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Bring snack, drinks, lawn chairs and blankets! Dogs are welcome.
* Free and open to the public at the DSA, 48 High St, Dayton, OH 45403
My bags are mostly packed, a third draft of my “Must See” list has been deciphered from my scribbled notes, and I can hardly contain my excitement as I prepare to embark on my 13th Toronto International Film Festival.
Over the past several years of attending TIFF, I’ve seen almost everything I set out to see. I had a rhythm (which involved very little sleep), and I knew how early I needed to wake every morning in order to be one of the first dozen people in line (which helped to secure the really hot tickets). But this year, they’ve mixed it up. Instead of waiting in queue every day, I’ll have two small windows of opportunity to get on-line and request the tickets I desire for the entire festival…thus luck will have more to do with it than gumption. My fingers are crossed.
I’ll be keeping a daily log of all the films I see (and stars I encounter). Though I wish I could do all the festivals – like Berlin and Cannes and Sundance and NYFF and Telluride – I’m actually quite happy that TIFF is the one that fits so well with my schedule. I’ve loved going to the festival over the years, and I love being able to report my findings to all of you.
Here are a few films that I’m quite anxious to see:
SHAPE OF WATER – Sally Hawkins is divine. Here’s the trailer:
LEAN ON PETE – from the director of WEEKEND and 45 YEARS (and creator of HBO’s LOOKING). Here’s a clip:
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – from the director of I AM LOVE (one of my favorite films of the past decade). Here’s a trailer:
FACES AND PLACES – from the incomparable Agnes Varda and JR. (I’m pretty certain that JR. has been to Dayton!)
Stay tuned. I start screening movies Thursday morning!
Thanks for reading,
We’re moving forward in a big way this weekend. If you still need to see THE BEGUILED or BEATRIZ AT DINNER, Thursday will be your last chance to catch them at THE NEON. You also have one last chance to catch Cate Blanchett in MANIFESTO on Wednesday evening. On Friday, we’ll officially begin two hot, new films – THE BIG SICK and THE HERO. (We’ll have a special preview screening of THE BIG SICK on Thursday evening with 10 extra bonus minutes of stand-up from cast members of the film.)
Synopsis for THE BIG SICK: This is the best reviewed romantic comedy in a long, long time. Critics and audiences alike are loving this film, and it’s currently rated “97% Fresh” on rottentomatoes.com! “Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).” (Lionsgate) Click HERE to visit the film’s official site.
Synopsis for THE HERO: Many of our regulars keep asking “When is that Sam Elliott movie coming?” Well it’s finally here! “Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.” (The Orchard)
Joseph Bargdill of Broken Lamp Productions has rented our space to premiere his new film INCRUENTUS on Thursday, July 27. “Zoe finds herself trapped in a web of lies while she turns into a Vampire. Will she die or be sucked into a web of trickery from her husband and friends or overcome the poison of her infection? INCRUENTUS will have its world premier on July 27th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased now for $7 at THE NEON’s box office. The film will be introduced and followed by a Q&A with the director and producer.” (Broken Lamp Productions)
Dayton filmmaker Alfred Powell is premiering his new documentary with us on Sunday, August 6 at 5:30. “WE BELIEVE IN US is an intriguing true story of a once prominent inner city football power located on the southwest side of Dayton. In a breathtaking manner this raw documentary brilliantly transports you through the daily saga and life a young black coach and his staff and his players during their unpredictable 2015 season. This story simultaneously captures the realism of generational poverty, stigma, stereotypes, and promise while embracing the power of hope and survival. Dunbar High School – where disappointment is often undefeated – provoked this team to make a promise to themselves. When no one else in the world believes in us…We Believe In Us.” (press notes) Tickets are $5 each and are currently available at THE NEON’s Box Office.
Thanks so much for your continued support.
We hope to see you soon,
SHOWTIMES for Tuesday, July 11 – Thursday, July 20:
THE BEGUILED (R) 1 Hr 33 Min
Tuesday & Wednesday (July 11 & 12): 3:00, 5:15, 7:30
Thursday (July 13): 3:00, 5:15
FINAL DAY – July 13!
BEATRIZ AT DINNER (R) 1 Hr 23 Min
Tuesday (July 11): 3:15, 5:20, 7:40
Wednesday (July 12): 3:15, 5:20
Thursday (July 13): 3:15, 5:20, 7:40
FINAL DAY – July 13!
