Dear New Parkway Lover:
Tomorrow we enter February, a month for Super Bowls, Academy Awards, and a day for lovers. Perhaps a month for lovers…of football, movies, and those special someones in our lives. At the New Parkway, we’re celebrating all of these and more, and here’s are some of the highlights of the first week:
· Art Murmur tomorrow night, Friday, featuring a free showing of the recently sold-out “A Lovely Day” as well as the first installment of our erotica series, Feelmore Fresh, at 11:59PM.
· Our Super Bowl Extravaganza—already totally sold out—where we’ll have the big game on the big screen.
· Several big Oscar contenders including Life of Pi and Beasts of the Southern Wild and great documentaries including Brooklyn Castle, Searching for Sugar Man, and a free showing of A Loving Story.
· Late night showings of Groundhog Day and Pink Floyd’s The Wall
· A bunch of Oompa Loompas doing what Oompa Loompas do
You can learn all about our offerings at www.thenewparkway.com. And, when you come, you can also enjoy our free bike parking, our free car parking (except on First Fridays), and our food and drink offerings that are so good and so cheap that they might seem like they’re free.
Here’s what Adam has to say about our week of features:
It's Super Bowl Sunday time. And what better way to celebrate the awesomeness of America than eating nacho cheese in gallon tubs, super extra large pizzas ( the Dominoes ad is playing on repeat in my brain, ANY PIZZA, ANY SIZE, ANY TOPPINGS FOR ONLY $10!!!!) and enough cholesterol to choke a barren of mules. Well, you can make a great weekend into a great week by visiting the Parkway for a movie (in addition to our Super Bowl party). So let's not hesitate and dive right in to this week's selection of masterpieces (I promise I will stop referring to every lineup as masterpieces once we show the new Die Hard movie).
Life Of Pi
It's back for a final week. We keep trying to get rid of it but the word of mouth keeps spreading and more people want to experience one of the best movies of the year on the big screen. You don't want to be sitting there like a tool on Oscars night not having anything intelligent to say to your kids (if applicable) when they ask you with innocent, Bambi-like eyes if Life of Pi deserved to get screwed by Lincoln. So do the right thing.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
This is THE movie. Ever since the Academy made 5 Best Picture nominees into 10 a few years ago, the movies that were nominated for Best Director were essentially ruled to be the actual best five movies of the year. And this year 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' came out of nowhere to claim nominations for Best Picture, Director and Actress (youngest nominee ever- she was 6 when shooting). So if you have seen 'Zero Dark Thirty' or 'Argo', and really liked them, this is the movie that screwed them out of the Best Picture Oscar. It must be good.
Searching for Sugar Man
Not sure if you know who Rodriguez is. You may be more up to date on music than I am (the last band I heard break-through were the Strokes in 2001). Rodriguez is a folk musician who is largely unknown in the US but extremely popular in South Africa. And it's not like the weird obsession with David Hasselhoff in Germany. His fame is actually deserved. When he was mistakenly reported to have committed suicide in South Africa, two fans went in search of the truth. Nominated for Best Documentary this year, this is widely regarded (96% Rotten Tomatoes) to be one of the best movies of the year (I know- there are a lot).
The description reads: An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes. It was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance. It is in extremely limited release so you get to see it before anyone else does. It has made $143,116 at the box office to date. That has literally exhausted all my knowledge of this movie. This could take the 'role-model' genre in a whole new direction after the Paul Rudd movie 'Role Models' got it off to a shaky start. Someone needs to go and see this and tell me how it is. Because if this holds over for another week, I have nothing to write.
As for the non-features, we’ve got the following:
Super Bowl Extravaganza—Both theaters, 270 fans, and the 49ers doing their thing. This event is totally sold out. Kickoff at 3:30, doors at 2PM.
Baby Brigade—The babies are back this Monday, two times, at 4:30 and 6:30, to entertain their parents by letting them go to the movies. Yay, babies.
Doc Night—six times a year, we’ll be partnering with the Appreciating Diversity Film Series to show a free film followed by a community discussion. The first Tuesday in February will be our first offering, and we’re showing A Loving Story. Some come on out for a wonderful movie and some wonderful community. 7:15 on Tuesday.
Parkway Classics—on Thursday, February 7th, we’re showing Swingers. Will the Thrill's Parkway Classics presents the most "money" movie of all time, as Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn (in their first, and best, movie team-up) inexpertly navigate the stylish swing scene of mid-'90s L.A., looking for love in all the wrong places. "Vegas, baby, Vegas!"
And there’s more. Check it all out online at www.thenewparkway.com.