Matthew Lillard’s filmography runs the gamut, from the goofy Shaggy in the “Scooby-Doo” movies to playing opposite Clint Eastwood in “Trouble With the Curve.” Here Lillard offers, in his own words, the movies that impacted him so greatly, he remembers exactly where and when he saw them.
v “The Blair Witch Project,” Park City, Utah, Sundance Film Festival, 1999: I had no preconceived expectations. Afterwards, as the lights came up, I sat there, bug-eyed and completely shell-shocked. The rest of the room was sitting in the same silence as I was. It was epic.
v “The Lord of the Rings — The Return of the King,” Wellington, New Zealand, 2003: As the lights came up, I had tears in my eyes, and was blown away by the moment. I was a kid who lived in his imagination, and those books helped define the man I am today.
v “Training Day,” San Francisco, 2001: It was the 10 p.m. screening at the Kabuki Theatre near the Mission District. As the lights dimmed and the movie started, a huge fight erupted between two groups of men. Someone screamed, “He has a knife!” The skirmish was over as quickly as it had begun, but the effects of a dude swinging a knife lingered.
v “Aliens,” Orange County, Calif., 1986: I was with my dad standing in line to buy tickets for over an hour. A packed theatre and the rush of excitement as the lights went down, James Cameron’s “Aliens” was totally perfect for a 16-year-old boy.
v “Fat Kid Rules the World,” Austin, Texas, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2012: It’s the movie I directed. It’s a bit selfish to include, but the world premiere meant the world to me.
Night in Belgrade Serbian event
The Circle of Serbian Sisters’ annual Night in Belgrade will be Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Serbian Memorial Hall, 54 Laird Ave.
The evening will begin with a buffet dinner of traditional Serbian cuisine including chicken, stuffed pork, cevapacci and rice pilaf. Tickets are $20 ($8 for children 6 to 12).
The entertainment will feature Libby Fill’s Ladies Tamburitzans and the Talija Folklore Dance Group from Belgrade, Serbia. Tickets for the dance only are $10.
For reservations, call 330-759-1671.
Packard band in special concert
The W.D. Packard Concert Band will have its 57th anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall. Admission is free.
Stephen L. Gage is conductor. Gerard J. Ascione will be guest conductor and pianist for the concert.