MANIFESTO (NR) 1 Hr 35 Min
Wednesday (July 12): 7:30
THE BIG SICK (R) 1 Hr 59 Min
Thursday (July 13): 7:30 Preview with Bonus – THE BIG(GER) SICK
Friday & Saturday (July 14 & 15): 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 9:55
Sunday (July 16): 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30
Monday – Thursday (July 17-20): 2:45, 5:10, 7:40
THE HERO (R) 1 Hr 33 Min
Friday & Saturday (July 14 & 15): 12:50, 3:00, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30
Sunday (July 16): 12:50, 5:30, 7:40
Monday – Thursday (July 17-20): 3:00, 5:15, 7:30
(All Dates Are Tentative. Dates Often Move And Sometimes Disappear)
TBD – MAUDIE
TBD – A GHOST STORY
TBD – LADY MACBETH
TBD – LANDLINE
Once again, we’re moving right along at THE NEON this weekend. If you still need to see Shirley MacLaine in THE LAST WORD or Woody Harrelson in WILSON, Thursday will be your last chance to catch these films at THE NEON. The gorgeous & masterful film FRANTZ (by one of my favorite directors) will stick around for one more week, and we’ll add two new films to the mix. PERSONAL SHOPPER, the new film by Olivier Assayas starring Kristen Stewart, will open Friday for one week. We’ll also open a film that was nominated for “Best Foreign Film” at this year’s Academy Awards – LAND OF MINE – for just three days beginning this Friday. For more details about our current films, please visit www.neonmovies.com
Synopsis for PERSONAL SHOPPER: “Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA and SUMMER HOURS, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.” (IFC Films) Richard Roeper of CHICAGO-SUN TIMES wrote, “I can’t explain everything I saw in this film, but I was entertained and enthralled by every second of it.” This film is only scheduled to play for one week!
Synopsis for LAND OF MINE: Nominated for “Best Foreign Film” at this year’s Academy Awards, this powerful film is only scheduled to play for three days this weekend. “As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, LAND OF MINE exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.” (Sony Classics) Click HERE to visit the film’s official site.
Vu-Do Swing is now set to bring ALIVE AND KICKING to town on April 26 at 7:30. “ALIVE AND KICKING is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.” Click this LINK to watch a trailer and reserve your ticket.
The 2017 DAYTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL has announced their line-up, and it’s terrific. To read all about the numerous films, to watch trailers, to see the schedule of screenings and to purchase advance tickets, please visit the festival’s official website by clicking this LINK. The following list only reflects films that will be screening at THE NEON:
Apr 27 at 7:15pm – ON THE MAP
May 1 at 7:15pm – IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE
May 4 at 7:15pm – THE KIND WORDS
May 9 at 7:15pm – KEEP QUIET
May 11 at 7:15pm – SABENA HIJACKING
May 15 at 7:15pm – PERSONA NON GRATA
May 16 at 10am – THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER
May 18 at 7:15pm – WOMEN’S BALCONY
On Friday, April 21, we plan to clear the decks and bring two new films to town…and we’ve decided to start them both a little early. COLOSSAL (starring Anne Hathaway) and LOST CITY OF Z (based on the beloved non-fiction book and starring Tom Holland & Robert Pattinson) will both have preview screenings on Thursday, April 20.
Thanks so much for your continued support.
See you soon,
SHOWTIMES for Tuesday, April 11 – Thursday, April 20:
THE LAST WORD (R) 1 Hr 48 Min
Wednesday-Thursday (Apr 12-13): 5:10
FINAL DAY – Apr 13!
WILSON (R) 1 Hr 34 Min
Wednesday-Thursday (Apr 12-13): 3:10, 7:30
FINAL DAY – Apr 13!
FRANTZ (PG-13) 1 Hr 53 Min
Wednesday-Thursday (Apr 12-13): 2:45, 5:15, 7:40
Friday & Saturday (Apr 14 & 15): 3:00, 7:30, 9:45
Sunday (Apr 16): 3:00, 7:30
Monday – Wednesday (Apr 17-19): 2:50, 5:10, 7:30
Thursday (Apr 20): 2:50, 5:10
PERSONAL SHOPPER (R) 1 Hr 45 Min
Friday & Saturday (Apr 14 & 15): 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30
Sunday (Apr 16): 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15
Monday – Wednesday (Apr 17-19): 3:00, 5:20, 7:40
Thursday (Apr 20): 3:00, 5:20
LAND OF MINE (R) 1 Hr 40 Min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Apr 14-16): 12:45, 5:20
THE LOST CITY OF Z (PG-13) 2 Hrs 21 Min
Preview Screening – Thursday (Apr 20): 7:30
COLOSSAL (R) 1 Hr 50 Min
Preview Screening – Thursday (Apr 20): 7:40
(All Dates Are Tentative. Dates Often Move And Sometimes Disappear)
April 21 – COLOSSAL
April 21 – LOST CITY OF Z
May 5 – THEIR FINEST
May 26 – THE LOVERS
TBD – CEZANNE ET MOI
TBD – MAUDIE
TBD – NORMAN
With the Oscars approaching, we thought we would do a little twist.. As you know, our blog usually centers around local Food Adventures. Thousands of fellow Miami Valley foodies discuss, like, suggest and comment on various Dayton area restaurants, festivals, photos and events. We even have a website, DaytonFoodies.com
What we don’t have (yet) is a movie studio. Being fanatical fans of delicious grub, we have developed a love for various movie scenes over our lifetime. With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, we thought the timing was right for a list of our favorite movie scenes with food…
A little unorthodox, but what the heck… here is our “Top 60 Food Adventures” of Hollywood.
