'The Spectacular Now' Hosting a Great Coming-of-Age Screening Series
by Alex Billington
July 3, 2013
One of this year's stand out coming-of-age independent films is The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt. I've been raving about it since Sundance, where it premiered and was acquired by A24 Films. The distributor has now organized a rather genius screening series, hosting screenings of iconic coming-of-age films at nine Landmark Theaters around the country. Anyone who goes will see a video introduction before each film from Spectacular Now writers Michael Weber & Scott Neustadter and receive a ticket to see that film early, too. They're showing: Say Anything, Dazed & Confused, Almost Famous and The Breakfast Club.
I really love everything about this screening series, especially because it's an honor of another great coming-of-age film, and I'm probably going to attend a few of these screenings myself. Landmark Theaters across the country, along with the Angelika in Dallas and the Los Feliz theater in Los Angeles have curated a film series for the month of July, presenting an iconic coming-of-age film each week leading up to theatrical release of The Spectacular Now starting August 2nd. Here are the list of films and theaters/cities involved:
Films & Schedule:
Tuesday, July 9 - Say Anything (Directed by Cameron Crowe, 1989)
Tuesday, July 16 - Dazed & Confused (Directed by Richard Linklater, 1993)
Tuesday, July 23 - Almost Famous (Directed by Cameron Crowe, 2000)
Tuesday, July 30 - The Breakfast Club (Directed by John Hughes, 1985)
Cities & Theaters:
New York - Landmark Sunshine
Los Angeles - Los Feliz
Dallas - Angelika Dallas
Boston - Kendall Square Cinema
Washington DC - E Street Cinema
Philadelphia - Ritz Five
Chicago - Century Centre Cinema
Minneapolis - Lagoon Cinema
Seattle - Harvard Exit Theatre
In addition to this announcement, a poster was released for the screening series to help promote it. Check it:
Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now is one of the best films from Sundance this year and has a chance to become as iconic as the four films playing in this series. I love that they're doing this, associating the film with these classics and giving it a chance to gain an even wider appreciation upon release. Plus, all of these films rule and it's always fun to see them in theaters again. Which is why I'm going.
The Spectacular Now is directed by up-and-coming American filmmaker James Ponsoldt, of the films Off the Black and Smashed previously. The screenplay was co-written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (500 Days of Summer, The Pink Panther 2, "Friends with Benefits") based on Tim Tharp's 2007 novel of the same name. A24 picked up the film after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Acting. A24 Films is releasing The Spectacular Now in select theaters August 2nd this year.