There is nothing like seeing a movie outdoors. Whether it's at the drive-in (according to my mom, I saw my first movie, "The Love Bug" when I was 2 months old at one), or on the grounds of the Washington Monument (picture a thousand people singing along to "The Wizard of Oz") or on top of a parking garage, some of my favorite movie memories are of outdoor summer screenings.
The folks at the Sundance Institute love showing movies any time, any place, and they're brought back the Sundance Outdoor Film Series to Utah again this summer. Every week, they'll wheel out the projector, put up the big screen and, voila, a movie theater that let's you bring in your own beverages, food, and doesn't mind if you snuggle up close with a friend.
Fridays in Park City, Mondays at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake, then Wednesdays at Sundance Resort, you can see a great lineup of films - here's this year's lineup, with my thoughts...
JULY 13, 16, 18: THE TRUMAN SHOW - The ultimate in reality television. They'll laugh in 20 years when we thought this was all fiction.
JULY 20, 23, 25: KINKY BOOTS - Utah can use a little kinkiness in its life. Too bad the boots are the only thing racy in this one.
JULY 27, 30, AUG. 1: NEVER CRY WOLF - Marvel at the expanses of unspoiled nature.
AUG. 3, 6, 8: STOP MAKING SENSE - Marvel at the expanses of David Byrne's white suit.
AUG. 10, 13, 15: OCEAN'S 11 (The original) - You know those photos of Frank, Dean, Sammy and the rest of the Rat Pack hanging out in Vegas? Well, this is what they did during the day before they hit the theaters of the Strip at night. I dare you to get "E-O Eleven" out of your head for days afterwards.
AUG. 17, 20, 22: DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB - See Peter Sellers play multiple characters to great effect. Sort of the anti-Norbit.