So here , without further delay, Food Adventures with the Big Ragu, Chef House and Hungry Jax present our list of..
THE TOP 60 CLASSIC DINING and FOOD SCENES in MOVIES (click on the movie title for a link to see a video of the scene)
1—ANIMAL HOUSE – “BLUTO’S CAFETERIA SCENE”:
Who can forget this classic scene with Belushi scarfing down food at his college cafeteria. The scene ends with Bluto’s imitation of a zit and the famous “food fight” yell. This could easily be Big Ragu at MCL Cafeteria.
Incredibly tense scene at an Italian restaurant between two mob families that ends in murder. The other scenes in the Godfather that make honorable mention are “Leave the gun, take the cannoli scene” and “the Godfather’s Orange scene.”
3— OLIVER! – “PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE”:
The little orphan gets ballsy and approaches the mean orphanage director for seconds on soup. In this poor setting, it doesnt go over so well. Preceded by the classic song “Food Glorious Food.” A musical for the ages.
4— LADY AND THE TRAMP – “SPAGHETTI DINNER”:
One of Hungry Jax’s favorites. A Disney animated classic about puppy love. Who can forget the two dogs eating the same strand of spaghetti into a kiss? The first “nose nudging” of a meatball scene in movie history. If only every first date was like this one, with Italian music in the background.
Charlie Chaplin plays this lovable man who is down on his luck in this silent film. Hungry and poor on Thanksgiving, there is no food left, so he decides to eat his leather shoe. The result is one of the classic scenes in film history, from a true genius.
6— “GOODFELLAS BACKYARD PICNIC”:
A classic mob movie with lots of food scenes. Chef House loves this scene where everybody is eating sausages and taking care of business at the back yard picnic. Two other scenes worth noting are the “SPAGHETTI and KETCHUP” scene and the “DINNER IN PRISON” scene. Both classic views into the Italian mob life and how important food was to them.
A creepy scene where the witch tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple. Asking her just to “make a wish and take a bite.” Don’t do it Snow White, that bitch is cray cray… This Disney animated movie was groundbreaking artistic work at the time.
8—FORREST GUMP: “BOX OF CHOCOLATES”:
Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.” When Tom Hanks uttered these words, so was born one of the most famous lines in movie history. Ether Price agrees.
9— 9 1/2 Weeks – “EROTIC REFRIGERATOR SCENE”:
Who could forget this sexy scene with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke when he still had his own face. Spilled milk, honey and strawberries never looked so good. Like many movie scenes, the background music made it a classic. Here it was the 1964 song “Bread and Butter” by the Newbeats.
A boxer has to do what he has to do to get some protein in this world. Sylvester Stallone gulps down some raw eggs before dawn in this unforgettable scene. Yo Adrian, he has to get ready for Apollo Creed ya know?
11— WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – “ORGASM AT KATZ DELICATESSEN”:
Meg Ryan does her best imitation of having a big “O” in the middle of a crowded deli. The scene is an instant classic and is cemented in the annuals in a movie mostly about the battle of the sexes. We have never seen anyone do this at DiSalvo’s Deli, 5th Street Deli or Flyboys
Deli, thank goodness. The scene ends with the customer across the restaurant saying the classic line “I’ll have what she’s having.”
12— CHRISTMAS VACATION – “TIME TO CUT THE TURKEY”:
Chevy Chase digs in with all the family, including cousin Eddie. He finds the turkey a bit overdone and dry. But hey, they are going to have the hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny friggin Kaye. Two other famous food line in this scene:
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat by any chance eat jello?” — I don’t know about the cat, but I sure am enjoying it.” Also “he’s just yackin on a bone”.. blllleeeaack.. he got it up.” And who could forget the egg nog scene1 and egg nog scene 2
13— THE BREAKFAST CLUB – “LUNCH SCENE”:
A Preppy, a Jock, a Nerd, a Stoner and a Weirdo unpack their lunch. From Sushi to donuts and pixie stix, the result is a classic foodie scene. This movie is a perfect look into high school life in the 1980’s. Thank goodness no one took Mike Bender up on his “eat my shorts” offer. There are a ton of great lines in this one including “Where’s your lunch?” — You’re Wearing it…
14— INDIANA JONES and THE TEMPLE of DOOM – “CHILLED MONKEY BRAINS”:
In another country, Indy Jones and his crew must learn not to insult “his highness” and eat the exotic and downright disgusting dishes served up one after the other. Snake Suprise? Chilled Monkey brains? Huge Beetles? When eyeball soup is the soup du jour, you might want to leave and go to Rue Dumaine instead.
