Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Schedule June 14-20, 2013

Hi All,

We have some excellent holdovers and a wonderful addition this week. I could gently push you into seeing one of these on Friday but the truth is, you should probably go and see 'Man of Steel'. I have watched the trailers about 245 times. My 3 year-old son has watched the first trailer about 65 times and still gets excited when Superman first lifts off. But you should make it a movie weekend and go and see one of the Parkway movies on Saturday. Or avoid the terrible crowds on Friday and see 'Man of Steel' during a quiet matinee on Sunday morning and come to the Parkway on Friday night. We have better beer and appetizers.

Yes. The title is pretty terrible. When this first came out I would suggest it to my wife and each time it was followed up by 'what's that about again?' Some might say that is not a common problem and any person with an ounce of baseball knowledge could instantly tell you the reference to 'Jackie Robinson'. I am not looking for 'The Jackie Robinson Story' as a title but it would have helped. Actually for me it would have needed to be 'The Jackie Robinson Story- This Movie is about Baseball and Race Relations in the 1940's'. 

It is no easy feat to be a movie that inspires and entertains but this movie pulls it off. "42" tells the story of two men-the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey-whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. It is a powerful, compelling story and not to be missed. Moving forward, I will include a special mention if the New Yorker likes it because it happens so rarely. 

The Place Beyond the Pines 
'Blue Valentine' put Derek Cianfrance on the map as a director to watch out for. It was emotional and gripping and his follow up has similar traits but on a much bigger canvas. If you have not seen 'Blue Valentine' and are skeptical about this one, it stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. So even if you are bored senseless throughout this movie (would be almost impossible) you can still just sit back and admire (or despise) their good looks and acting ability.

The movie powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course, which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. The atmosphere, gritty visuals and interesting characters make this film utterly compelling.

From Up on Poppy Hill
Hayao Miyazaki is a genius animator and storyteller with amazing movies such as 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle'. Unfortunately his son directed 'From Up on Poppy Hill' so this movie could have been awful. But it's not. Gorō Miyazaki must have been paying attention on his father's film sets because this is a beautifully made film. It retains the humor and delight that are part of the studio's trademark. 

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times.


SF Doc Fest in Oakland—The New Parkway Theater is thrilled to host SF Doc Fest 2013.  It kicked off last night and we've got lots of phenomenal titles all day today and tomorrow.

Moulin Rouge with Barely Legal—Barely Legal brings us Moulin Rouge tonight at 10:30, with a burlesque twist.  Always a good time!

Party at the Parkway—Join us for our first-ever “Party at the Parkway” tomorrow night at 9PM as we show Charade.  It's a party for people you don't know but you get to come sing and have cake, all for your $6 admission charge.  And they're inviting you to have dinner with them on the mezzanine beforehand.  Cool, huh?  Here's more about them: “We are a group of artists called the San Francisco Correspondence Co-Op and we meet once a month to make mail art, plan for shows, exchange artist stamps, and hatch plans to save the post office. We also like to have parties and need a venue for our 2nd birthday (we launched in May of 2011). We have had tables at a few events (SF Zine Fest and Bizarre Bazaar) where we hosted drives to send fun postcards to the president in order to save the USPS, as well as an event called the perennial postcard project (a collage project done by the public at those events and cut up into postcards later), which we could happily do again. For more about our group, see this blog post by our head postmistress. We are big fans of the New Parkway and think it would be a fabulous way to celebrate our big day. We hope you do too.”

US vs. Honduras Soccer Game—The US men’s national team plays the last of its three June qualifiers on Tuesday night vs. Honduras, and we'll be watching it on the silver screen.  Come see if the US can put up four wins in a row for the first time in ages.  We'll also be showing some Confederations Cup games, still to be announced.

Mix and Match Mondays and Trivia Tuesdays—Check out trivia and all of our café activities.  They're free and open to the public.  And we've got cool prizes and door prizes for those who attend.

Thanks for your continued and growing support of the New Parkway Theater.  We hope to see you soon!


42 (PG-13) 
Fri & Sat: 8:00 PM
Sun: 12:15 PM
Mon: 9:15 PM
Tue: 9:30 PM
Wed: 6:30, 9:30
Thu: 9:30 PM

The Place Beyond the Pines (R) 
Sat: 5:00 PM
Sun & Mon: 9:30 PM
Tue & Wed: 9:15 PM

From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokurikozaka kara) (PG) 
Fri: 6:00 PM
Sat: 2:45 PM
Sun: 12:30 PM
Mon: 4:30 PM
Wed: 7:00 PM

Burn: One Year on the Frontlines of the Battle to Save Detroit (NR) 
Thu: 7:00 PM

Crossing the Line (NR) 
Mon: 7:00 PM

Mr. Right (2006) (NR) 
Sun: 3:00 PM

Moulin Rouge! (PG-13) 
Sat: 10:30 PM

Bottle Rocket (R) 
Thu: 9:15 PM

Cabaret (PG) 
Thu: 6:30 PM

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Incredibly Strange Creatures (NR/USA) 
Fri: 10:45 PM

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (NR) 
Sun: 6:00 PM

Charade (G) 
Sun: 9:00 PM

Honey I Shrunk the Kids (PG) 
Fri: 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:30 PM

The Rep (NR)
Tue: 7:00 PM

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