Dear New Parkway Lover:
We learned this past week that Oakland hates Tom Cruise, as Jack Reacher turned out to be the biggest bomb so far at the New Parkway (and I don’t mean “da bomb”). Is it because of his Scientology? Let’s hope not because we’ve got The Master this week. Is it because he jumps up and down on couches? Because Wreck It Ralph jumps up and down, very similar to Cruise on Oprah. Is it because he’s been married and divorced so many times? Hopefully not since many of the musicians featured in Sound City have Cruise beat on that front many times over. Maybe it’s just because he’s so much prettier on the outside than he is on the inside, and Oakland is much more about grittiness and personality. Towards that end, here are some of the highlights of the upcoming week (and you can find all of the info at www.thenewparkway.com):
•Valentine’s Dinner Tonight—we had some last-minute cancelations so we’ve got a couple of $50/couple dinner + movie combos for a 6PM dinner and 7:15PM showing of Roman Holiday. Email me if you’re interested. We also have general admission Roman Holiday tickets (advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/337018 and also at the door) and two showings of the lovable Harold and Maude at 9 and 9:45.
•Euro Football—two big lunchtime soccer games next Tuesday and Wednesday, the first featuring Bayern Munich at Arsenal, and the second one Barcelona v. Milan. Free admission, food and drink for sale.
•International LGBT Film Festival, our first film festival at the new theater, runs Friday through Sunday featuring a handful of programs on one of our screens. Opening night info at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/331446
•Encore showing of The Zipper from the Brooklyn Reconstructed series on Saturday afternoon
•Three new features, none of which feature Tom Cruise
•Burlesque on Saturday night at 11:30 with only sequins to cover up the privates, all for $10.
•Point Break on both Friday and Saturday late nights. Come on out, surfers!
And we also have our big Academy Awards bash coming up on the 24th. Viewing party on the big screen, one auditorium emceed with fun games, finger food until you’re blue in the face, and lot of other extras, all for $20 (drinks are not included). Advance tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/319346
So please come hang out at the New Parkway, and maybe try to be the first person to watch a movie from every couch (or every seat). Lots of great stuff to choose from. Here’s what Adam has to say about our features:
It's a brand new week and we have a couple of doozies for you. Forget what I said about a February being a wasteland of movies where the garbage gets dumped every year. Or maybe February is that bad, but as a second-run theater, we won't get the garbage until March. So let's rejoice that we still have some great January movies to enjoy. Each one of these three movies cater to a different audience. There may be some overlap but I doubt it (I always felt like Doubting Thomas got a bad rap- Jesus acted as if coming back from the dead was a common occurrence. Give Thomas a break!).
The title could almost be a description of the director, PT Anderson. Let's face it. He is the only director that looks capable of replacing Stanley Kubrick. From 'Boogie Nights' (depressing in a highly entertaining way) to 'There Will Be Blood' (gripping from start to finish) he combines incredible acting, technical brilliance along with an amazing soundtrack to make every film he makes, a joy to behold.
Criminally ignored by the Academy for Best Picture (although it was nominated in 3 of the acting categories), this opus takes you through the creation of a new religious movement. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is exhilarating in the title role. Joaquin Phoenix is wonderful in his acting return. Drink it in, like a fine wine (available in the lobby also) and relish it.
Wreck it Ralph
After a golden era in the 90's (Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin), Disney Animated Classics went through a rough patch when they were anything but. But Wreck-It-Ralph is a wonderful return to form. When a video-game villain gets tired of being evil, he seeks out new opportunities. It is a rare movie that can appeal to nearly everyone that watches it. But it is so good-natured and funny, that even video-game haters will find something to enjoy.
But if you like playing games, it shifts into must-see territory with tons of visual sight gags, hidden references and fun innuendos. Rich Moore, the director, is a veteran animator and writer on the Simpsons (classic episodes) and Futurama and his level of skill and creativity really shine through. If you have kids it is almost neglectful not to take them.
Very, very few movies get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Typically a miffed critic who didn't get invited to the premiere gets upset and gives a great movie a mediocre review just so he can gain some pathetic reputation as a harsh critic. Or they are going through a divorce/life event and not in a good place. But 'Sound City' is the exception where everyone loves it.
Sound City is the greatest unsung recording studio that housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, top bands and artists all came out to make use of the legendary studio. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) has accomplished something great with this debut documentary. Featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City gathers some of rock's biggest artists to collaborate on a new album.
And here are some other things coming up:
Parkway Family Classics—this week, we’re showing Stuart Little on Friday at 4PM and Saturday at 11AM. Fun for the whole family.
Midnight Specials—check the calendar for info about Burlesque on Saturday night and Point Break on Friday and Saturday nights.
Spectrum Queer Cinema—On Sunday at 3PM, SQC presents their quarterly LGBTQ short film festival program, America’s Most Unwanted and sQm shorts.
Thrillville—THRILLVILLE THEATER presents THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970) with your guest hostess, MISERY ANN MAYHEM! Don't miss this sexy, sanguinary lesbian vampire classic from legendary Hammer Studios that offers bloody adult fun - no timid "Twilight" teens in sight. Ingrid Pitt rules! Sunday at 6:30PM.
Baby Brigade—Monday at 4:30 and 6:30PM. Don’t let your babies come alone to the New Parkway. Go along for the ride and have yourself some beer.
2 for 1 Wednesdays—as if $6 was not cheap enough, load up the minivan and bring the whole frickin’ family for under $20.
Parkway Classics— Will the Thrill's PARKWAY CLASSICS presents VALLEY GIRL (1983)
OMG, remember when Nicolas Cage was like totally bitchin'? This all-time 80s classic co-starring Deborah Foreman will remind you - it's the ultimate urban street punker-suburban mall princess romance, with a killer New Wave soundtrack highlighted by "Melt With You" by Modern English.
And we’ve got free car parking, free bike parking, free smiles, and more! Find all of the info at http://www.thenewparkway.com.
See you at the movies!