MotR

2018 Movies on the Roof

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer. We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.

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Hello Moser Neighbors!  We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Movies on the Roof Season!!

This season features movies spanning 70 years of American cinema, and we invite you to judge for yourself if Clint Eastwood is better as an outlaw or a cop, or if you could keep up with Nick and Nora, or how you'd fare as a con artist!

This year offers a special challenge, and we welcome your vote: Is Citizen Kane or Vertigo the greatest movie of all time?!

Without further ado:

  • July 10  -  Dirty Harry (1971)
  • July 17  -  After the Thin Man (1936)
  • July 24  -  Citizen Kane (1941)
  • July 31  -  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
  • August 7  -  Inherit the Wind (1960)
  • August 14  -  Vertigo (1958)
  • August 21  -  A Few Good Men (1992)
  • August 28  -  The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (1966)

Movies on the Roof is a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer.   

We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during the summer on a rooftop in Printer's Row.  After sunset we start our pre-show and presentation, giving our audience the mood and cultural context for the feature presentation.

Good stuff we're keeping from past years:

  • Curated pre-show with newsreels, shorts, cartoons and/or commercials from the year the movie debuted.
  • The offer to join us anytime after 5:30pm to enjoy the rooftop deck and a playlist of the top hits of the appropriate year.
  • Ice chest and grill available for those who would like to bring grillables or drinkables.
  • A chance to appreciate (and donate, if you feel like it) to our themed charity for each movie.
  • FRESH FREE POPCORN!

And here are some of our resident-focused features:

  1. Residents can reserve seats for themselves and their guests up to a week in advance.
  2. The Resident Portal is not accessible from the main website; only through this direct link.
  3. Residents will receive a weekly reminder email of the upcoming event with links to the Resident Portal.
  4. As we can no longer put up signage, we’ve supplied guests with a map to avoid people getting lost on their way to the bathrooms (now conveniently located on the Ninth Floor!).
  5. We’re reconfigured our hardware to reduce the volume while still allowing guests to hear the movie.
  6. All amplified sound will be off as soon as practicable and absolutely by 11PM.
  7. As always, the deck will be left as clean or cleaner than we found it.

Check the Resident Portal for the latest news, schedule, and weather information.  Hope to see you on the roof this summer!

Movies on the Roof is absolutely free to attend. This is a labor of love: nothing is required beyond your invite and a willingness to have a good time!

Hope to see you soon,

Tom + Laura

 

 

Week 7: Advise and Consent

“Advise and Consent” is based on a wildly popular novel of the same name. The movie expertly pulls back the layers of drama arising from what should be a mundane political appointment. 

The director, Otto Preminger, is a Hollywood outsider and so has no qualms about writing a stinging indictment of the nasty backstabbing in Washington DC.

Though its perspective on political mechanisms may not be as shocking today, given our current atmosphere, it was an unusually cynical and biting commentary when released.

Sunset is at 7:40 PM, and the weather looks promising.

Week 6: State of the Union

With a plot that starts much like “All the King’s Men”, Frank Capra's “State of the Union” stars Spencer Tracy as a socially popular businessman who is courted by the Republican political machine as a candidate.  As a political candidate, his advisers attempt to balance his relationships with his savvy, results-oriented mistress (Angela Lansbury) and his wide-eyed, all-American young wife (played by his real-life mistress Katharine Hepburn).

A light, refreshing palette cleanser after the rich, dark scheming of “The Lion in Winter” and the depression rise and fall of a populist in “All the King’s Men”,  “State of the Union” is an optimistic take on a man’s ability to find his integrity in the face of the siren call of political power.

Sunset is at 7:50 PM, and the weather looks promising.

Week 5: The Lion in Winter

With an truly awe-inspiring cast, The Lion in Winter is a dramatic look into the royal politics that underlay in the now familiar characters of King Richard the Lionhearted and Prince John.  

Katharine Hepburn is exquisite as the acerbic, razor-sharp Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first wife of King Henry II. Once a year, for Christmas, Henry had her brought out of solitary confinement to celebrate with their three contentious sons

This is one of Tom’s absolute favorite films, and one that’s been on the MotR short list for years.  We’re delighted that its theme of political machinations fits so smoothly into this season.

 

Week 4: All the King's Men

If Robin Hood was the most obvious of our political movies this year, All the King’s Men may be the most unsettling: a populist politician with the good intentions of an idealist is transformed by the realities of power and politics.

All the King’s Men has a highly decorated history: the novel it’s based on, by the same name, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning three of them: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role.  In addition, it also won five Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Leading), and Best Actress (Supporting). 

For those who’ve wondered if power would corrupt us, watching ambition supersede belief for both our main characters may serve as a warning. In an environment steeped in power struggles, money, and secrets, both perspective and morality can become skewed.  

All the King’s Men is a complex and rich movie, weaving interactions of multiple characters into a narrative that is earnest, gritty, and real. There are redemptions and damnations, love and loss, arrogance and despondency.  

