a weekend of reruns

What do you do when there is absolutely no new quality movie fare in the theaters? I guess stay home and pout... or go see some old quality movie fare.

I was intrigued by my friend Pistola's raves on South Minneapolis's Riverview Theater (as well as a great review in City Pages), so Captain Crash and I took a leisurely drive along the Mississippi and checked it out.

Guess what... I have a new favorite theater.

The Riverview has:
  • one screen with over 700 seats
  • a huge, comfy lobby with 60's mod decor and cozy living-room furniture
  • popcorn with real butter
  • and best of all, admission tops out at $3.
Unlike many other single-screen theaters, they don't limit themselves to one show; the Riverview plays at least three different movies per day (five on the weekends). Friday night at 9:00, they were showing Into the Wild; we had initially loved that one, so we decided to see it again.

It was even better the second time, people. The run time is almost 2 1/2 hours long, but it flies right by. Into the Wild is a heartbreaking story, and just like ten years ago with Titanic, we all know how it's going to end... but that doesn't diminish a thing. Big kudos to Sean Penn for crafting this story in such an intense and affecting way. There were countless mind-blowing performances; Hal Holbrook absolutely deserves his nomination, but the Academy could have shown some love for Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden... The list goes on. At the top of the list, though, should have been Emile Hirsch for his subtle and complex work in the lead role. His heartbreak is devastating at the end of the story, when he makes a vital realization (which ultimately comes too late.) And, hey, if anyone feels like sending an I-deeply-love-Nayana present, that Eddie Vedder soundtrack is boss.

Saturday it would have been my sixth wedding anniversary with the former Mr. Anthony... but just to show you what mature and well-adjusted people we are, Greg and I went to lunch and then caught Juno at the Heights. (In case anyone wonders, this is my third Juno viewing. And, yes, it still kicks ass.) Greg does not have anywhere near my enthusiasm for good film, and he was about to waste his cash on Fool's Gold. I just couldn't let him do it, folks. Even if he did stomp mercilessly on my heart and break it into a million pieces (just kidding, Greg, you know momma loves ya), no one deserves to sit through that drek. He also mentioned a desire to see Untraceable. Ugh. Looks like I'll have to nip that one in the bud, and drag him to see a real thriller, like No Country For Old Men.

Juno is comedy of the highest quality. And I've officially decided that I'm ok with all the weird lingo in the beginning of the movie that seemed to irk so many people. In fact, the offbeat dialogue may actually be one of the biggest reasons I liked the movie. There's nothing wrong with expressing old, common experiences in a new, uncommon way. I am still firmly a massive Diablo Cody fan.

So that was it for this weekend. This week, I'm going to try to finally tackle The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Roman Holiday, Sabrina (the original with Audrey Hepburn), and whatever looks good on TCM.

P.S. I'm crossing my fingers on that writers' strike thing, people. It looks like we may actually have a deal... so Oscars as usual? (oh please oh please)
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5 Response to "a weekend of reruns"

  1. Anonymous Says:
    February 11, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    wow you see lots of movies with captain crash
    I am sorry greg hurt you but I'm so glad you two are getting along so well thats the way it should be!!!Plus I like having my friends come to my house and have a drink with me andhang out and stuff!!
    You make me want to see Juno!!!
    lots of love sylvia hehe

  2. Daniel G. says:
    February 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Totally agree with you about the Riverview and Heights, totally still disagree with you about Juno. No worries - it would be boring if everyone had the same taste. And we'd both be out of "business."

    I hope you like Jesse James...

    Check out the Parkway Theater, too, if you haven't. They recently renovated it - I haven't been there since last fall, but it's a great theater.

  3. Nayana Anthony says:
    February 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Sylvia... Greg and I also love going to your place... as long as you keep us liquored up! j/k

    Daniel... We are so lucky to live in such a great city with such fabulous theaters. I didn't grow up in Minnesota, but I have absolutely fallen in love with it, and will probably never leave. I have to check out the Parkway. It is definitely on my list.

  4. Pat says:
    February 13, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    The Riverview sounds great - I wish there more theatres still around like that. I live in the land of multiplexes.

  5. Nayana Anthony says:
    February 14, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    The Riverview IS great... but it will probably be packed to the rafters tonight. So I'll be heading to the multiplex too.

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