MV 4 Entertainment / Mystic Luxury Cinemas
Blog # 26
SEPT 2, 2016
Written By Harold L Blank, Cinema co-Owner and Programmer of Film.
………MYSTIC LUXURY CINEMAS will institute commencing TUESDAY SEPT 6 an new exciting EARLY BIRD DISOCUNT POLICY with ALL SEATS BEFORE NOON only $6.00 for all movies. We will continue to offer AM matinees of shows playing and of some movies with one AM showtime only. It is a way in which we can bring to the region smaller movies that do have local interest.
We continue with our reserved seating policy which is receiving positive commentary especially on shows that sell out. It provides all the opportunity to sit together.
We continue to support local businesses as we serve Jonathon Edwards wine and recently added in BEER’D brews on tap.
Heading into LABOR DAY we will bring in a few movies with something for everyone. We open the indie comedy DON’T THINK TWICE (96% fresh on RT) Thursday eve at 6:40PM for advance showing (see letter from the filmmaker below) ; from the critically acclaimed best selling novel adaptation THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS starring Academy Award Winner ALICIA VIKANDER and MICHAEL FASSBENDER; and for the families we will open for matinees only the critically acclaimed animated feature KUBO and the TWO STRINGS. ...And we continue with HELL OR HGH WATER, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS and INDIGNATION
On September 8 we open at 7PM for an advance premier SULLY starring Tom Hanks. This is the story behind the miracle on the Hudson when a US AIR flight needed to land to prevent a disaster. It is the story of the investigation by the NTB into the accident.
Don’t Think Twice by writer/director Mike Birbiglia
A few years ago my wife Jen came to one of my improv shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and made this observation:
“Everyone onstage is equally brilliant, but somehow that person is a movie star and that person is on SNL and that guy lives on an air mattress in Queens.”
I remember thinking “Not only is that an astute observation about the unfairness of life, but it’s also a movie.” I could see the whole film. A Big Chill-esque ensemble comedy set in the world of an improv theater that has just lost its lease. A group of best friends in their 30s confronting the idea that not everyone is gonna make it after all. And to me, improv is a great metaphor for life. The basic rules of improv are:
1. Say yes.
2. It’s all about the group.
3. Don’t think.
These, to me, are principles that have helped me in being a filmmaker, an artist, a parent, and a husband. So that was the jumping off point.
And then, to be honest with you, part of the reason I made the film was that it was a film I wanted to see. I feel like comedies with true drama are something of a lost art form I fell in love with films like Hannah and Her Sisters, Broadcast News, Almost Famous, and Bob & Carol and Ted and Alice. I was asked by my producers to come up with some more recent references, but there aren’t a lot. Beautiful Girls?
Anyway, when I go to the movies I want to laugh and cry and laugh and cry and then think and talk with my wife about it for a week—or a month—or for the rest of our lives. To me that’s what separates film from TV. As filmmakers we try to introduce characters, place you in their shoes as they struggle, and reach some sense of resolution. All within 90 minutes or so.
Not easy, but we took a stab at it.
Which is why I’d urge you to see the film in the theater. To laugh with strangers. To cry with strangers. Maybe bring a few friends and go out afterwards to talk about how your group of friends has aged through the years. How you feel like there are things in life that you feel like you deserve more of, or less of. If anything, it’ll be a great jumping off point for a discussion.
Life isn’t fair, but it is funny.
We thank all for their patronage and SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES.