Next week promises to be an exceptional time at Enzian, with a host of special programming, the Young Filmmakers' Summer Camp, and the continuing mindblowing run of Richard Linklater's stellar adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY. Apparently Orlando audiences have dismissed the tepid local reviews and decided to partake and judge for themselves, making Enzian the number one screen in the state for this uniquely animated excursion into sci-fi paranoia. Robert Downey Jr.'s dynamite (not to mention hilarious) performance alone is worth the price of admission.
Monday the 24th kicks off the Kidfest film series, our annual Summer festival of unusual, classic, and (sometimes) literary films for children--all at 12:30 PM for only $5 admission. One thing you can bet--it's not the same old studio crap from the last year or two that the chains regurgitate and think they're doing the parents a huge favor. First up is a recently struck print of THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES (1962), in which the slapstick legends accidentally activate a time machine and go from Ithaca, New York to Ithica, ancient Greece. Speaking of time travel gizmos, the film on Tuesday the 25th is the one and only classic THE TIME MACHINE (1960), George Pal's Oscar-winning adaptation of the H.G. Wells masterpiece. This is the one with Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Sebastian Cabot (Mr. French!). I know it's rated "G" but let's hope the kids don't get too freaked out by the Morlocks, the cannabalistic mutants that run things in the year 802,701. Wednesday the 26th is one of my all-time faves, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963). Nothing like a little search for the Golden Fleece with legendary special effects by stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen and a musical score by the great Bernard Herrmann. And this year's nature doc (I always have to do one), screening on Thursday the 27th, is MICROCOSMOS (1996), the French film (narrated in English) about the insect world that truly deserves the word "amazing" in any description. A new generation of kids who may be familiar with films like WINGED MIGRATION and MARCH OF THE PENGUINS are about to get their minds blown!
And speaking of blown minds, let's not forget this month's Art House Project/Sundance Channel Film Series selection, Kevin Smith's original CLERKS (1994). As funny and entertaining as a low-budget comedy can get, our intention in programming it for the end of July (Tuesday the 25th at 9:30 PM to be exact) was to give the public a chance to see the first one before the reportedly hilarious sequel comes out in mid-August. But the studio moved the new film's release date up by three weeks, so now it opens this Friday the 21st, four days prior to our screening of the Kevin Smith film that started it all. So show some willpower and hold off checking out the sequel for a weekend and see this two-part epic in the order they were meant to be seen. MIramax has gone to the trouble of making us a brand new 35mm print, so it should be a helluva time for a meager $5.
Should be a fun week!