January 14, 2006

Cronenberg at the AFI Silver

The AFI Silver, Silver Spring, MD’s state-of-the-art, beautifully restored art deco theater, is currently showing a complete retrospective of the works of David Cronenberg. That’s right, everything’s playing over the next two months on the Silver’s huge screens with dolby digital sound: SCANNERS. EXISTENZ. DEAD RINGERS. VIDEODROME. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, which I’d missed on its first run. And tonight - THE FLY!

This is bar none the best place to see a movie in the D.C. area, and while Silver Spring is on the serious up-and-up these days, the slightly creepy, industrial, deserted middle-America vibe that still persists downtown (or maybe it’s just me?) would lend some great atmosphere to a night of Cronenbergian visions. Finish up with a nightcap and some Elvis mini-burgers and nachos at the seriously weird Jackie’s.

[Full disclosure: through my pro bono work for them over the past six years, I’m an AFI corporate sponsor, and they do let me in free. Even without that, I’d love this damn theater. Check out the other great movies now playing.]