What will you encounter at our October Wednesday Matinees? Nature and natural history. Adventure and myth. A moving memoir. And MUSIC! We'll begin our October matinees with The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World on October 6th and follow it on the 13th with Robin Hood (the new film starring Russell Crowe). Our final two films of the month have special meaning for very different reasons. On October 20th, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we'll be showing This Boy's Life, a well-crafted and memorable film, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff, and then on October 27th, be here for The Sound of Music. For the past few weeks, Erica and I have been following the Oprah + The Sound of Music rumors. No longer rumors, but NEWS, on October 29th, Oprah will be reuniting the entire cast of The Sound of Music for the first time in 45 years! With that welcome news, we KNEW that we had to show the 1965 film here on the big screen!
Wednesday, October 6 at 2 p.m. -- THE BOTANY OF DESIRE (2009) With Michael Pollan; Rated PG; 120 minutes
The Botany of Desire brings Michael Pollan's best-selling book to the screen, showing how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. Explore the natural history of four plants -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato -- and the corresponding human desires -- sweetness, intoxication, and controlling nature -- that link their destinies to our own.
This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the potato fields of Idaho and Peru to the apple orchards of New England, from the medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.
Wednesday, October 13 at 2 p.m. -- ROBIN HOOD (2010) Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Strong; Rated PG-13; 148 minutes
This film features the legendary figure known by generations as "Robin-Hood," whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share this spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th Century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.
Wednesday, October 20 at 2 p.m. -- THIS BOY'S LIFE (1993) Starring Ellen Barkin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro; Rated R; 115 minutes
Academy Award winner Robret De Niro creates another memorable performance as a colorful, yet strict suitor to the struggling and penniless divorcee Ellen Barkin and who has a profound effect on her teenage son.
Wednesday, October 27 at 2 p.m. -- THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Pictured above, left) (1965) Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker; Rated G; 175 minutes
In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children.
Please join us every Wednesday at 2 p.m. for our Wednesday Matinee Films.
All films are free and open to the public.