Here’s a novel idea, and one that stands out among the happily busy outdoor-summer-films schedule: Squeaky Wheel’s Wheel-to-Reel Film Series. (I initially typed “Wheel-to-Rail,” which would be quite different.)
Presented in conjunction with Go Bike Buffalo and Merge (Squeaky also thanks Buffalo Place and the Erie Harbor Development Corporation), the free screenings will be held at Canalside, meaning you may want to arrive early to grab a chair, or, you pack your blanket. It’s another inventive offering from Squeaky Wheel, which also has its annual Outdoor Festival coming up on July 27 and August 21.
Before every screening, attendees can interact with Squeaky’s Stop Motion Animation Station from 8 to 9 p.m., while the films always start at 9.
The line-up of films is nicely diverse, with some early John Cusack and Tom Hanks, a dash of Paul Rudd, and a burst of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (I would NOT have thought of “This is 40” — very clever.) Here’s the schedule:
- July 10: “Better Off Dead”
- July 17: “The Man with One Red Shoe”
- July 24: “This is 40”
- July 31: “Premium Rush”
(Note that the series kicked off on July 3 with “The Goonies.” For a Sloth fix, you can head to Orchard Park on July 21, as the film will screen at 9 p.m. at Chestnut Ridge Park, part of the village’s annual Quaker Days.)
Photo: Robert Smigel and Paul Rudd in Universal Pictures’ “This is 40.” Credit: Suzanne Hanover © 2012 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.