Friday, February 02, 2018

Vote on this Year's NoMa Summer Screen Films (Theme is Wonder Women)

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It's hard to believe NoMa Summer Screen is heading into its 11th season, but it's true. The summer movie series from NoMa Business Improvement District started way back in 2008. This year's theme is Wonder Women, and you can vote now to help select the 12 films (out of 25 possibilities) with strong female leads that will play on the outdoor screen this summer. The movies will be shown on Wednesday evenings for 13 weeks over June, July, and August. NoMa BID will make sure that at least 4 of the films shown will be rated G or PG and no more than 4 films will be rated R. NoMa Summer Screen is open to the public and free.

Here's the list of potential NoMa Summer Screen films:

10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: (PG-13) A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: (PG) Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (1992)

AKEELAH AND THE BEE: (PG) A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. (2006)

CHICAGO: (PG-13) Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (2002)

FRIDA: (R) A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (2002)

GHOSTBUSTERS: (PG-13) Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. (2016)

GIRLFIGHT: (R) Diana, without her father knowing it, trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers. (2000)

JACKIE BROWN: (R) A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. (1997)

KILL BILL VOL. 1: (R) The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (2003)

MATILDA: (PG) Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (1996)

MISS CONGENIALITY: (PG-13) An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event. (2000)

MOANA: (G) In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. (2016)

MULAN: (G) To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (1998)

PITCH PERFECT: (PG-13) Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (2012)

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY: (PG-13) The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans. (2016)

ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: (R) Two inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates. (1996)

SALT: (PG-13) A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

THE CRAFT: (R) A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. (1996)

THE FIFTH ELEMENT: (PG-13) In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay. (1997)

THE HUNGER GAMES: (PG-13) Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (2012)

THE ITALIAN JOB: (G) After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (2010)

THELMA & LOUISE: (R) Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed. (1991)

WONDER WOMAN: (PG-13) When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (2017)

MAD MAX: (R) A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (2015)

ERIN BROCKOVICH: (R) An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (2000)

Previous themes have included: James Bond (2008), Music in Pictures (2009), The Future is Now (2010), Trains! (2011), The End of the World? (2012), Outlaw Heroes (2013), Unlikely Friendships (2014), Dance Dance Dance (2015), Choose Your Own Adventure (2016), and Power, Politics & Popcorn (2017).


Shawn said...

What no little miss sunshine? Come on...
How about Priscilla Queen of the Desert?

Annoyingmous said...

Interesting that all are from 1991 or later, and most much more recent than that. Is it because they figure the audience won't be into older films, or because they think films with strong female leads were more rare before then?