Written July 02, 2016
My wife and I met 4 years ago and what a great way to celebrate that meeting. We could not stop talking (after the film) about the plot, score and cinematography. What an enjoyable experience. Thank you Fathom, and than you Fandango and AMC. We had a great night at the movies
Written December 18, 2014
David Lean's Lawrence is one of those movies you have to see on screen. Sweeping, poignant and magical at times, it does what movies do best: paints a picture of this figure from history highlighting events that are not as well known. Peter O'toole career defining role at Lawrence shows warts and all, and it is interesting for a movie 50 years old to subtly tackle his sexual preference. It is a movie that should be taken out every few years and rerun in the theater like a beloved copy of a book.
Written May 28, 2016
At age seven, my mother took me and my older brother to see Lawrence of Arabia (spring 1963) at [I think] Uptown Theater in DC. I saw the 1989 restoration at the Uptown, and last night I saw the even more beautiful restoration at Balston Cinema in Arlington at 7 PM showing. After the screeing was over, the audience of 40-50 erupted in spontaneous applause. Truly the epic masterpiece of all time. It may have the greatest ever cast/characters in Peter O'Toole, Omar Shariif, Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, and Arthur Kennedy, and the most spectacular and honest battle scenes. It's prescient in dealing with dyamics of Arab nationalism (Washington Post headline that day on Turksih reprisals against Syria), the arrogance of British colonialism (e.g., all time classic scene where Lawrence and the Arab boy cause an uproar at the British officer's club).
Written May 24, 2016
David Lean's panoramic production of P.E. Lwrence has triggered my need to read more on the man and on his historical impact durling the last days of the Ottoman Empire....
Written June 25, 2016
There is more than enough written about the excellence of David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," and the Fathom Events showing last night at the Hoffman Theaters in Alexandria, VA was a great setting for its 50th anniversary observance. The 4K digitalization of the film was remarkable and I found even more to appreciate in it as the movie unfolded.
One caveat: the Hoffman complex holds multiple theaters, so the one next door to us was showing the latest "Resident Evil" movie. Unfortunately, several quieter moments in "Lawrence," such as the initial meeting at the well between Lawrence & Ali, were ruined by the fighting of lycans, vampires, zombies, etc., that could be heard through the walls. Theater complexes should try to separate special showings such as "Lawrence" from other films so such sound bleed-through is lessened.