Today: February 24, 2024

Year Of The Revivals

The release of the Star Wars collection on Blu Ray in September saw London’s BT tower transformed into a giant lightsaber, the Back to the Future trilogy relaunch had men that should know better dancing in cinema aisles to Huey Lewis and the News, and news of revamps of the classics have been coming on thick and fast, with a youthful remake of Footloose currently stomping through multiplexes.

The release of the Star Wars collection on Blu Ray in
September saw London’s BT tower transformed into a giant lightsaber, the Back
to the Future trilogy relaunch had men that should know better dancing in
cinema aisles to Huey Lewis and the News, and news of revamps of the classics
have been coming on thick and fast, with a youthful remake of Footloose
currently stomping through multiplexes.

Promising though the new releases of this season seem,
audiences still want to be transported back to a time when the great movies of
their youth reflect what it’s like to be a part of cinema, where fandom and
good stories meant that special effects weren’t everything when it came to
blockbusters.

Cinemas are embracing this new wave of old favourites with
screenings, launches and Q&As to celebrate the turning points, pinnacles
and fond memories of contemporary cinema, starting on the 19th of
October with a special screening of Alien. Ridley Scott’s benchmark monster
flick is hatching back onto screens to tie in with Alien Vault, a book
discussing the film and its achievements. The screening, as well as Q&As at
the Everyman cinema in Baker Street (19th) and Winchester (20th)
will be celebrating the success that the film has enjoyed since its release
over 30 years ago.

Falling in line with Halloween time, Sony has sent
Ghostbusters back from the archives into movie theatres across the US and UK.
Fans can don their jumpsuits and strap small vacuum cleaners to their backs all
month long as the ghoul fighting gang are back in digitally remastered glory.
Ghostbusters will be showing at most cinemas across the country.

For those with a glorious love of the oldies, An American in
Paris has been repackaged and put back in the limelight sixty years after its
release. Starring Gene Kelly and Lesley Caron and the winner of six Oscars, the
BFI have nurtured it back to life as the centre of their MGM Musicals season.
With catchy numbers, old school Hollywood stars and the sort of dancing that
would make Zac Efron pale, this is a decent slice of the golden age for your
entertainment. An American in Paris will be shown in London and Brighton from
the 28th of October, and you can get full details here.

Sticking in the heart of France with just the same amount of
romance but a little further into the future, Amelie is returning to cinemas
from the 14th of October to mark its 10th anniversary.
Following the quirks and mishaps of Amelie Poulain and her need to help others
in her immediate life, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Parisian dream is dubbed
quintessential world cinema and well worth investing in of an evening.

For those with a love for hard rock and a director that has
defined an era of American cinema, The Last Waltz is being launched back onto
the screen this December. Hailed one of the best concert movies of all time,
Martin Scorsese’s documentation of The Band’s farewell concert in 1976 features
appearances by Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Joni Mitchell, and will be opening at
the BFI and in major cities across the UK on December 2nd.

Judy Garland fans can indulge in sheer sugary musical delight
with the promise of Meet Me in St Louis returning to screens in time for
Christmas. Follow Esther Smith (Garland) and her three sisters on their song
packed doe eyed journey to New York and immerse yourself in some classic
Hollywood twee as the rerelease, courtesy of the BFI, celebrates the launch of
the film on Blu Ray the same month.

So to tide you over to the festive season the screen offers
you cult flicks, classic Hollywood, accredited foreign cinema and a good dose
of rock and roll. And these are just the national releases, as local cinemas
enjoy themed seasons and the occasional nod to ghost of cinema past.

Marcia Degia - Publisher

Marcia Degia, who has worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, is the Publishing Editor of KOL Social Magazine. See website: thekolsocial.com

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