Tom’s Top Pics – What’s Coming To The Astor, June/July 2017

And it’s that time again when we get ourselves a new Astor Calendar! A little shorter than usual but just as fantastic. So, for what it’s worth, here’s a little list of my must-see films for the next two months.

-The Last Waltz (10th of June):

One of the best concert films of all time. Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz documents The Band’s last concert with guests like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters and more… Shot with the help of Vilmos Zsigmond and Lazlo Kovacs, this features some all-time great performances by some of the world’s greatest musicians.

-Heat (17th of June):

I don’t think there’d be many people who’d argue against me saying this is Michael Mann’s masterpiece. The first film ever to set Al Pacino and Robert De Niro face to face, this is a film that’s so sharp it still feels fresh 22 years on. Don’t miss the greatest heist film of all time now in a stunning 4K restoration.

-Do the Right Thing (23rd of June):

If you judge a film by its title sequence, you better love Do the Right Thing. Back before Spike Lee was in a perpetual beef with Quentin Tarantino, he was just as inventive and energetic as QT himself, perhaps even more so. While there’s any number of Spike Lee’s early films that demand to be seen, Do the Right Thing is the one you cannot miss.

-Goodfellas (5th of July – 35mm):

Easily one of Scorsese’s best, based on the life of real life gangster Henry Hill, there’s no better way to see Goodfellas than on the big screen. Anyone who’s seen it knows how frenetic and wild a ride this flick is and in 35mm on the big screen it’s unforgettable… Just don’t call Joe Pesci funny…

-Fantasia (16th of July – 35mm):

There’s never a day I’m not in the mood for Fantasia. For those few who don’t know it already, Fantasia is Disney’s attempt to pair beloved classical music from Bach to Beethoven, Dukas to Ponchielli, with the best animation they’ve ever achieved. While today Disney may, in the minds of some people, make one think of “dumbing down”, this is absolutely not the case here. Disney rise to the music’s level and give us some of the greatest animation ever put to film.

It was tough to restrict myself to only five, but things like this have a tendency to get a little out of hand for people like me…

Written by Tom May
Tom May is a Melbourne based writer, filmmaker and columnist with a vast knowledge of film, BBQ and Paul Thomas Anderson.