You want political noir?  We got political noir.

Hope to see you there!

 

Week 3: Disney's Robin Hood

Although ostensibly a children’s cartoon, Robin Hood’s ‘steal from the corrupt rich and give to the oppressed poor’ ideology might be the most politically pointed of our movies this season.  

The traditional story of Robin Hood references a real political battle between the sons of King Henry II.  While King Richard was gone to the Crusades, his younger brother Prince John was ruling in this absence.  In fact, you can join us on August 8th for a more dramatic view of Henry and his sons when we screen The Lion in Winter.

It’s only the second of Disney’s movies with no human characters -- the first was Bambi -- and you may notice some familiar songs (notably, the fight songs from USC and Wisconsin, along with a slower version of this)

The weather tomorrow looks perfect; and the show will start after sunset at 8:16PM.  We look forward to seeing you!

Moser residents can reserve seats for themselves and their guests, which will be held until the show starts.

Week 2: Fail Safe

Hello Neighbors!  This Tuesday, July 18, we are thrilled to share for Sidney Lumet's Cold War classic:  Fail Safe.

For a movie that features an entire act of two people on the telephone, this ascetic, taut thriller is both fascinating and terrifying.  In the context of the Cold War, the movie centers around an error that inadvertently kicks off the countdown to Mutually Assured Destruction between the US and Russia

Ignore the nonsensical tagline (“Fail Safe Will Have You Sitting on the Bring of Eternity!” — this is smart, elegant, all-too-close-to-home thriller about just how quickly international politics can go terribly wrong.

Its popularity suffered from the release of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” in the same year, in which nuclear war is played for laughs.  The gravity of “Fail Safe” failed to resonate with an audience looking to dismiss the fears of the previous generation with flippant pomposity.

To reiterate our resident-focused changes this year:

  1. Residents can reserve seats for themselves and their guests up to a week in advance.
  2. The Resident Portal is not accessible from the main website; only through this direct link.
  3. Residents will receive a weekly reminder email of the upcoming event with links to the Resident Portal.
  4. As we can no longer put up signage, we’ve supplied guests with a map to avoid people getting lost on their way to the bathrooms.
  5. We’re reconfigured our hardware to reduce the volume while still allowing guests to hear the movie.
  6. All amplified sound will be off as soon as practicable and absolutely by 11PM.
  7. As always, the deck will be left as clean or cleaner than we found it.

Check the Resident Portal for the latest news, schedule, and weather information.  Hope to see you on the roof on Tuesday!

 

UPDATE: 

The Moser Board voted and we have great news:  MotR will continue!  

However, because of upcoming improvements (read: remodeling) of our roof, the 2017 season schedule will likely be shifted.  We will let you know via email, Facebook, and this website when we lock in dates for the movies, but for now they should be considered To Be Determined.  As soon as we can confirm the dates, we will let you know.

We’d also like to take the opportunity to express our love and gratitude to the many fellow residents who voiced their enthusiastic support for Movies on the Roof.  Without your help, we could not continue.  We are thrilled that our building has chosen to continue welcoming Movies on the Roof, and we’re beyond excited for the upcoming renovation.

See you (soon) on the Roof!

Cheers,
Laura & Tom

 

Welcome to the eighth year of Movies on the Roof at Moser Lofts!

Every year we add changes to make Movies on the Roof a better experience for our neighbors. This year we're focusing on getting more Moser residents up to the roof.

For 2017, we're introducing:

  • Prime seat reservations exclusively for Moser residents and owners!
  • Revised notifications to our guests to be respectful of others when joining and leaving the event.
  • Weekly reminders via email and on the official Moser Facebook group about the upcoming movie.

Here is this summer's lineup! Your reserved seats will be held for you until the show starts, just after sundown.

For any residents or owners who aren't yet familiar with MotR, it's a private movie festival run by Laura Lanford and Thomas Rammer (unit 508/510).  This event is open to Moser residents/owners and their guests.

We screen classic American cinema Tuesday evenings during the summer on the Moser rooftop.  After sunset we do a short presentation and pre-show reel, giving our audience the mood and cultural context for the feature presentation.

Good stuff we're keeping from past years:

  • Curated pre-show with newsreels, shorts, cartoons and/or commercials from the year the movie debuted.
  • The offer to join us anytime after 5:30pm to enjoy the rooftop deck and Tom's custom mix of the top hits of the appropriate year.
  • Ice chest and grill available for those who would like to bring grillables or drinkables.
  • FRESH FREE POPCORN!

Movies on the Roof is absolutely free to attend. This is a labor of love: nothing is required beyond your invite and a willingness to have a good time!

Please email us at contact@moviesontheroof.com if you have questions or suggestions.

Hope to see you there!  

Cheers,

Tom Rammer & Laura Lanford (unit 508/510)

MotR 2017