanuts' Charles Schulz.
More events of interest to parents and/or kids this month! Leslie Caron Puppetry Festival & Sizzling Hot Topics in Parenting Lectures
Saturday, November 15 - 4:00 PM
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY,
1971, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. "Come with me, and youll
be in a world of pure imagination," croons mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka (Gene
Wilder) in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahls
childrens classic, as the five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt!
Augustus Gloop!) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory.
Glorious, candy-colored direction by Stuart is matched by the iridescent score by Leslie
Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy
Sunday, November 30 4:00 PM
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century
Fox, 172 min. Dir. Robert Wise. For many, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the 70mm
experience, from the silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps to Julie Andrews
suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar winner for Best Picture and
Wises flawless direction, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a reason, a virtual commandment
to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker,
Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest
Saturday, December 13 4:00 PM
THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, Warner
Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime,
candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baums childrens favorite and one of the
most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road
with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray
Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke)
and the Wicked Witch Of The West (Margaret Hamilton). With the amazing Frank
Morgan doing multiple duties in a variety of roles, including the Wizard. Song
"Over The Rainbow" was an Oscar winner. Watch out for the Flying Monkeys! Trailer