Dear New Parkway Lover:
Big week at the New Parkway with 14 different movies over forty some-odd showtimes. If you’ve not made it out to the theater, this is your chance. We’ve got classic, weird, award-winning, political, horror, adventurous, and musical offerings, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the highlights:
Tomorrow is the start of SF Beer Week and we’re featuring four special Speakeasy beers and showing The Public Enemy. Tickets available at the door and online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/330903.
At midnight tomorrow and Saturday, we’re partnering with the Spinning Platters to present Stop Making Sense. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/330946
We’re kicking off our monthly Korean film series, Oppa Oakland Style, on Sunday with both a showing of The Host and a pre-film party (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/325650). The Host shows again on Monday night.
A handful of showings of the stunning and important 5 Broken Cameras.
Another installment of the ever-popular Brooklyn Reconstructed documentary series, this time presenting Zipper: http://bkoak2.eventbrite.com/
A new copy of Searching for Sugar Man, so we won’t have the skipping and sound problems that some showings had last week. Sorry! Come back to see it again!
And lastly, we’ve got a special Valentine’s Day dinner and showing of Roman Holiday (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/332894). For those more interested in quirky love stories, we’ll also be showing Harold and Maude that night.
Here’s what Adam has to say about our features:
I told you it was the final week for 'Life of Pi' and I wasn't lying. We have three succulent new movies for you to devour this week (Weight Watchers forces you to think of everything in food metaphors). What better way to get over the 49ers soul crushing defeat than to see a movie and move on with your life (of Pi). Or if you are a Raiders fan, what better way to celebrate the 49ers soul-crushing defeat than to see a movie, eat some popcorn and have some celebration beers. Or if you hate football, it's the best time of the year for you now so time to celebrate.
Many, many people have issues with Tom Cruise. Yes, he jumped on Oprah's couch like a pygmy on mushrooms. Yes, he shoved Scientology down our throats and kept Katie Holmes in captivity for a number of years. But dammit, it's Tom Cruise. The man has talent and usually picks his action roles extremely well. 'Collateral' was masterful. 'War of the Worlds' and 'Minority Report' were thoroughly entertaining. Even 'Top Gun' and some of the Mission Impossible movies (the second was laughable) were a lot of fun.
He is back in the debut movie of the very popular 'Jack Reacher' novel series. It is directed by the writer of 'The Usual Suspects’. I have a feeling Christopher McQuarrie will be able to coast on that for a long time. So if you are looking for a smart, fun action movie, this is probably going to be it until the summer. This won't change your life (unless you are bewitched by Cruise's dazzling smile and join Scientology) but it is fun. What more do you need?
The long awaited return of the director (Gus Van Sant) and star (Matt Damon) of 'Good Will Hunting'. Not sure who was waiting for it but they are a talented pair and they made a movie together. Written by Damon and John Krasinski (Jim from 'The Office'), this tightly written drama focuses on the issue of 'fracking' and its impact on a local town. Despite wide rumors, fracking isn't sneaky cursing by adding an 'f' before verbs. Frunning and the likes. It is a new type of method to drill for oil and gas.
Does it cause local damage? If so, does the benefit to the local economy make it worth it? All will be revealed when you go and see 'Promised Land'. As an added bonus, Frances McDormand co-stars. Fortunately for you, California Prop 98A states that if Frances McDormand stars in a movie, you are obligated to see it. These propositions are getting out of control but this is one I quite like. Along with the one that gave chickens enough space to turn their heads. That felt like a good move on our part.
Beware of Mr. Baker
Hands up. Anyone know who Ginger Baker is? I didn't. Anyone know the band 'Cream' (if you were born after 1980 I have my doubts)? Ginger Baker was the legendary drummer of the rock group 'Cream' in the late 60's. This no-holds-barred account lets the man himself tell his own story. Suffering from a decades long heroin habit, it is no surprise that he is not welcome in certain quarters of the music industry.
Do you long for a time when rock music was king (Simon Cowell was probably being beaten up in an English playground), rock stars were actually edgy (not sure what Lady Gaga was going for but she got boring fast) and rock parties were actually fun? You can re-live it through this excellent documentary (97% on Rotten Tomatoes). So turn off 'American Idol' and go and watch a time when music actually changed the world (texting in your 'American Idol' winner comes close though).
Searching for Sugar Man
Not sure if you know who Rodriguez is. You may be more up to date on music than I am. 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. But Beware Mr Baker has 1% extra on Rotten Tomatoes so it wins if you are conflicted.
In addition to all of this, we’ve got…
Parkway Family Classics—this week, we’re showing Chicken Run on Friday at 4PM and Saturday at 11AM. Fun for the whole family.
Spectrum Queer Cinema—On Sunday at 3PM, SQC presentes "Two Spirits" (2011) AND Digital Shorts from the Native American Health Center’s Digital Storytelling Project. Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Advance tickets at: http://spectrumfilm022013.eventbrite.com/
Thrillville is Back—after a one week break for the Super Bowl, Thrillville is back with the Bride of Frankenstein. Local horror host Lord Blood-Rah of Nerve -Wrackin' Theater presents this Universal horror classic starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lancaster, along with a special B movie trailer reel, trivia, prizes and more! Don't miss this classic creature feature, old school style!' Sunday at 6PM.
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—Harold and Maude. Need we say more? Will the Thrill's PARKWAY CLASSICS presents HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) on Thursday night. Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort are the winter-spring lovers in Hal Ashby's timeless, touching, twisted tale of true romance - one of the funniest black comedies ever made. Happy Valentine's Day!
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!