Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cinema Series: So... Giant is next weekend...

I am bad at stuff.

I went solo to go see "Giant" today at the Paramount, a film I've been looking forward to since the release of the schedule. I had my Diet Coke in hand, a small popcorn, a box of Milkduds, and a great seat in the balcony. Anyone could see I was ready for an epic Western to unspool before me.

Anyhow, the movie began with a car driving down a road and titles informing me this was Beirut, sometime on November. So, for a full minute, I had the bizarre experience of having absolutely no idea what movie I was watching, but I'd paid $5 to see it.

Turns out, "Giant" is showing next weekend. "Black Sunday" was showing today. Good movie, it turns out. Frankenheimer at his Frankenheimeriest.

The lesson we can all learn here? Don't let Bruce Dern pilot a blimp. Which I sort of knew, already.

So, I am trying to figure out, what with Father's Day next weekend, if I can pull off going to see "Giant."

6 comments:

Paul Toohey said...

I've done stuff like that before. I once got a group together to go see Touch of Evil at the Paramount Summer Film Series...it was a day they weren't even showing a film...there are other examples.

I should have made plans to see Giant the day it didn't screen, because this coming weekend I can't go...stupid job...

Jason said...

So how long did it take for you to figure out which movie it was that you were watching?

Ryan S. said...

Literally about twenty seconds. I was aware that "Black Sunday" and "Pelham 1-2-3" were showing today, so I said "Beirut...? November...? Oh......"

Anonymous said...

How did you buy a ticket at the counter when you said "Giant" and then they sold you "Black Sunday"?

-NTT

Ryan S. said...

The Paramount has one screen. I just said "one, please". And I was the only one in line, so...

Anonymous said...

Now that's funny!

-NTT