The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau just released the lineup for this year’s Movies in the Park, the quite popular series of free outdoor film screenings that take place at Riverfest Amphitheater long about dusk on midsummer Wednesday nights.
This year kicks off June 12 with “Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” which concerns vampires and werewolves or something, if I’m not mistaken. The lineup is heavy on feelgood and popcorn-flick fare — “Remember the Titans” (June 19), “The Notebook” (June 26), “The Dark Knight Rises” (July 3). That’s to be expected, for sure. Gotta give the people what they want, and what they want is the crowd-pleasing blockbusters. But wouldn’t it be funny if, just for one year, Movies in the Park went really weird? Like, way-off-the-rails arthouse/trashy B-movie/exploitation-type weird?
What if the Movies in the Park schedule was like:
June 4: “Blue Velvet”
June 11: “Holy Mountain”
June 18: “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”
June 21: “Suspiria”
June 28: “The Harder They Come”
July 5: “Weekend”
July 12: “Weekend at Bernie’s”
July 19: “Pink Flamingos”
July 26: “The Hills Have Eyes”
Aug. 2: “Fellini Satyricon”
Actually, looking at that list reinforces what a gigantic failure that lineup would undoubtedly be (though it would be amazing to watch “Holy Mountain” outside on the big screen surrounded by a cross-section of Central Arkansawyers). Probably better to just stick to “The Zookeeper” (July 10), “Finding Nemo” (July 24) and so forth. The press release with a full (and real) schedule is after the jump.