Classic Thursdays June - August 2022

Do The Right Thing

Time Out praises Do the Right Thing for its “super-saturated colors and indelible, oddball characters.” Following an ensemble cast through the hottest day in a Brooklyn neighborhood in 1989, the film is a “remarkably even-handed and nuanced portrait of the way that violence can flare, and how bigotry can build to something much worse.”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is “a comedy which delighted in subverting the epic tradition, parodied contemporary society and delivered numerous timeless scenes and characters of laugh-out-loud silliness,” says Empire. The film reinvigorated a crumbling Monty Python and solidified its place on the international stage. TV Guide Magazine calls the film “a zany, hysterically funny send-up of every medieval movie ever made.”

Breakfast at Tiffany's

TV Guide calls Breakfast at Tiffany’s “romantic to the nth degree, one of the great New York films, swathing the city in layers of dewy love and glossy chic.” Based on Truman Capote’s novel of the same name, the film features Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in a charming and romantic love story that New York Times singles out as “wholly captivating composed of comedy, romance, poignancy, funny colloquialisms and Manhattan’s swankiest East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.”

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso “spins a remarkable yarn about love, life and the magic of cinema. It is less about the impact of any one particular film or cinematic movement, but rather a love letter to the medium,” according to Cinevue. Taking place in Italy, we watch Salvatore as he grows from a young boy, mesmerized by the wonder of cinema, to a man, returning to a long-lost home. Cinehouse highlights the “fantastic score and glorious cinematography in this love letter to film.”

Past Screenings

Casablanca

Set against the backdrop of World War II, Casablanca remains “one of the most popular films ever made. It is about a man and a woman who are in love, and who sacrifice love for a higher purpose,” says Roger Ebert. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is a cynical expatriate who finds himself with the power to either let his former love (Ingrid Bergman) and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis or to let them be arrested. Called a “peerless example of Hollywood studio moviemaking” by Games Radar, this film has remained a favorite for nearly eight decades.

The Goonies

The Goonies, notes The Guardian, “has a rich and indomitable air of all-American innocence. It’s a straight-ahead romp-slash-fantasy adventure” about a gang of kids trying to save their homes from demolition with the help of a surprising treasure. Empire describes the film as “a rollicking good time in this adventure that is built on archetypal plot strands that tie together oh so well.”