15— WILLY WONKA – “THE CHOCOLATE ROOM”:
Gene Wilder unleashes the brats into his world of pure imagination. Ladies and gentlemen… the chocolate room. You can even eat the dishes. But the damn Augustus kid falls into the chocolate river and ruins all the fun.
16— E.T. the EXTRA TERRESTRIAL: “E.T. TRIES REESE’S PIECES”:
Drew Barrymore and Elliot get E.T. into the house by using a trail of Reese’s Pieces. This scene put that candy on the map. It is crazy to imagine that an alien would come all this way and love processed chocolate.
17— PULP FICTION – “ROYALE WITH CHEESE”:
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson have a classic discussion about McDonalds in France. Another great food scene in this movie worth mentioning is the “Big Kahuna Burger scene.” Don’t ever let Samuel L. Jackson take a sip of your soft drink.
18— FATAL ATTRACTION – “PET RABBIT IN THE POT”:
Horrifying climax to a stalker scene where Glenn Close’s character boils the pet rabbit. She’s “not going to be ignored.” We think the family probably ended up ordering out for delivery that night, after this scene. Worst Food Adventure on film.
19— SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – “LIVER, FAVA BEANS, CHIANTI”:
When psycho cannibals brag about eating whiners with wine, you have a classic movie clip. We don’t like whiners either, but prefer to avoid them, rather then sautee them. Oh well, Anthony Hopkin’s other mention is from Hannibal – WARNING in this GRAPHIC SCENE, he feeds Ray Liotta’s character a piece of his brain, lightly pan seared. Don’t look for this on any Food Adventure menus, anytime soon.
20—WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE – “RATS IN THE CELLAR”:
Bette Davis is a vengeful servant in this dark 1962 film also starring Joan Crawford. To this day whenever we see a covered dish… you just don’t know what lurks beneath! She could have at least served her some side dishes with this meal, don’t you think ? Heartless wench!
21—KRAMER vs KRAMER – “FRENCH TOAST”:
A newly separated dad finds out that making his son’s favorite breakfast is not so simple. Also, it reiterates the importance of hot pads. Later in the movie you see the pair have come full circle and have turned breakfast into a well oiled machine… It is a sad scene because they have just found out they are going to be separated again by a judge’s order in divorce court. You’ll never look at French toast the same again….
22—RAGING BULL – “DON’T OVERCOOK MY STEAK”:
A look into an abusive Italian boxer’s relationship with his wife. When she has had enough of his grief she serves him his dinner, he flips out in return. Just remember this was based on a true story. Robert Deniro won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance of real life fighter, Jake LaMotta. The film was shot in black and white.
23—TALLADEGA NIGHTS – “DINNER PRAYER”:
A politically incorrect, yet very funny take on a NASCAR family saying a prayer before their meal. Hilarity ensues. Some of the best one liners on this list are in this scene. Not for the easily offended.
24—BRUNO – “PETE ROSE’S SUSHI”:
Although this scene was in the credits. It is one of the most hilarious food scenes ever. Pete Rose is brought in for what he thinks is a legit interview. There is no furniture so he has to sit on people, and the scene climax is dinner being served. The catch is, the sushi is laid out on the prone body of a hairy , large man. Bon appetite Pete! His reaction is priceless, as is his response. Now we know why he prefers Montgomery Inn.
25—A CHRISTMAS STORY – “CHINESE CHRISTMAS DINNER”:
Who could forget the waiters singing “Deck the Halls” to the family at Christmas dinner? This cult classic is a part of the holiday season each year. Also, we learn that Peking Duck is Chinese Turkey to a kid!
26—BLAZING SADDLES – “CAMPFIRE DINNER”:
See what happens when the cowboys sit down at the campfire after days of eating pork n beans. One of the first gas scenes in motion picture history. Lesson, if you have been eating beans, don’t turn your back to the camp fire. “How bout some more beans Mr Taggart?” — I’d say you’ve had enough…
27—THE PRINCESS BRIDE– WINE WITH VIZZINI:
The battle of wits has begun. Which glass is poisoned with the deadly iocaine powder? One of funniest character scenes in the movie. The unforgettable line, “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! hahahahaha… (plop)” This scene had to make the list…
28— ARTHUR – “DINNER WITH A HOOKER”:
This one is broken up into 3 clips. a) Arthur meets his date for the evening. b) Arthur realizes his date’s occupation c) Dinner ends and Arthur’s aunt Pearl is across the dining room. This movie is a riot and the upscale restaurant scene is worthy of a top spot on this list. “Are you a hooka? Jezzus I forgot, I just thought I was doing great with you.” Probably not the thing to say in a posh, elegant eatery. We miss Dudley Moore.
