Iconic…an adjective derived from the word “icon.” There are many motion pictures that are pretenders to this imposing throne. Critics tend to bestow this term all too generously…yet for those teenage boys who came “of age” in the early eighties, this movie was like seeing the “light” for the first time. A genuine labor of love for Steven Spielberg, Summer Camp Cinema Film Festival is proud to present THE definitive adventure movie of its generation in a brand new 35mm print!
“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Spielberg’s homage to adventure comics of the 1930's is big screen entertainment in its purest, affectionately derivative, most energetic incarnation. Indiana Jones, portrayed now and for all time by Harrison Ford, is the vivid amalgamation of every Saturday matinee hero who ever graced the screen. In every aesthetic respect, “Raiders” honors and expands upon the best of the adventure serials that came before it, and gives it a sheen that virtually dazzles at every turn. We now have a whole generation of fans who know the name Indiana Jones, but have never seen “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on anything larger than a 60-inch flat screen, so join us and co-stars Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, & Denholm Elliott for a genuine one night only event.
Every new theme park has its bugs to work out, but as Jeff Goldblum acerbically states, when Disney’s the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, “the pirates don’t eat the tourists.” Welcome to “Jurassic Park,” the next tier in Steven Spielberg’s cache of epic adventures. Twelve years after “Raiders,” Spielberg and author Michael Crichton and visual effects maven Stan Winston merged their considerable talents in this Dino-Disneyland of a run, scream, stomp & chomp adventure. In our rapidly advancing era of big screen digital efx, it’s easy to forget that some of the most realistic screen efx were accomplished by huge practical models controlled by miles of hydraulic tubing. “Jurassic Park” merges the cutting edge of both technologies into a thoroughly believable and compelling thriller. Starring Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel Jackson.
- Brett Sherris