We’re down to our second to last Summer Fridays pick, and this one comes from Javier Barrios, our Acquisitions Manager. He chose ALIENS, the 1986 sequel to James Cameron’s classic science fiction thriller ALIEN.
“I was blown away by Cameron’s talent,” writes Javier. “As far as sequels go, it rivals EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.”
Check out one of Javier’s favorite scenes below. “This is a good scene because the fact that the guns they set up quickly run out of ammo gives the audience an extra level of suspense and anticipation,” he explains. You can also read the ALIENS script in our Library.
The temperatures are blazing hot in Los Angeles right now, so its apt that our Summer Fridays movie pick takes place on the hottest day of summer in 1980s Brooklyn. The film is Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING, chosen by WGF Board Member Craig Bankey.
“Spike Lee’s masterpiece reminds me of my first post-collegiate summer in New York,” Craig writes. “Along with SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE (released only weeks later), it ushered in an exciting era of fresh, new voices in filmmaking. In light of the current news cycle (Charleston, police brutality, prison reform, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman), I’m very interested to revisit DO THE RIGHT THING again this summer.”
Read a draft of Lee’s Academy Award-nominated screenplay in our Library and check out one of our favorite scenes about the battle between love and hate.
Can you believe it’s already August?! We are counting down our last few weeks of summer with more of our favorite summer movies. This week’s pick comes from Joanne Lammers, our Managing Director, Library and Archives. She chose the wonderful 1953 classic ROMAN HOLIDAY, starring Audrey Hepburn as a crown princess roaming the streets of Rome and Gregory Peck as a reporter who romances her.
“ROMAN HOLIDAY made me want to steal away with Gregory Peck and spend a summer afternoon pretending to be someone else in sunny Rome,” writes Joanne. “Audrey’s Hepburn’s stunning debut and the witty dialogue still delight after multiple viewings.”
The film also has historical significance for Joanne, who has overseen the Archives’ collection of Blacklist memorabilia and documentation.
Because of the Blacklist, Donald Trumbo’s name did not appear in the original version, and only his “story” credit was restored in 1991. Due to an incredible friendship between Trumbo’s son Chris and Ian McClellan Hunter’s son Tim and their tireless determination, Trumbo’s “story and screenplay by” credit was finally restored and recognized by the WGA in 2011.
“Last month, I had the great fortune of seeing a new print with Dalton Trumbo’s full screenplay credit for the first time, thanks to the preservation team at the Paramount Archives,” she writes. “Seeing Trumbo’s name emblazoned on the screen at long last was quite emotional, especially since his grandchildren were in the audience.”
[Screenshot of the credits from the Paramount Archives screening taken by Joanne’s daughter]
This week’s Summer Fridays pick comes to you from WGF Board Member Pam Veasey, the writer and executive producer of CSI: CYBER who has also written for CSI: NY, THE DISTRICT and IN LIVING COLOR. She is also moderating our August 11 Master Class with Meredith Stiehm, which you should check out because it’s going to be awesome.
Pam’s pick: MEN IN BLACK, the 1997 blockbuster starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as secret agents tasked with monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth. “It was a blockbuster and for good reason!” writes Pam. “Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are fantastic. The writing is smart and funny. The visual and special effects are great. You can never go wrong with a talking Pug named Frank.”
Relive the moment when Will Smith’s Agent J meets Frank for the first time in the clip below. Rent MEN IN BLACK and read the script in our Library.
This week’s Summer Fridays pick comes from our Archivist, Hilary Swett. Her choice for favorite summer movie is DAZED AND CONFUSED, the 1993 comedy about the last day of high school in a small Texas town. Set in 1976 and helmed by Richard Linklater, the movie is also known for introducing us to a young University of Texas at Austin film student named Matthew McConaughey. Alright, alright, alright.
Why is DAZED AND CONFUSED Hilary’s fave?
“I don’t typically like teenage movies but this one is special,” she writes. “Richard Linklater’s film captures a moment in time that I didn’t live through but wish I had. I feel for his characters, with all of their conflicting self-possession and insecurities, and want to know how they turned out. To me, this beautiful film is everything that summer is for teenagers and should be for us grown ups –meandering, unexpected, and full of possibilities.”
This week’s Summer Fridays pick comes from WGF Board Member David Shore, whom you may know as the creator of HOUSE and BATTLE CREEK. His favorite summer movie is MEATBALLS, the 1979 comedy classic directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray as the wacky head counselor of a summer camp.
The comedy was “my first exposure to the movie industry,” writes Shore. “I was in it eating crackers in the background among other unforgettable moments.”
Naturally, we had to go search high and low for that clip featuring Shore’s cameo. And because we’re so good at the Internet, we found one! While Spaz works the nerve to talk to his crush, a young Shore enjoys his crackers at the snack table in the back. Enjoy the clip below and go rent MEATBALLS if you haven’t seen it!