Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Outdoor Movie Series: End of the World

Wow. For better or worse, I've seen all of these movies. This is the list of the "NoMa" (no, not MoMA, NoMa) Summer Screen movie series. North of Massachusetts is a neighborhood in northeast DC, not far from Union Station. 

The NoMa BID organizes outdoor film screenings during the summer months at 2nd and L Streets, NE next to the Loree Grand apartments, on Wednesdays. Fun starts at 7:00PM, films just after sundown. This year's theme is posited as a question: "Is 2012 the end of the world?" Well, damn. I hope not. They never did get around to producing Independence Day 2. Or Jurassic Park 4. So, no, this can't be the end. Jeff Goldblum has to make more movies. He has to.

I'll Tell You the Problem With the Scientific Power

The complete list, provided by NoMa BID:

"May 23: The Day After Tomorrow: (Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal) A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age. PG-13.

May 30: Dr. Strangelove: (Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers) An insane general starts a nuclear holocaust process that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. PG.

June 6: Men in Black: (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones) Two men who keep an eye on aliens in New York City must try to save the world after the aliens threaten to blow it up. PG-13.

June 13: Shaun of the Dead: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. R.

June 20: Wall-E: (Pixar, Animated) In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. G.

June 27: Ghostbusters: (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd) Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. PG.

July 4: Independence Day: (Will Smith, Bill Pullman) The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, humanity’s best weapon is the will to survive. PG-13.

July 11: Red Dawn: (Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson) It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town and country from invading Soviet forces. PG-13.

July 18: War Games: (Matthew Broderick) A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. PG.

July 25: The Incredibles: (Pixar, Animated) A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. PG.

August 1: Jurassic Park: The Lost World: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaurs to run amok. PG-13. 

[Ed. note:  "I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done, and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you, you've patented it, and packaged it, you've slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now, [pounds table with fists] you're selling it. You want to sell it, well... your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." -Ian Malcolm.]

August 8: Deep Impact: (Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni) Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? PG-13."