An Awful Movie You've Got To See

Can You Watch All Of 'Plan 9' For Free At Pratt Branch?

Local Screening

July 10, 2009|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,

A half-century after it was made, movies still don't come any worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space, Edward D. Wood Jr.'s grade-Z sci-fi opus about aliens looking to take over the Earth by raising the dead and having them ... well, having them do something that will put us all in our place. (The movie's a little sketchy on the details.) Tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., will celebrate Plan 9's golden anniversary with a free screening of the film, as well as an appearance by Maryland's own Conrad Brooks, who played a policeman in the movie. Library officials promise prizes to anyone who can sit through the whole movie. It's only 79 minutes long and defines the term "so bad, it's good," so take them up on it. Information: 410-396-1580 or

'Sweet' revival: : Sweet Smell of Success (1957), with Burt Lancaster as iron-fisted show-biz sleazemonger J.J. Hunsecker (based not so loosely on columnist Walter Winchell) and Tony Curtis as his servile lapdog, Sidney Falco, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's revival series. Showtime is noon Saturday, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 Saturday, $8 other days. Information: 410-727-3456 or the

Murder mystery: : Lessons Learned, the latest film from Baltimore's Kubla Khan Productions, will be shown at 8 tonight at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Lamont Bryant stars as a journalist who becomes the prime suspect in a murder case - and who isn't sure whether he's guilty or not. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for alliance members and students, as well as the film's cast and crew. Information: or 410-276-1651.

Budget screenwriting: : A workshop on "Screenwriting for Shoestring Budgets" is set for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Advance registration is $80, $65 for alliance members; day-of registration is $100, $85 for members. Information: 410-276-1651 or

Films under the stars: : A handful of free outdoor film screenings will be playing throughout the Baltimore area in the coming week. Those who enjoy seeing their movies with a celestial backdrop can choose from among: Ocean's Thirteen (2007), with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as some of the world's most charming and photogenic burglars (7 tonight, at the corner of High and Stiles streets in Little Italy); Wall-E (2008), the futuristic tale of a lonely trash compactor and the robot that wins his heart (7:30 tonight outside Gilman Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus, 3400 N. Charles St.); The Express (2008), starring Rob Brown as Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy (dusk tonight, at the Clifton Park bandshell, off St. Lo Drive); Iron Man (2008), with Robert Downey Jr. as a millionaire industrialist moonlighting as an armor-plated superhero (8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point); and The Time Machine (1960), with Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux and Sebastian Cabot in H.G. Wells' tale about the perils of subterranean travel (9 p.m. Thursday outside the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, and visible from Federal Hill).

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