Land of the free
Those Pokemon cards, that computer game, those cute new sneakers . . . They're fascinating, at first. Suddenly it'll be January, though, and the kids will be restless. Santa can be a tough act to follow. Which is why God created free movies. They take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday starting Jan. 8 at flix theaters on Transit Road in Depew. Round up the kids on the block and go. The first flick, which will be shown Jan. 8 is "Antz." Parents get in free, too.
We have watched "Titanic" and "A Night To Remember," and we have judged. For our money, any drama the newer movie had to offer (Kate Winslet leaning over the boat's prow, arms outstretched; DiCaprio smirking at a fellow doomed passenger, "As you walk through the valley of death, d'ya mind walking a little faster?") had nothing on that scene in "A Night to Remember" when the musicians play "Nearer, My God, to Thee" as the ship slipped beneath the waves. Don't believe us? See for yourself at the Screening Room this weekend -- where "A Night to Remember" plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
There's nothing quite like walking into "The Green Mile" at 10:45 p.m., and walking out at 2 a.m., as we did last week. You've got an airtight excuse to stay out all night: How is anyone supposed to sleep after seeing three electric chair executions? Apparently, though, a lot of people deal with this sort of thing just fine. Look at the Angelika Film Center, which screens "The Green Mile" at 11:15 p.m. -- half an hour later than at the Regal Cinema Transit Center, where we saw it. Luckily, the Angelika balances these offerings with the midnight movie "Blazing Saddles," in memory of Madeline Kahn. It's rolling Friday and Saturday at 12:15 a.m.
-- Mary Kunz