Kurt, what do you think of the Rio?
Very nice theater, they take cinema to loosely though by having some host to introduce the movies almost disrespectfully with a bland trivia game which simply serves as time filler. But I take introductions to seriously, and to merit a spoken introduction; knowledge of the thing being introduced is absolutely essential. Also their choices in films are rather obvious and conservative, but I guess thats the only way they can survive as a buisness.
I’ve had several friends work at the Rio so I’m good with the staff, but my only problem with it is the fact that they charge the same amount of money for normal movies when they’re just playing DVDs. Seriously, $10 to watch Taxi Driver all pixelated? No dice. I did take the opportunity to see Army of Darkness, but mostly because that’s the kind of movie you want to see with 80-100 other people all yelling at the screen.
Oh and I’m with you about the bland trivia games and the introductions. My favorite was when that awful, awful host was introducing Cemetary Man and kept saying Della Dellamorte. “One of my favorite movies, Della Dellamorte!” “I love Della Dellamorte!” “Look at her, she’s so hot in Della Dellamorte!” (for those uninformed, it’s Dellamorte Dellamore. A forgivable mistake unless you are, I don’t know, introducing the film.)
OK, my reason for asking was because I found their conduct disrespectful. At the Clerks + Clerks II showing, the theater owner and her friend gave the spoken intro, and then actually ripped on Kevin Smith for making a sequel. Then to top it off, they each admitted they had no idea what Clerks/Clerks II were. Anyways, their programming is actually most impressive, it just surprises me that they don’t seem to care all that much.
The owner’s name is Watermelon, Adam. Watermelon. WATERMELON.
I think the owner’s name is Corinne Lea. I suppose she could also go by Watermelon for some godforsaken reason.
It’s actually a trio of owners: “Shameless” Corinne Lea, “Mango” Joe Raguero, and Watermelon.
Either way, I have issues with the programming. If you’re going to play a bunch of DVDs, at least respect the audience’s intelligence and either a) play rare, harder to find films or b) cut the price in half, at least. And stop putting together double bills because of tangential connections. Plus the people they get to run those nights are morons who are derisive when they’re put on the spot. I asked them once why they didn’t bring in actual film rather than playing the DVDs. The reply? “Yeah, whatever, we all went to film school too.” Seriously.
Sorry to intrude on your conversation, but… I’m from Vancouver! Well, at least I’m currently residing there (or rather, here) for grad school… I’ve been wanting to meet fellow (international) cinema lovers for a while now in this city. Seeing as how I’m in science, suffice it to say that opportunities to discuss cinema don’t often arise for me unfortunately.
Do any you you Vancouverites ever run across either Stan Douglas or Jeff Wall?
“I asked them once why they didn’t bring in actual film rather than playing the DVDs. The reply? “Yeah, whatever, we all went to film school too.” Seriously.”
You’re not intruding! That is what this thread is for!
I’m in the Rio group on facebook, and subsequently receive at least 1 advertising message from them a day ( more specifically, the owner, Corinne) and so one day I decided to send her a polite message requesting the possibility of a Godard film being screened. I never received a reply and continue to get their stupid advertising messages. This is how grudges begin, but god damnit; Blue Velvet forced me to be vulnerable.
I’m in that group as well, and am bombarded with those ads. However, some of their double features interest me.
Adam, Yeah I don’t know. Something about people who think having prints sent out is pretentious owning a theater irks me. However, I talked to one of the managers yesterday and he said that they get prints every now and again. THEY JUST DON’T ADVERTISE IT. They had one for Dr. Strangelove, and if I had known I would’ve gone. But they didn’t tell me, so I didn’t go.
Kurt, I’m also a subject of their intrusive promotion. Actually, was. I left, but I still check the double features list just in case there’s something I don’t want to miss.
Myra, There’s a distinct absence of film discussion in this city, at least out in the open. Or so I’ve found, anyways.
Josh: Really? :( I’m glad there’s such a thread then!
