Published: September 29, 2011
mere months ago, the rapidly developing film-screening trend around Orlando seemed like a bafflingly dated concept; in the Brave New World of on-demand streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus, the very idea of getting together to watch a DVD in a theater, coffee shop, opera house or museum just felt weird.
Cut to Fall 2011: Netflix, scoffing at the existence of tangible product, is now Qwikster; Hulu Plus, it turns out, is mostly about TV; and Amazon … well, if you know anyone who uses that, you let us know. Suddenly, a communal cinematic experience doesn’t seem so medieval. But access to any film with even the slightest mainstream edge is still just a cable click away, so it’s important to maintain a bit of selectivity when it comes to nostalgic screenings.
Of course, the Enzian Theater’s annual fests are always a sure bet, and they come at you fast this time of year: The South Asian Film Festival (Oct. 1-Oct. 3) boasts a must-see showing of Satyajit Ray’s Citizen Kane-esque The Music Room, while the Central Florida Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 6-Nov. 7) celebrates its 13th year.
As far as individual film events, you want to seek out either cult classics that are meant to be seen with raucous crowds, like It Came From Outer Space (Oct. 8, Enzian), The Evil Dead (Oct. 22, Enzian), The Towering Inferno (Nov. 10, Cobb Plaza Cinema Café) or the pre-Thanksgiving double feature Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Pieces of April (Nov. 23) at Little Fish Huge Pond in Sanford.
If you’re feeling brave, test your mettle with Islands of Adventures at Universal Orlando’s weekend marathon of all eight Harry Potter films, which is said to include Q&As with filmmakers and cast members.
But in the post-Netflix era (yeah, we said it), your time is best spent seeking out more obscure titles that might not, at first glance, make you hit record at home: It’s a drive, but the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach has quite a day planned on Nov. 30, when they will show two modern classics, Whale Rider and Let the Right One In, along with countless other squeal-inducing screenings throughout the fall. Other venues to keep an eye on for upscale and/or obscure film nights include the Orlando Museum of Art, Stardust Video and Coffee, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, Rollins College and Urban ReThink. Get there soon, before Netflix steals your credit card number and insults your mother. – Justin Strout
Through Nov. 29
Animalopolis IMAX film explores the life of wild animals like cheetahs and lions. Various show times Thursday-Tuesday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $17; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
Arabia IMAX film follows Saudi Arabian film student Hamzah Jamjoom. Various show times Thursday-Tuesday; Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St.; $13; 407-514-2000; osc.org.
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