If you want some live music, good movies, and some good ol' Southern brunch, then head to Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema for their new Country Brunchin' series.
Every first weekend of the month, there will be a pre-show performance followed by a movie screening. Choose from an array of Southern dishes that will make your mouth water and have you thinking you're a lot further south than Brooklyn!
The weekend series starts this Saturday with tunes from The Gentleman Callers followed by a screening of Smokey and the Bandit. Take your seats at 11:30am for a fun-filled day of car chases, 60s era country classics, and a big pile of chicken fried steaks and Coors to get you going. Put some south in your mouth and enjoy the show!
Tickets are $16 and can be purchased here.
For most of us, the Avengers premiered with a bang at midnight today. It was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Not only is it an action film starring superheroes, but it ties together at least 5 films and a ton of characters into one movie. Fans of the comics and newcomers alike were also dying to see whether Joss Whedon’s touch would make the film a hit or a dud. The polarizing Buffy, Firefly, and Cabin in the Woods creator definitely drew a crowd. Midnight premieres across the country were packed with fans waiting to see the film. Some wore t-shirts and accessorized according to their favorite Avengers character. Others went for full costumes.
Move over Siri, the future of the slightly creepy interactive robots just got a lot more handsome. Prometheus, the prequel film that’s getting a lot of well-deserved buzz just released a few viral videos featuring David, the latest in android innovation. He’s intelligent, capable of taking on tasks human beings cannot, and bears a striking resemblance to Magneto. Like all movies featuring robots built with a lot of power, David, as played by Michael Fassbender is a little frightening for reasons that are hard to put into words.
That is to say, David is a little too trustworthy, capable, and handsome. Certain movies have taught us one thing--the trustworthy robot designed to understand humans is going to kill us. The great thing about this film teaser is that David himself is a prototype for the very same type of android that taught us to not trust human-like robots. Alien and Aliens are classic sci-fi films that prominently featured androids that made two very different moral choices. One, featured heavily in the first film, puts the entire crew in danger. The second, generations older, and featured heavily in Aliens, saves the lives of the main characters. David is perhaps the great grandfather of them all. He is the first of his kind and given what we already know about the Alien franchise that can either spell disaster or make him a valuable ally.
So ladies of New York, how was your Valentine's Day?
No other "holiday" can instantaneously turn single ladies into either Lovestruck Lucys...or the latest member to join Junk Foodies Anonymous. Why though? Surely there are plenty that are neither of the two! Who says every woman that went out last night had a good time? (I myself have a significant other, but we really didn't have the time to do much except share a Subway sandwich.) And who says the ones who didn't was curled up in her room, miserably crying over A Walk to Remember while worshipping a human shrine made of gum a la Helga Pataki?
Last month, New York Times Magazine gathered the year's best film performers to create a short series of beautifully chilling videos directed by Alex Prager called A Touch Of Evil. Killers, crooks and crazies are just a few of the villianous archetypes that were selected and portrayed by our favorite actors. (Watch the whole series here.)
There's Brad Pitt as the madman, where he says he was channeling ‘‘Peter Lorre — with a dose of Kramer.’’ He was praised last year for Moneyball and The Tree of Life. Mia Wasikowska becomes and axe-weilding home wrecker reminiscent of The Shining. Her best performances include Albert Nobbs, Jane Eyre and Restless. Rooney Mara, leading "lady" in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, dresses as the sociopathic Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Gary Oldman imitates a creepy ventriloquist dummy in his spooky spot. Quite a different role from his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
If you're as big of a nerd as I am (and I'm sure you are) you've been waiting for The Hobbit to be released since the last Lord of the Rings hit theaters a thousand years ago. Actually, 8 years ago, but it feels like a thousand years ago. Well, it's here! After plenty of studio bickering and several finanical setbacks that plagued the film in the early stages, we finally get a glimpse of Bilbo Baggins' adventures to the Lonely Mountain with all our favorite LOTR characters; including Legolas, Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum et al.
Unfortunately for all us, we're going to have to wait another year, as the film will not be released in theaters until December 14, 2012. So, in the meantime, I guess you'll just have to watch the trailer on repeat and play with your action figures.
As we enter awards season, audiences want to strip away artifice, tear down walls, and watch powerful dramas, rife with depth and emotion.
At least that's what studios seem to think.
When weather gets colder, so do the films. But comedy doesn't have to die just because red carpets are around the corner. So before you're fully surrounded by sadness and decay, consider going out -- or staying in -- for a laugh. Joonbug has compiled the top 5 comedies of 2011, and all are available for viewing right now.
Maybe a more appropriate area to be associated with wealth hoarding is Hollywood, rather than New York's financial district. Last year, just six major movie studios (Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures) dominated 85% of the US & Canadian Market. It’s time to occupy some alternative spaces and show a little love to our independent filmmakers, festivals and theaters.
The 10th Annual Miami Short Film Festival takes place this week, November 13th - 19th. This is South Florida’s only short film festival with a mission to present quality films from around the world…under 30 minutes. Great idea, considering America’s declining attention span. The festival hosts a variety of seminars and short films, with shows generally starting at 7:30 PM at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. Here are some films to look forward to [full schedule here]:
11/14: The Glorious Crew featuring God of Love directed by Luke Matheny and last year’s winner at the Academy Awards plus the animated Chicory 'N' Coffee directed by Dušan Kastelic; winner of over twenty awards at international film festivals.
11/15: Breaking Glass featuring The Dude directed by Jeff Feuerzeig; a documentary about Jeff Doud, the real life prototype of the Dude, immortalized by the Cohen Brothers in the Big Lebowski followed by Our Secret Lives.
If you forgot your smuggling supplies, and you don't know how you're going to survive the newest Bradley Cooper rom-com, fear no more. You might just be able to numb the pain by tossing back a beer.
A new state law will allow movie theaters to serve alcohol -- as long they "have table seating and a full restaurant menu selection."
The law will allow more venues to offer dinner and a movie with a legitimate alcohol license, and will allow theaters like Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema and Greenwich Village's Angelika Film Center to add alcohol to their cafe menus. But big name cinemas like AMC are also tapping the keg -- they already serve alcohol in New Jersey, and are quickly readying themselves to make their New York locations booze-friendly.
Most New Yorkers only have one question about stars: does Lindsay Lohan count? The answer is no. But for every half-baked celebrity sprawled on the Meatpacking District’s cobblestones, there are plenty of constellations begging for your attention. And with the last days of summer approaching, outdoor romancing is at a premium. The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York hosts free events throughout the year, and has been kind enough to list some of their favorite stargazing spots.