Nitehawk is a wonderful theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Excellent food and cocktails in addition to interesting movies. It’s my favorite place to see a movie these days.
We went to see Spotlight, described by IMDB as “the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”
While the subject matter is heavy, heartbreaking stuff, the film finds lighter moments by illustrating the camaraderie among journalists. And the cast, including Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and dreamy Liev Schreiber, is excellent – I’ll be shocked if the film doesn’t get a lot of love during award season.
One of my favorite things about life in New York City is the regular availability of really special events. Recently I attended a screening of Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming movie, Camp X-Ray at NYU Law School.
The film is about the relationship that Stewart‘s Army Private First Class develops with longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali, played by Peyman Moaadi.
This is the official trailer:
I saw a few tweets about Stewart and/or the movie being anti-U.S. military. I didn’t take that away from Camp X-Ray at all. On the contrary, I thought the film was sympathetic toward those stationed in places like Gitmo showing the monotony, isolation and challenge of policing the detainees while also keeping them safe.
Of course, Camp X-Ray also reminds viewers of the horrible situation that exists to this day in Guantanamo: detainees held for years without trial and almost certainly without hope of freedom. This is a timely and affecting movie with strong performances across the board. Don’t miss it.
Post-screening, we were treated by discussion with Stewart, Sattler and [an odd] moderator from NYU. It was terrific to hear about the filmmaking process. Less terrific to hear the moderator opine about romantic vibes between Stewart’s and Moaadi’s characters.
Still, excellent film and cool experience. What movie should I see next?
I love Twilight as you probably know, but I still kind of want to check this out.
The Raspberry Brothers have been mocking the Twilight films since they were released, and the crowds have grown into a healthy mix: those who love hating it, those who hate loving it, and those with no mixed emotions- just straight up Twilighters. And they come together for every Raspberry Brothers show, making Twilight into the next Rocky Horror Picture Show, a campy and interactive movie party. Includes a Twilight-inspired cocktail menu- with different beverages for Team Edward and Team Jacob. Come experience the hype…learn for yourself how surprisingly whiny, self-absorbed, but totally hot, vampire teens are. And, here’s a Twilight Lesson for girls: If a boy tells you he is homicidal and addicted to the scent of your blood, he must be the love of your life. Learn this and many other helpful romance tips.