So you survived the Mayan Apocalypse, you made through the holiday season, and are still recovering from a wild, raucous New Year’s Eve celebration. Looking for a more low-key set of weekend plans after all of that? Perhaps something where you can sit down for an extended period of time. Seattle’s own Egyptian Theater, located in Capital Hill, may have just what you need. Friday, January 4 kicks off a new slate of midnight movies on Friday and Saturday nights.
This schedule includes adventures, monsters, musicals, and time travel, not to mention a few movies that are just totally awesome. Admittedly, there is one selection that seems like a very strange choice. Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is a great movie, but clocking in at 158 minutes, coupled with subdued, deliberate pace, it isn’t the kind of movie you usually want to start watching at midnight unless you have severe insomnia.
The Egyptian is located in Capital Hill at 805 East Pine. General admission tickets are only $8.25, and, as always, the shows begin at midnight.
Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The great Sean Connery adds a lot of spice (and class) to this action-filled story of the search for the Holy Grail. He plays the father of fearless adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), an archeologist who teams with his son to foil the Nazis, who are after the same prize. The third film in the original Indiana Jones trilogy, co-starring River Phoenix and Denholm Elliott. Directed by Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12
The Monster Squad
Count Dracula is alive! In fact, he plans to rule the world, and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters: Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy and Gill Man. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plot and prepare a counter strike. Co-written by Shane Black, screenwriter of Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero.
Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19
Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, Reservoir Dogs is a brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds). A wild bunch of crooks and killersâ€”all perfect strangersâ€”are assembled to pull off the perfect crime. But their simple jewel heist explodes into a bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and a terrific ensemble cast.
Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26
Edward Norton trudges through his mundane daily existence, attending support groups for individuals with cancer as a way to actually feel something. There, he confronts another faker (Helena Bonham Carter) who seems to be even more jaded and cynical than he is. On a business trip, he meets a mysterious a soap manufacturer (Brad Pitt) and together they form a Fight Club to release their aggression. Before long, the whole world seems to be joining in on the adrenaline-soaked fun. Directed by David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network/i>, Seven).
Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2
Back to the Future
When high school student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) gets transported into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean created by his inventor friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he meets his future parents and has a tough time getting them back together so that he can be born! Co-starring Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson.
Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9
Moulin Rouge! is an exuberant celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love, set in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Paris nightclub, circa 1900. Director Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet) brings together gorgeous period design and modern-era pop tunes to create a unique musical experience starring Nicole Kidman as the star of Moulin Rouge and the city’s most famous courtesan, and Ewan McGregor as a writer who finds himself plunged into this decadent world where anything goesâ€”except falling in love.
Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16
Based on the Bram Stoker Award-nominated short story by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the â€œtrueâ€ story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home. He had switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his â€œdeath,â€ then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting groundsâ€¦ From Don Coscarelli, director of Phantasm and The Beastmaster, whose new film, John Dies at the End, opens Feb. 22 at the Varsity.
Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23
There Will Be Blood
A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, based on a novel by Upton Sinclair, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia, Boogie Nights) is set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. When Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, Academy Award winner for Best Actor in this role, and current front runner for this year’s Best Actor Academy Award in Lincoln) gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads there with his young son H.W. (Dillon Freasier). In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), they make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human valueâ€”love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and sonâ€”is imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.