As I explained last week, I'm a child of the '80s.
As such, I grew up watching movies that are now deemed "classics." If anything makes you feel old, it's that ... that and talking to people who've never seen some of those films.
Anyways, two of the now-classic movies of my youth will be playing over the next week as part of separate outdoor movie series, serving as a chance to see a great film on the big screen again or introduce it to a new generation.
Outdoor Film Fest
Under information that's sure to impress, John Hughes, the master of coming-of-age comedies, wrote the screenplay for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in less than a week.
The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. Accompanied by his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), and his best friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), he does all he can to elude his resentful sister (Jennifer Grey) and Principal Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones).
Among the numerous things that make the film so great is the fact that Bueller/Broderick frequently breaks through "the fourth wall," the thing that separates audience from actor, to speak directly to the camera and, in effect, to the audience.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will be screened at Cinebarre on Thursday as part of its Outdoor Film Fest Throwback Thursdays series. The film starts at dusk at Cinebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., in Mount Pleasant. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
For more, go to Cinebarre.com.
Movies on the Beach
If the idea of a movie under the stars sounds nice, consider upping the ante to a movie on the beach complete with the waves lapping peacefully in the background.
On Wednesday at dusk, the beach behind the Tides Folly Beach Hotel at 1 Center St. will transform into a theater with an inflatable movie screen.
The next free screening, which starts at dusk, will be of "Dirty Dancing."
Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the film follows Grey's daddy's girl character nicknamed Baby while on vacation in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. At the resort, Baby falls for the dance instructor, Johnny Castle. In her first act of defiance, Baby learns about dance and love during the summer of 1963.
All Movies on the Beach are held weather and wind permitting. For more, go to Facebook.com/tidesfollybeachoceanfront.
Another film slated to be screened Wednesday is Disney's "Planes."
A spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise, though it wasn't produced by Pixar, "Planes" follows crop dusting plane Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), who has a fear of heights, as he aims to compete in a famous around-the-world aerial race.
The free outdoor screening will begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Village Green at Freshfields Village. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Freshfields Village is at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. For more information, go to www.FreshfieldsVillage.com.
Music on the Green
Another event taking place at Freshfields Village, this one of the musical variety, is the annual Music on the Green concert series.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday, enjoy a free performance by Bradford Station. Founded by Charleston native Brad Henty, the band has been recognized as Best New Band by the South Bay Blues Awards.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
Thursday Night Boogie
While the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's Shaggin' on the Cooper series has been a long-standing event, the folks over at the Mount Pleasant Pier still know how to shake things up.
Introduced in June, the next event in the Thursday Night Boogie summer dance series will take place Thursday.
A counterpart to the Shaggin' on the Cooper series, which is open to all ages, Thursday Night Boogie is intended for ages 21 and up and will be held the Thursday prior to each Shaggin' event.
Starting at 6 p.m., DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning a variety of oldies, beach music classics and line-dancing hits. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Admission is $10, with Charleston County residents able to purchase advance tickets for $8. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age to gain entry and a photo ID is required.
For more, go to CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 795-4386.
Shaggin' on the Cooper
An annual summer staple put on by CCPRC, Shaggin' on the Cooper is back in action Saturday.
The event will feature live music by The Coppertones. Food and beverages will be available on-site for purchase.
The dance series at the Mount Pleasant Pier off Harry Hallman Jr. Boulevard runs 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $8 for Charleston County residents, and it's recommended that advance purchases are made as tickets are limited.
For more, call 795-4386 or go to www.CharlestonCountyParks.com/shaggin.