You guys all seem to be quite film-savvy. Do any of you study film? Or did it develop from a mere interest? I’ve just somewhat recently become more serious (or I guess I should say passionate since it’s turning into a borderline obsession) about cinema and definitely have a lot to learn and see still. I have yet to actually go to the Cinematheque or the Vancity Theatre! I should probably be focusing on my studies a bit more, but blah, too much science is never fun.
For me it just developed from interest. I have contributed much of the last 2 years to discovering as much about cinema as I could. I even went as far as to order a university textbook to study on my own. I hope to eventually major in film studies. I didn’t become a frequenter of the Vancity Theatre until within the last year, and I have lived here my whole life.
Developed from interest. I used to be a Bogart fanatic as a kid, and then I don’t know, something happened and I started devouring as many movies as possible. I aim to be a filmmaker, but we’ll see. I’m more of a diehard Cinematheque fan than Vancity, mostly because Vancity has suffered from programming issues over the last two years, that said, they’ve recently switched programmers and it’s getting a whole lot better.
And maybe I just don’t hang out at the right places, but the last place I found someone to talk to seriously about movies (other than already established friends) was at the magazine rack at Chapters.
I found out about Vancity and the Cinematheque around the same time, it just has happened that all the movies I’ve wanted to see have been at Vancity. There have been a couple at Cinematheque but for one reason or another I’ve always missed out.
Agreed on the serious discussion of film. Thank god for The Auteurs.
Oh man, Cinematheque-wise the Film Noir fest (which I hope they are gearing up to have this August) and the Samurai months were amazing. I think I saw something like 13 films over 8 days at the film noir fest.
However, Vancity has had Touch of Evil, the Godfather I & II and High and Low!
I wonder if other cities even have places to go hang out and argue about movies. It’d be something to look into.
>>Seeing as how I’m in science, suffice it to say that opportunities to discuss cinema don’t often arise for me unfortunately.<<
Hey, Myra, at least you’re in the same city & could actually get together with these people for coffee.
Here I am in Pennsylvania & realizing that I’ve spend the last few months “chatting” with a board comprised entirely – it would seem – of Canadians.
This is what my life has come to …
If it makes you feel better, Harry, at least you get access to all of the stuff on The Auteurs that we don’t.
Also, if I’m ever in Pennsylvania I’m looking you up if only to argue about Hammer. Not that I have any reason to go to Pennsylvania, but it could happen, I guess.
I caught on to the Cinematheque after all that cool stuff, methinks. Sounds absolutely stellar though. If they do something like that again I’d probably be there day and night.
Well the film noir is sort of an annual thing so they should do it again, at least. It’s what makes having the double bill pass so worthwhile. If it makes you feel better, I’ve also missed some incredibly great things there, like the Visconti retrospective, and a huge thing they did on Kurosawa while I was in school. God that sucked.
I look forward to it then. Cool stuff.
Harry: Relocate to Canada — specifically to Vancouver! It’s fun up north. :) (I wasn’t a fan of the last winter here though… It reminded me of Ontario, except with minimal snow removal…)
Speaking of meeting, have you guys met up before? If anyone is planning on going to any future international cinema retrospecs or whatnot, can I be notified? I’m really out of the loop when it comes to these things. I’d love to go too if my schedule permits it — especially if it’s focusing on works by an international director which I admire.
Nope, we have not met. I have not met anyone on the Auteurs, although me and Adam are going to Amarcord tonight so maybe I’ll see him there. Then I’ll have a story. Or not.
And consider yourself on my invitations list, should I hear about something great.
Anyone planning on catching Amarcord or La Strada at the Cinemateque? Theres also a Wertmuller coming up soon.
Oh also thanks Adam for telling us about the free Vertigo screening, I am so there.
Reading this thread has gotten me almost too excited to move to Van in August. I can not wait to catch these fests and check out all these new places. As someone said earlier, but this time from a different perspective, thank god for the Auteurs.
Amarcord was excellent, at least 5 members of The Auteurs were there, to my knowledge.
I totally missed the boat on that one. Next time. Vertigo screening perhaps.