Fans of Joan Rivers have YouTube to catch clips of the comedienne, who died Thursday at 81. So do Robin Williams lovers — who also have the Oscar winner’s rich movie legacy to enjoy. And in Atlanta, The Plaza Theatre is offering four of the late comic’s movies right now, along with a couple of unrelated classics always worthy of a spot on the marquee: “Pulp Fiction” and “Stop Making Sense.”
I love “The Fisher King,” which I saw just once in its original 1991 release, and “The Birdcage,” which has grown more familiar as a staple of cable TV for the last decade. The Plaza also is showing “Jumanji,” one of Williams’s family pictures, and “Hook,” with an all-star cast directed by Steven Spielberg.
Movies are almost always better viewed on the big screen with crowds. And both “The Fisher King” and “The Birdcage” are full-on movies by major directors — gloriously visual and sweepingly emotional. At a time when Williams’s fans are still mourning his recent suicide, what better way to come together and celebrate his genius? YouTube is fine for some things, but only some.
In Atlanta, The Plaza is one of several theaters that regular give us chances to see older movies, and I’m thankful for all of them. Here’s an earlier piece that includes highlights from recent schedules of some around town. I hope we get more heading into the holiday season.
- “Sullivan’s Travels”
- “A Face in the Crowd”
- “The Searchers”
- “A Hard Day’s Night”
- “It Happened One Night”
- “The Best Years of Our Lives”
- “Touch of Evil”
That’s a good group. My DVR holds a few more, and “The 400 Blows” has arrived from Netflix. So I’m ready for football season.
And a trip or two to The Plaza.
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