Saturday, July 3, 2010

"This Saturday night...we're sending you BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!"

I planned to write this earlier in the day, but wanted and needed to take care of a couple of errands plus wash my Mini when I found myself on the only day I'd probably have time to do so. Plus there was "Toy Story 3" to see again this evening, which once again was incredible!! So here we go...

25 years ago today, "Back to the Future" flashed into theaters and a major movie phenomenon was born! The film that would become my favorite of all time, to this day has one of the tightest scripts in movie history. Everything has a purpose in the story; dialogue, actions, cause and effect. Right down to the smallest detail.

It's a comedy, an action movie, and a science fiction film all rolled into one. Original yet familiar, heartwarming and even tear inducing at one moment, exciting and thrilling with elements of real tension. "BTTF" has all of these things wrapped around a cast of incredibly talented actors, top notch special effects both visual and mechanical, and a rousingly big orchestra score that expands the movie to an even larger scope.

Michael J. Fox and Chistopher Lloyd are forever immortalized as Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown. John DeLorean's creation on wheels started as a revolutionary automobile, but will always be associated with and seen as the time machine that accidentally carries a teenager back thirty years in time to meet his parents and hopefully save his future.

There have been many articles online today commemorating the 25th anniversary, but the one thing I was overjoyed to read was an update regarding THE "Back to the Future" event we're all waiting for this coming November! The 25th Anniversary celebration taking place over a week's time starting November 5th and ending on the 12th, chronicling Marty McFly's trip back to 1955 and return to 1985 right to the day!

This includes a screening of "BTTF" in the Puente Hills Mall parking lot (Twin Pines Mall from the film), a 'Battle of the Bands' competition at the McCambridge Park Rec. Center (where the school gymnasium scene was shot), an extensive tour of just about EVERY filming location in the movie, a hoverboard 101 class, a disassemblage of the DeLorean time machine discussion with the original creators of the movie vehicle, an exclusive event only tour of the town center and clock tower set on the Universal backlot, all culminating with a re-creation of the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance at the Hollywood United Methodist Church Gymnasium where that scene was actually filmed!

And this is just a SCANT overview of the INSANE amount of COMPLETELY COOL events going on over the course of the eight days!!! Check out the website here for a complete list of everything scheduled, organized, and in the works! I...CAN'T...WAIT!!!!!!

Tomorrow I'll be heading to two key locations from "Back to the Future" to commemorate this quarter century anniversary; The Gamble House in Pasadena which was the filming location for Doc Brown's mansion, and a particular house and street in the North Hollywood area where Marty McFly and family lived in Lyon Estates. Yes, I plan to take pictures.

I'm hoping the guided tours and book store are open and running at the Gamble House tomorrow, even though it's a holiday. I've been inside the book store once before with Bill and Allen about three years ago. This is the garage where Doc Brown's lab was in 1955 and 1985 and where he ended up living when the mansion burned down. Also want to have the DVD of the movie along to watch key scenes connected with the locations when I get there.


At July 4, 2010 at 2:53 AM, Anonymous Allen Pinney said...

All I can say is WOW! That is a jam packed anniversary event! Have fun on your mini-tour and say hi to Doc Brown for me!

At July 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM, Blogger LA Filmcutter said...

Just flat out 'bursting-at-the-seams incredible!!!


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