Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Horse and a Giraffe Walk Into a Small Bar...

And they catch a movie. No joke. Well, maybe the part about the horse. And the giraffe. The rest is true and increasingly popular here in New York where one can visit places such as Nitehawk in Williamsburg or ReRun in Dumbo and live the joke. Both venues seem to offer wildly different experiences however, given that Nitehawk expects to converge the dining experience with the moviegoing experience in one simultaneous action.
I have only been to ReRun, where the experience is more akin to having crashed onto a drive-in: the seats in the theater are actual vintage car seats. The bar is jovial, the beer selection is diverse and their gin and tonic packs a punch. Yet, the movies are the point. ReRun has been open for what is going to be this month, one year. I was happily introduced to the theater when going to see "Loveless", a film by Ramin Serry, who when I went to Hunter College taught me all I care to learn in screenwriting class then and now.
"Loveless" is his second film, and I considered it quite good in that it is a film that does not struggle to stay within genre boundaries and yet flirts with various conventions. I remember reading, and surprisingly enough entertaining the argument that the film calls to mind a conception of New York familiar to us in the other films such as Polansky's "Rosemary's Baby". "Loveless" is of course not a full-blown suspense, and it doesn't thrive off from the hauntings of a city, of a 'baroque' architecture seen as disjointed landscapes. The New York of "Loveless" is haunted enough though, as are the people who move from landscape to landscape, and it is to the film's merit that the haunting never turns uneasy. Strange events occur, suspenseful even, and fearful responses are given to those events but there is so much aimlessness, so much hovering around what happens that all boundaries are kept defined and unperturbed.

As it happens, the film is playing again at ReRun, as part of its anniversary week called ReRun RERUNS, which begins this friday the 26th of this month.
Take a look at the program, which offers films that share a theme every day of next week. I highly suggest you check it out.

If any of the movies playing next week's anniversary shows (programmed to be screenings of favorite films shown at ReRun this past year) do not do the trick, I still suggest you check out the theater any other time. As a personal anecdote, I saw the wonderful "Lord Byron", one of my favorite films of this year so far at ReRun and I don't think it'll be available in any format soon.


  1. Is this spam?

    Do Nick and Gabe know that you are using this blog to advertise bars in New York?

  2. Yes we do. It's all part of cinephilia. Milton's our new blogger.