29— THE BLUES BROTHERS – “FINE DINING RESTAURANT SCENE”:
The genius of Dan Akroyd and John Belushi’s characters in the most unexpected of places. Nothing says threatening your friends to join your band by showing up at their work and threatening to disrupt the entire place. Well.. actually disrupting the entire place and disturbing the entire dining room. All because they are putting the band back together and need the waiter in their horn section.
30— HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – “FEAST at HOGWARTS”:
A giant feast in the hall has Harry Potter and his friends in awe. Does anyone know a Pepto Bismol spell? And you know it’s not a dinner party until “Nearly Headless Nick” shows up. Eat up Harry, your adventure awaits…
31— TOMMY BOY – “MY PRETTY NEW PET”:
Chris Farley’s scene in a diner, where he tells a
waitress why he ruins everything he touches. David Spade’s comments on Shrimp Cocktail are also classic. Farley wins the sympathy of the waitress who fires up the deep fryer to make Tommy Boy some chicken wings. “Tommy likey, Tommy want wingy..” Some people are now calling Big Ragu “biscuit” because of this scene.
32— MRS DOUBTFIRE – “PIE ON HER FACE”:
Without his female mask, Robin Williams’ character has to do some quick thinking when a guest stops by to visit Mrs Doubtfire. Thankfully a pie in the refrigerator helps save the day.
Putting whip cream on his face from the pie, Mrs. Doubtfire appears, apologizing for wearing her nightly meringue mask, part of her beauty regiment.” A great scene, where she even drop a bit of the mask cream into her guests coffee.
33—CADDYSHACK – “BABY RUTH IN THE POOL”:
When someone flings a candy bar into the pool, paranoia ensues. People bail and finally Spaulding snorkles up to the BabyRuth bar and screams “Doodie!” Another great food related joke from the movie is Rodney Dangerfield in the Country Club restaurant saying “This steak still has marks where the jockey was hitting it.” Or how about Rodney in the pro shop saying “buy a hat like this and you get a
34—THE UNTOUCHABLES- “BAT DINNER”:
Who could forget this intense movie clip? Robert Deniro’s classic scene playing Al Capone talking to his men, about baseball. This conversation has a surprise ending at dinner. It might be hard to eat dessert after this scene.
35—RESERVOIR DOGS – “I DON’T TIP”:
Steve Buscemi goes on a rant in this Quenten Tarantino film about gratuity. “Mr Pink” is pretty much every waiter and waitresses worst nightmare. A classic roundtable ensues of crooks and murderers discussing the finer points of manners.
36— BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – “BE OUR GUEST”:
Animated classic scene with marching of the banquet food. When your candle holders, plates and tea kettle start singing about how they are tired of collecting dust. It is time to throw a dinner party. One of Hungry Jax’s favorite scenes.
37— YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – “DINNER WITH THE BLIND MAN”:
Nothing pisses a Frankenstein monster off more that hot soup dumped on his crotch, a mishandled toast, and lighting his finger and cigar at once. This comical scene based on the original horror classic is unforgettable. Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman are perfect in this one.
Oh the change in language a few decades can cause. Marty McFly newly stuck in 1954, stumbles into a diner and learns it is more difficult to order something to drink than he expects. Then he realizes he is sitting next to his 18 year old dad.
39— ELF – “THE FOUR FOOD GROUPS”:
We learn from Will Ferrell that the four food groups are indeed candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. We had it all wrong! Oh well, the Christmas season is a time for learning, so we will try maple syrup on spaghetti during our next pasta night.
40— THE JERK – “SNAILS ON HER PLATE”:
Steve Martin’s character flips out when he orders escargot then goes ballistic because there are snails on the plate. “You would think at a fancy restaurant like this, at these prices you would be able to keep the snails off the food.” Equally funny is the line “2 boobs, that’s what he takes us for.” Watch the clip and you will see why. Also, check this clip of Navin’s birthday meal “Tuna fish salad on white bread with mayonnaise, a Tab and a couple of twinkies.”
41—ANCHORMAN – “A LITTLE JAZZ FLUTE”:
Ron Burgandy wows the dinner crowd like only he can. Suave 70’s style and seductive sultry flute notes is all he needs. “A little ham and eggs comin at ya.” If only every restaurant had jazz flute night.
42—ANNIE HALL – “LOBSTERS ON THE LOOSE”:
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton’s </strong>characters, try to cook live lobsters. The result is they are both scared to handle to
live creatures and they somehow end up crawling away on the kitchen floor, behind the refrigerator. Woody’s worried comments only add to the comedy.
43— MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING – “I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU”:
When Julia Robert’s character attends an engagement dinner, her friend breaks out an old Dionne Warwick/ Bert Bacharach song. The result is the entire table singing an unforgettable
version of “Say a Little Prayer.” This scene was an instant classic, and propelled the career of Rupert Everett as well. Feast and song, every Food Adventure should be so fun.
44—STAND BY ME – “BARF-O-RAMA”:
A story of revenge is the reason for this scene. Never in the history of cinema has their been more people puking on camera in a scene. A pie eating contest gone wrong at the county fair is the premise of this legendary “barf” story. People projectile vomiting blueberry pies, for your viewing pleasure
45— BETTER OFF DEAD- “FRENCH BREAD, PERU”:
A foreign exchange student is welcomed to the USA by her host family in an absurd display of “french” food. This underrated teen movie classic, addresses obsession, foreign students, and paperboys just trying to collect… two dollars.
46— SIXTEEN CANDLES – “DINNER WITH GRANDPARENTS”:
Long duck Dong tries Keesh pie and explains at the dinner party that he pushes the lawnmower so Grandpa’s “Hyena” don’t get disturbed. This John Hughes classic shows the tough life of a teenage in the 80’s being embarrassed by your parents and grandparents, all while chasing the guy of your dreams.
Living the same day over and over can cause you problems. But one of the benefits is you can eat whatever you want to, and it doesnt matter. Bill Murray drinks out of the coffee pitcher, orders donuts and pancakes, all in a day’s breakfast.
When trying to get seated at a posh restaurant, Ferris looks at the guest book and sees the name “Abe Fromann.” When he tells the host, he realizes he has just claimed to be the sausage king of Chicago. This was one of Ferris’ few failures of the day.
49— THE NUTTY PROFESSOR – “KLUMPS DINNER and FART SCENE”:
When you invite the Klumps to dinner, you might want to make sure you have some renuiz-it air freshener on hand. Even little “Herc-a-leees” gets into the gas game. Eddie Murphy plays almost every character in this scene.
50— ROAD TRIP – “YOUR FRENCH TOAST IS ALMOST DONE”:
Before you say your waiter is a nice guy, make sure he isn’t dipping your French toast in his underpants to steam it. Horatio Sans is that waiter. Not Oscar worthy, but a scene you won’t soon forget.
51— MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING – “BUNDT CAKE”:
The fun of language barriers and cultural differences is exposed in this scene. A simple
gesture, such as giving a cake for a gift causes an English lesson and confusion. Next time, just bring the Greek family a bottle of Ouzo. OPA !
52— AMERICAN PIE – “ITS JUST LIKE WARM APPLE PIE”:
When asking his friends what it is like losing his virginity, his friend tells him it is like warm apple pie. Somehow this leads to him being caught by his dad while making it with a pie. Ahh the things parents have to deal with.
53— MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE – “BIG GUY IN A RESTAURANT”:
A large, “difficult” customer in every way, in an upscale restaurant sets the scene. This clip shows the inherent humor in the actions of waiters in posh restaurants, literally putting up with everything a client does. Enjoy the surprise ending.
54— NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION – “THE DOG WENT ON THE PICNIC BASKET”:
No worse time to realize you are eating a sandwich soaked in dog pizz, than when you are flirting with supermodel Christie Brinkley. Chevy Chase’s dance moves with wheat bread
are the best in the business.
55— ACE VENTURA 2- “DO I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY TEETH?“:
The over the top comedy of Jim Carrey on display in another one liner. This one involves food and holds the records for most asparagus in a mouth in movie history.
56—THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – “CHEST POUND at the RESTAURANT”:
You’re at a high rise restaurant, and your business associate starts humming and pounding his chest. In between the olives and martinis you listen to his speech. Is he crazy or a genius? You decide.
57— DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – “RUPRECHT”:
A great scene with Steve Martin and Michael Caine as they plan to scam a woman out of her riches. You wont look at applesauce and corked forks the same way ever again.
58— AS GOOD AS IT GETS – “RESTAURANT”:
When you have obsessive compulsive disorder like Jack Nicholson does in this film, someone sitting in your favorite restaurant table can be a bit difficult to deal with. There are so many good food scenes in this movie. From the many deli scenes, to using bacon for dog treats, it was hard to pin down one favorite moment.
59—NAPOLEON DYNAMITE – “TINA, EAT THE FOOD”:
What is more strange, Napoleon Dynamite or the fact that he has a Llama as a pet. The disgusted main character hates everything, including feeding the pet. “Tina you fat lard, come get some dinner.” Aaahh the frustrated life of a high school kid.
