Dear New Parkway Lover:
We’ve got some real quality flicks coming our way this week. No joshing! Adam will tell you more about the new features shortly, but here are some of the other highlights:
· Even though it’s not on the calendar yet, we’ll be showing some of the Golden State Warriors’ playoff games this upcoming week (link here soon). Game times will be announced tomorrow so we’ll juggle a few things then. We can’t promise that we’ll show all the games but if the people come, we will build it. And we’ll build it big!
· Filmmaker in the house alert! We’ve got a second showing of The Battle for Brooklyn on Saturday at 4:45 with a Q&A following the show.
· After three great weeks, we’ve got two last showings on Saturday and Sunday of Side Effects. This is worth seeing and there’s no better place to see it than at the New Parkway. Come on out!
· In case you celebrate all things 4/20, the New Parkway is the perfect after party or pre-party with the worldwide debut of Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie both Friday and Saturday nights. Chong even talked about the premier at the New Parkway on the radio. Maybe he’ll even show up. If not in real life, you might imagine both Cheech and Chong in attendance under the right influence. Sorry, absolutely no smoking allowed at the New Parkway Theater.
· If you prefer the real life to the animated, come on out for burlesque on Saturday night. Fear not, there’s a grassy theme for the nudie dudies you’ll be laying eyes on for our monthly visit with Sequinsomnia.
· Just in case everything was feeling too naughty with Spring Breakers, Cheech and Chong, and burlesque, we’ve got the Sound of Music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to balance things out. Come with the family. Come sing songs.
· Paris will burn on Sunday afternoon as part of Spectrum Queer Media’s Sunday matinee (link here soon). What better way to enjoy the afternoon than with Paris is Burning!?!
· We’ve got two very important films on Monday and Tuesday nights. We’ll be showing one of the nominees for the Best Foreign Film, War Witch, on Monday as part of our Foreign Cinema night, and everyone should learn more about the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You’ll also want to check out Fierce Green Fire about environmentalism and activism on Tuesday. Both are over 95% on Rotten Tomatoes (link here soon)!
· We’ve got great café activities happening weeknights including beer tasting, live music, team trivia, art-making, and board games. And it’s almost all free. Come have a beer with us, have fun, and build community.
Again, just a reminder to check our calendar regularly to see if the Warriors are bumping any of the currently scheduled features. And another reminder that if you’d like to have a great party at the New Parkway, and can get at least 40 friends to come with you, you should apply for one of our Sunday nights.
Here’s what Adam has to say about our features:
Very exciting line-up this week. Before the summer movie season kicks off you have a great opportunity to catch up on one of the best movies of last year and one of the most exciting movies of this year. And they could not be more different. You get to see the loss of Disney innocence (always the best innocence to lose) due to James Franco's dubious means and a sweet, romantic comedy that deals with mental health issues. Both are well worth watching and definitely worth a trip to the New Parkway.
Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell is an interesting filmmaker. And quite a passionate person. Past history includes getting into a fistfight with George Clooney and yelling angrily at Lily Tomlin which subsequently leaked on to YouTube. But you can't deny his talent. 'Flirting with Disaster' is one of my favorite movies ever. 'Three Kings' and 'The Fighter' feature gripping stories and outstanding acting. 'I Heart Huckabees'- eh. Not much to say about that movie because I am still confused. Thankfully, 'Silver Linings Playbook' absolutely belongs in the upper echelon of Russell's movies.
This is Bradley Cooper in his finest role yet. Daniel Day Lewis was outstanding in 'Lincoln'. But he must have been feeling slightly nervous before his name was called out because Cooper is a revelation here. He is in excellent company with Jennifer Lawrence who probably deserved the Oscar more for 'Winter's Bone' but is wonderful here too. You would hardly think mixing mental health and football into a romantic comedy would ever work but it really does. Robert De Niro also gives a performance that makes you angry at his time-wasting in bad movies over the last ten years.
I am big fan of the Guardian Film podcast (UK based newspaper). They take great relish in discussing movies before ripping them uniformly to shreds. No matter how highly regarded it is by the mainstream press, they will find fault and point out plot holes and inadequate (in their view) story development. Imagine my shock when asked for their favorite movie of the year so far, 'Spring Breakers' featured prominently on the list. Shock registered because of the storyline. The film follows four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order to pay for their spring break. Hardly Pulitzer Prize material.
But Harmony Korine's fast-paced crime thriller transcends normal expectations and delivers a thoroughly entertaining film. It features Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez in debaucherous form that probably has their old Disney paymasters blushing. Korine's story is a 'searing indictment of today's hedonistic, nihilistic youth, and his script is loaded with sharp, telling dialogue that exposes the rotten moral cores of its characters' (Toronto Star). James Franco is delightful in full 'Drexl' mode as a charismatic drug dealer.
And now for more information about our repertory and special events programming:
New Parkway Family Classics—This week we’re showing THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s the Sound of Music! Enough said!
Spectrum Queer Cinema—SPECTRUM Queer Media.com presents PARIS IS BURNING (link here soon!). You know it. You love it. And you’ll mark your calendars to be there and/or to be queer.
Thrillville—on Sunday at 6PM, THRILLVILLE THEATER presents STARCRASH (1978) hosted by Lord Blood-Rah and the Cave Girls from Creepy KOFY Movie Time! The incredible Caroline Munro stars in this infamous "Star Wars" rip-off from legendary schlockmeister, Roger Corman. Cheap sci-fi thrills, psychedelic and psychotronic, '70s exploitation style!
Baby Brigade—We’ve got SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK two times on Monday, at both 4:30 and 6:30. So come out to watch a great movie with baby in tow.
Foreign Cinema—Monday we’re showing one of 2012’s best films, WAR WITCH (link here soon!), about the Democratic Republic of Congo, about war and children soldiers, and about albinism. If you’ve not taken your vitamins in April, or even if you have and you want to make your brain healthier, this is a flick to catch.
Doc Night—We’ve got the fiercely-loved A FIERCE GREEN FIRE (link here soon) for Doc Night on Tuesday night. It’s by the director of Berkeley in the Sixties—great movie—and is narrated by the smart, committed, and foxy quintet of Isabel Allende, Robert Redford, Van Jones, Meryl Streep, and Ashley Judd. That’s a good Tuesday night!
2 for 1 Wednesdays—Spoiler Alert! Unless attendance picks up, 2 for 1 Wednesday is going to go away and we’re going to do other more expensive things that night. Here’s the info about our current Wednesday: All day Wednesday, 2 for 1 admission prices with movies starting at 3:30. Happy Hour drinks from 5-7PM followed by arts and crafts projects in the café that you can do with your buzz on.
Parkway Classics—Will the Thrill's PARKWAY CLASSICS presents DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993) (link here soon). Richard Linklater's celebrated 1970s answer to "American Graffiti" is a hilarious yet oddly touching time capsule of the classic pet rock era, also told via intersecting episodes over the course of one memorable night. Features an amazing ensemble cast including young Milla Jovovich and Matthew McConaughey. Quentin Tarantino has called it his favorite film of the 90s.
Thanks for your continued and growing support of the New Parkway Theater. We hope to see you soon!