November 09, 2011

Anonymous- Cobble Hill Cinemas

Mike: Last night I ventured out to another Brooklyn movie theater on Court Street, the Cobble Hill Theater. It's independently owned and plays a combination of Hollywood and foreign/independents. I really liked it. There's no stadium seating or super-comfortable seats, and the building is pretty old, but it doesn't attract the hoodlums and riff-raff en masse like UA Court Street 12 does. Granted, I only saw one flick on a Tuesday night, but the audience was mostly quiet and didn't look like they were dealing drugs.

Pricing is nice, too. Tickets are just $10, they have $7 weekday matinees, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays tickets are $7, too. Although for some reason Anonymous counted as a 'special engagement' and I had to pay the full $10.

I was in theater 2, which is upstairs. It's an old room, but kind of charming. They showed a film print, which I always like, and Cobble Hill has a really cool intro reel. It's very dated and cheesy, as if it's from the late 80s or 90s, but that's what makes it awesome. The seats aren't great, but there is one chair to the side where you have extra legroom. Sitting in the front row wouldn't have been bad, either.

I really liked Anonymous and was impressed with Roland Emmerich. He's only done cheesy sci-fi films so far, so I was expecting Anonymous to have a certain hokey quality to it. But it didn't, although some might argue that the present-day wrap-around is. It didn't get the best reviews, but I think it's worth watching. Emmerich managed to get great performances out of his actors, which include Vanessa Redgrave and Rhys Ifans, both of whom are excellent. My only concern with the film was the character of William Shakespeare himself - it's a supporting part, but pivotal, and I thought the character was a bit too oafish and cartoonish. Overall it's a very engaging period piece. Not what I'd expected from the man who brought us 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.

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