Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 144



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,
Gilstrap said.

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 character
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 the memorable
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 Blue Velvet.

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.

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