Main Street Landing’s weekly movie series brings great classic cinema to the Burlington area. It is a free event open to the public on a first come first served basis. We accept donations at the door to benefit a local non-profit. Movies at Main Street Landing offers the non-profit organization the platform to raise money, to receive advertising exposure, and to promote their cause. Movies at Main Street Landing culturally enriches the Burlington community with free classic films presented weekly on our big 25 foot movie screen, with Dolby surround sound. Every Tuesday Night at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Landing Film House, Third Floor of the Lake and College Building, at Sixty Lake Street, in Burlington, Vermont. More info? Call Mariah Riggs, Director of the Performing Arts Center, 802-540-3018,or Mariah@mainstreetlanding.com.
Bill Murray starred in Scrooged just a few years after conquering the box office with that other ghost-themed comedy. The film is an updated version of A Christmas Carol, putting Murray at the center as Frank, a grinch-like TV exec who cares more about money and over-the-top programming than his loved ones. Though I think the story holds up extraordinarily well, one of Scrooged's greatest assets is its cast. Besides Murray in a role designed for his dry and cynical brand of humor there is Karen Allen who plays Frank's love interest. As well as Carol Kane, the New York Dolls' David Johansen and the late John Forsythe as ghosts who visit him. Murray received much warmer receptions for Ghostbusters and Caddyshack, but I think Scrooged is just as much of a '80s essential that has only gotten better with age especially around Christmas.
For a movie that's remembered mostly as one of the all-time classic Christmas films rather than as one of the all-time great musicals, White Christmas certainly commands a lot of star power and pop-cultural significance. The plot finds Crosby and Kaye as a top song-and-dance act who take a vacation in Vermont with a pair of sister entertainers, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. They arrive at a country inn run by the boys' former WWII commanding officer, Dean Jagger. He's about to go out of business due to a lack of snow so the foursome decides to put on a show to save the inn. White Christmas is a nostalgic trip back to the time when Irving Berlin ruled the charts and the movie musical was in its golden age. It’s a classic that remains vital to the spirit of the season.
Will Ferrell in one of his best roles is an innocent named Buddy who was adopted as a baby by Santa and his elves. Having been raised in the North Pole, Buddy has no idea that he is human. However, when he grows up to be a six-footer, he begins to notice that he is physically different from his fellow elves. Much to his chagrin, Buddy's skills as a toymaker are a bit substandard. Finally, Papa Elf sends his ingenuous son to New York City to meet his biological father, played by the gruff James Caan. Only Will Farrell could make this "fish out of water" movie so hilarious while also fashioning such a delightful holiday classic.
It's A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank Capra and has become the quintessential holiday classic. It's a film about an angel-in-training who gives a despondent man a look at what the world would be like if he had never been born. Director Frank Capra regarded this film as his own personal favorite. Turns out it was also James Stewart's favorite of all his feature films as well as our favorite for the holidays.
Long before there was Mad Men there was Billy Wilder's The Apartment. It is a superb comedy-drama that manages to embrace both sentiment and cynicism about its time and place in history. Lemmon attempts to climb the corporate ladder by loaning his apartment key to various executives for their extramarital trysts, but it backfires when he falls for his boss's latest girlfriend. Fine performances all around, including MacMurray as an uncharacteristic heel. Oscar winner for Best Picture in 1960.