60—THE BIG LEBOWSKI – “GROCERY SCENE”:
The dude, in a bath robe at the grocery, decides to open a carton of half & half for a test smell. This is the opening scene of the movie. Sometimes there’s a man, who’s the man for his time and place and apparently the laziest man in Los Angeles county.
So that’s it – our favorite food scenes. Did we forget any? Were there any on this list you disagree with ? Comment below.
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We were all set to move forward with JACKIE this weekend, but the execs at Lionsgate (the distributor for LA LA LAND) were insistent that we hold their hit for another week…and with good reasons. 1) LA LA LAND is still performing well. 2) LA LA LAND just scored the highest number of Oscar nominations ever received – 14 in all (tying with ALL ABOUT EVE and TITANIC). 3) In just under 4 weeks, LA LA LAND has become our #2 “Highest Grossing Film Ever” at THE NEON. Over the course of this upcoming weekend, it will likely move into the #1 spot! All that said, we will hold both LA LA LAND and 20TH CENTURY WOMEN for another week. I know that many of you are anxious to see Natalie Portman’s Oscar-nominated performance, but we promise that JACKIE will open on Feb. 3.
Speaking of Oscars, NEON titles performed very well this year. Past/current films that received nominations are: MOONLIGHT, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, LOVING, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, A MAN CALLED OVE, THE LOBSTER, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, LA LA LAND, and LIFE, ANIMATED. Nominees that are still on their way to us include JACKIE, ELLE, THE RED TURTLE, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, TONI ERDMANN, and all of the OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS (and possibly more). Of all the nominations, a couple “snubs” stood out to me. Annette Bening is absent from the list for 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. The film was recognized for “Best Screenplay,” but her role deserved recognition. Secondly, I was disappointed to not see EAGLE HUNTRESS among the nominations. Though “Best Documentary” is full of heavy hitters, I think this stunning but subtle, quiet film speaks to many issues and deserved more recognition.
For showtimes and descriptions of numerous special events at THE NEON, visit our official site: www.neonmovies.com
We hope to see you soon!
We’re very excited at THE NEON. In less than two weeks, LA LA LAND has become our #5 highest grossing film of all time. To put that in perspective, every other film in our Top 10 played at THE NEON for at least six weeks…so LA LA LAND has performed exceptionally well. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to make the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 such a success.
This weekend, we are holding both LA LA LAND and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – both of which are certain to be “Best Picture” contenders during this year’s Oscar Race.
To read about everything that’s happening at THE NEON in the next few weeks (as well as to find showtimes for this weekend), please check out our weekly newsletter by following this LINK.
Many thanks for your support!
We’re going completely international this weekend with two exciting, new films – both of which we didn’t think we’d be able to accommodate but many of you have been asking about. At last we’re able to move forward with a film based on the beloved, international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE as well as the new film from Park Chan-wook – THE HANDMAIDEN (based on the British novel FINGERSMITH). If you still need to see CHRISTINE, CERTAIN WOMEN or KING COBRA, Thursday will be your last chance to see them at THE NEON.
Synopsis for A MAN CALLED OVE: “Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgard, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.” (Music Box Films) THE NEW YORK TIMES called this film “cinematic comfort food,” and I think our audiences are going to love it!
Synopsis for THE HANDMAIDEN: “From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.” (Magnolia Pictures) Click this LINK to visit the film’s official site.
For descriptions and showtimes of any current attractions, please visit our website at www.neonmovies.com
The past 30 days have seen whirlwinds of visiting artists and amazing screenings. From The Dayton LGBT Film Fest to TORREY PINES and this Saturday’s incredible screening of SHORTBUS, I couldn’t be more happy with what we’ve been able to achieve right here in Dayton, Ohio. Many thanks to everyone who has supported these incredible events!
Don’t forget about this Thursday’s special screening. Dayton Tech Guide & Launch Runner are joining forces to bring GENERATION STARTUP to town for a one-time screening on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30. “GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit…” Click this LINK to reserve your ticket on the official tugg website. If tickets remain on the day of the screening, we will be able to sell them at our box office starting one hour before the show.
Our friends at 4Mary.org are bringing APPARITION HILL to Dayton. “Join 4Mary.Org for a night at the movies! A few years ago, 4Mary.Org organized screenings of the independent film THE TRIUMPH, and it was a terrific success. Now, from the same director, comes the new feature film APPARITION HILL about an unlikely group of pilgrims who journey to the same little-known village of Medjugorje. Three screenings have been scheduled at THE NEON: Mon Nov 21 at 7:30pm, Thurs Dec 8 at 7:30pm, and Mon Dec 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 each and are only available online via this LINK. All proceeds benefit the 4Mary Youth Pilgrimage to Fatima in 2017. For more info, contact [email protected]” (taken from press notes) To watch a trailer for this film, click this LINK.
