December 25, 2011

Albert Nobbs-Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center


Mike: Erica was too creeped out by the trailers to see Albert Nobbs with me, so I made my way to the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center to catch the film on opening day. It's a new film venue right across from the Walter Reade, and also part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. No disrespect to Elinor Bunin Munroe, but if you have a name like that and someone comes up to you and says "hey, for all your dedicated service and contributions, we would like to name our new building with two movie theaters in your honor" you'd be flattered and honored and whatnot, but at a certain point, wouldn't you say "you know, that's very nice and all, but I have a long name and it's not the most pleasant one to pronounce... how about we just call it something else?"

Hey, I'm heading over to the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center to catch a flick... I don't think so. I'm just going to call it The Munroe Center. No offense, Elinor.

So anyway, this was my first time there and the facility is absolutely top notch. My compliments to everyone except the ones who picked the name. There's a nice cafe/restaurant attached, which I look forward to trying some day. And two really neat theaters, each with a unique look and feel. It's beautifully designed and the cool look of the whole place makes it a great place to go see movies. Seats are comfortable and leg room space seemed to be fine.

When I got there, the theater was about a third full. Mostly older ladies, deftly dressed. There's a back section and a front section, and the first row of the front section was mostly filled. A woman walked in and asked if the very middle seat was taken. Someone had put their coat and bags on the seat and said No, but pointed out a few other empty seats in the row. But the lady said "No, I'd like that one because I want to sit toward the center." So she walked over to the seat and the other lady angrily took her bags and fur coat off the otherwise empty seat. She was pissed, but thankfully the tension ended there. After the movie started, another older lady walked in and sat in a different row. This one wasn't quite as full, and she ended up sitting two seats away from a 40-something lady. Once she sat down, she started asking the 40-something lady questions. "Is this Albert Nobbs?" The lady responded Yes. "Is this the 3:20 showing?" Then came a loud "JESUS, JUST WATCH THE MOVIE!" "I'm just here to see the Glenn Close movie..." Thankfully, the audience was quiet for the rest of the screening, but I was amazed at the petty hostility.

As for the movie - it's okay. Glenn Close is very good, but not all that much happens. And why is the movie even about Albert Nobbs? Early on, she meets another woman played by Janet McTeer who also lives in disguise as a man. Her story is way more interesting than Nobbs - why didn't they make a movie about her instead?

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