Another recently discovered photo of one of the two beloved movie palaces in my hometown of Mount Vernon, New York. This theater played to three levels of seats and the most glorious smoker's lounge. I know that because that's where my mother would park from time to time.
This one was the first to meet the wrecking ball in favor of a parking garage. But I still recall it fondly as it provided air conditioning on hot summer days or a Christmas-decorated lobby in December.
Yep, all you find these days are antiseptic multiplexes featuring tons of junk. The holidays are upon us. Let's see what "gifts" Hollywood is providing this year. You know the drill. I'll sift through the movie pages of the LA Times and give you my gut reaction to what is being unloaded on us.
Hmmm. I wonder where "Flight Command" is playing.
Arrival: Blog review coming. It's a sci-fi film, but prepare not to be scared.
Moonlight: Another blog review coming. Not what I expected.
Doctor Strange: One more comic book I never read.
The Accountant: Ben Affleck stars? Audit to come.
Loving: Inter-racial romantic drama. Is this any different from the story we have seen hundreds of other times?
Hacksaw Ridge: Didn't he pitch for the 1932 St. Louis Cardinals?
Gimme Danger: Any relation to Carlos Danger?
The Handmaiden: Fancy name for a manicurist.
Almost Christmas: The now annual comedy about a dysfunctional family trying to celebrate the holidays. Please make them stop.
Inferno: Ron Howard has bombed again at the box office. Sad to say that.
Trolls: Allegedly Donald Trump voters.
Jack Reacher - Never Go Back: Tom Cruise Stars - Never Go Back.
The Love Witch: Somehow that's doesn't trip off Jack Jones' tongue like the theme from "The Love Boat."
Elle: Isabelle Huppert as the head of a video game company who is attacked in her own home. Interested? I didn't think so.
Manchester By The Sea: Casey Affleck as a Boston janitor with a past. What did he do? Steal Swifter refills?
Love Is All You Need?: I see the question mark. I note the irony.
Hunter Gatherer: Without even seeing the log line, I'm not interested.
Life on the Line: Electrical linemen in Texas keep the grid running during a storm. John Travolta stars and that doesn't get a charge out of me.
Nobody Walks in LA: True.
Nocturnal Animals: Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a couple whose lives take a dark turn when he writes a novel. When Kindles attack.
The Take: A CIA agent teams with an American pickpocket in Paris. Solution: don't take out your wallet at all.
A Street Cat Named Bob: I'm allergic.
Bleed for This: Miles Teller in a biopic about a boxer who severed his spine in a car accident and then battles back to reclaim his title. At what point in the script does he start to chase chickens around a coop?
The Edge of Seventeen: A teenage girl discovers her older brother is dating her best friend. What does Jughead think about all this?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Author JK Rowling tries to prove that she can write something without a wand. Eddie Redmayne plays a magizoologist...whatever the hell that is.
Shut In: Let me guess.
Dinner last night: Asian chopped salad.