Midnight Series returns
By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Daily Cougar
The River Oaks Theatre has decided to revive
its Midnight Series program, which allows audiences to view a selection
of cinema favorites.
The theater, located at 2009 West Gray,
will feature recent hits, cult classics and family fare in the eight-week
series that begins June 7.
AmyBeth Gilstrap, city manager and publicist
for the theater, said the series "is especially good for the summer.
"It's a good time to get the series started
again and we hope to keep it going this time."
The theatre has planned to continue the
series throughout the year with hopes of selecting films that would best
accommodate the seasons,
The cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch
is the first of the eight films. The film, which follows a musician and
his gone-wrong sex-change
operation and the bitter feelings left
behind, gained acclaim by word-of-mouth last year.
Two of writer/director Wes Anderson's gems
will be screened during the program's run.
Most audiences couldn't stop talking about
Anderson's Bottle Rocket when it hit theaters.
Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and James Caan
star in the film that follows three inept robbers in suburban Dallas.
Anderson's Rushmore, which entertains with
dark humor and stellar performances, follows Jason Schwartzman's precocious
through love and betrayal.
Bill Murray and Seymour Cassell also star
in the film.
In July, the series will screen the teen
classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film allows audiences to revisit
performances by Sean Penn as the ultimate
surfer and Phoebe Cates in the famous red bikini.
A film series couldn't fully reflect films
of all genres if it didn't include a work by David Lynch.
With that being said, the Midnight Series
does well in all respects by including the eccentric director's classic
Other films include Adventures of Priscilla,
Queen of the Desert, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Big Time
Gravel — concert footage
featuring singer/poet Tom Waits.