Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ready link one

So here's an editorial Lynn shared with our filmgoing group on Facebook, in which the author eulogizes the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas as a place that brought the Upper West Side community (of Manhattan, that is) together socially. He wants to keep the art-house theater alive, which I agree with, but he suspects the affluent boomers west of Central Park won't bother going to the Angelika or the IFC or the Film Forum because they "notoriously do not go below 59th street [sic] and certainly not below 14th."

I was going to write about how contradictory this attitude is (these people can afford to take an Uber to Houston Street), but then I thought about the Kew Gardens Cinemas here in Queens, and how I'd feel if it went out of business. Like the Lincoln, it specializes in independent cinema for an older, tasteful audience. I don't live in Kew Gardens, but I live close enough to it that I feel like that theater is "mine," in a sense.

Still, I'm a crazy movie fan who will go anywhere for a movie, so I'm the exception. For a quiet, off-the-beaten-path neighborhood like Kew Gardens, I'm convinced the author's statement is much more true. MOMI screens indie films, of course, but really, the Kew is the place in all of Queens for indie cinema (they have more screens, for one thing), and I can totally see the neighborhood there turn to Netflix in the absence of the Kew much more than the UWS, who still have multiple options (relatively) close at hand, unlike Kew Gardens.

So maybe I am challenging the UWS attitude after all. The closing of the Lincoln is a great tragedy, but they were not the only game in town. I understand the loss of the social atmosphere, but UWS residents aren't the only ones who love indie films, and if they were to take that trip downtown (Google Maps estimates it takes 27 minutes to drive from the site of the Lincoln to the Angelika), they might meet some more.


I saw The Shape of Water a second time last month, with Sandi. She pointed out something I didn't realize (mild spoiler alert, I guess): the musical sequence late in the movie is an anachronism: the dance is a homage to an Astaire/Rogers movie (I forget which) from the 30s, but the song is from the 40s. You probably knew that already, but I didn't, so let me have this moment, okay?


Still time to get in on the Time Travel Blogathon with Ruth and me next weekend. We've got a terrific lineup of films on tap, so I'm looking forward to this one a lot.

The Queens World Film Festival is this month; if you're in town, do yourself a favor and stop by for a night or two if you can.

Links after the jump.

Raquel hits 1000 posts and has a new look!

Jacqueline checks out a silent Joan Crawford twin bill.

Marsha campaigns for Buster Keaton for president.

Fritzie discusses early black auteur Oscar Micheaux and his best-known film.

FlixChatter Ruth talks about the influences in her short film Hearts Want (includes a teaser of the film).

Silver Screenings Ruth reviews a book about how Hollywood has gotten Canada wrong.

Patrons remember the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

By contrast, here's a look at New York art house theaters, then and now.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Black Panther.

A new book discusses how Ronald and Nancy Reagan used and shaped Hollywood culture during their time in the White House.

One moviegoer's favorite theaters.

Those commercials on vintage TV stations can be kinda morbid if you're not in their demographic.

What if Gene Roddenberry created Netflix?


  1. Thanks for the link re: Canadian Stereotypes and – of course – for the Time Travel Blogathon. I can't wait!

  2. I figured those stereotypes must have come from somewhere; I didn't realize they came from Hollywood... though that's probably not very surprising, eh? :-p

  3. Cheers Rich, appreciate the mention. It's perhaps my most personal blog post :-)

  4. I believe it.

    The teaser looks pretty good. Hope the film lives up to it.


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