Random Factoid #397

29 08 2010

Is this a joke?

The Angelika Film Center, the biggest “art house” theater in Houston, unexpectedly shut its doors today.  Apparently it was plagued by problems with the landlord. Grrr.

With 8 screens, most of which were dedicated to independent cinema, it was definitely a huge resource as a blogger.  Now Houston, the fourth biggest city in the country, is left with 3 SCREENS to show independent movies (at the River Oaks Theater).  Please tell me I’m dreaming?!

I fully intend to write letters to theater owners in Houston telling them that they need to pick up some of the movies that the Angelika was going to show.  If I don’t get to see “I’m Still Here” or “The Tillman Story” because of the theater’s negligence, I will erupt like Vesuvius.  I’m already having nightmares of December whenever everyone else can see awards movies but Houston will have no screens to show them on!

I’m very distraught, as you can tell.  On a blogging level, this is like a death in the family.

Random Factoid #148

23 12 2009

I was faced with a tough decision regarding my ticket collection on Monday.  I attended an advanced film screening at the Angelika Film Center, as the last two factoids have informed you.  To gain entrance to these screenings, I usually have to present a piece of paper which they confiscate upon entry.

However, they did things a little differently.  We had to exchange our pass for a real ticket that didn’t have the name of the movie on it, only “SPECIAL EVENT.”

What was I to do?  None of these other advanced screenings had real tickets.

In the end, I decided to leave it out.  But I didn’t make the decision haphazardly; I thought long and hard, weighing my options thoroughly.

Random Factoid #146

21 12 2009

As I sit here waiting for my screening to begin, I give thanks to the Angelika Film Center for having lots of movie-themed postcards out to grab. I was able to save four seats using my “An Education” and “Broken Embraces” postcards.

I grab these postcards whenever I can at movies. I’ve only sent one, and it was “Milk” themed. I have a few sitting in my desk