And now for some great news! MOONLIGHT is set to open on Nov. 18. This incredible film was one of my “Top 3” films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival…and it is one of the absolute best reviewed films of the year. I think this film clearly marks the beginning of Oscar Season, and we’ve been able to secure a preview screening on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:40. Tickets will be on sale this weekend. Visit the film’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE to learn all about it.
It’s almost time for the Family Holiday Film Series. On Saturdays in December, we’ll present films that are suitable for the entire family…for only $2 a ticket (and FREE for children 12 and under). I’ll provide more details in next week’s newsletter.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
We hope to see you soon,
SHOWTIMES for Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Thursday, Nov. 17:
CERTAIN WOMEN (R) 1 Hr 47 Min
Monday-Thursday (Nov 8-10): 2:50, 7:30
FINAL DAY – Nov. 10!
CHRISTINE (R) 1 Hr 55 Min
Tuesday, Wednesday (Nov 8 & 9): 2:45, 5:20, 7:50
Thursday (Nov 10): 2:45, 7:50
FINAL DAY – Nov. 10!
KING COBRA (NR) 1 Hr 31 Min
Tuesday-Thursday (Nov 8-10): 5:20
FINAL DAY – Nov. 10!
GENERATION STARTUP (NR) 1 Hr 33 Min
Thursday (Nov 10): 5:30
One Screening Only!
A MAN CALLED OVE (PG-13) 1 Hr 56 Min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Nov 11-13): 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Nov 14-16): 2:45, 5:15, 7:40
Thursday (Nov 17): 2:45, 5:15
THE HANDMAIDEN (NR) 2 Hrs 25 Min
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Nov 11-13): 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Nov 14-16): 3:30, 7:15
Thursday (Nov 17): 3:30
MOONLIGHT (R) 1 Hr 50 Min
Thursday (Nov 17) – Preview Screening – 7:40
(All Dates Are Tentative. Dates Often Move And Sometimes Disappear.)
Nov. 23 – LOVING
Dec. 21 – LION
TBD – EAGLE HUNTRESS
TBD – NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
TBD – LA LA LAND
TBD – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
TBD – JACKIE
I made it to Toronto with minimal delays…and made my way to the Industry offices to pick up my credentials and begin the madness. This is just an intro! Watching movies actually starts tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 8).
I always give myself a buffer day when traveling to Toronto for TIFF. It can come in handy if you have flight delays, ridiculous lines in customs or you’re carrying an expired passport (that was a nightmare 2 years ago)…that extra day can make certain that you don’t miss any of the good stuff.
If all goes as planned, tomorrow will be a busy day with 4 films – including the splashy Opening Night film with a friend who I first met when he was a guest of The Dayton LGBT Film Festival. If all goes as planned, tomorrow’s screenings include new work by Kenneth Lonergan, Terence Davies and Olivier Assayas.
In the next couple hours, I’ll grab a bite to eat, check into my apartment and continue to plan my schedule for the next 9 days.
Here are trailers for a few films I can’t wait to see:
Check back in Friday morning…that’s when I’ll have my Thursday wrap-up posted.
Thanks for reading!
I’m sorry to say that TICKLED tanked this weekend…but interestingly, folks have loved it! (Some of our staffers have even said it’s one of their favorites we’ve shown this year.) If you still need to see it, Thursday will be your last chance to see it with us. We will hold MUSIC OF STRANGERS and DARK HORSE for one final week! On Thursday evening, we will open the highly anticipated comedy ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS – a film based on the beloved British sitcom. (On Friday, July 29, we’ll open Woody Allen’s latest – CAFE SOCIETY.)
Synopsis for ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: “Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!” (Fox Searchlight) Join us on Sunday afternoon at 12:50 & 3:00 (we’ll open at 11:30am) for AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS BUBBLY BRUNCH! We’ll have bottles of bubbly for sale and you can grab a bite from Pa’s Pork Foodtruck! Amelia Robinson & Alexis Larsen will be your “Patsy & Edina” for the afternoon – giving lots of fun prizes! (Many thanks to Lisa Grigsby of Dayton Most Metro for putting us in touch with Pa’s Pork!) Click this LINK to visit the film’s official website.
PUSH Dayton has rented our space to bring a one-time screening of TRAPPED to THE NEON on Thur, Aug. 4 at 7:30. “On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, that restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas posed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. TRAPPED, a documentary by Dawn Porter, follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. US. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. What do these restrictions mean for the women of the United States? Their doctors? What’s the collateral damage when legislation plays politics with women’s health? PUSH (Professionals United for Sexual Health) is a Dayton-based advocacy group that raises funding and awareness for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio.” Ticket details coming soon. Sponsored by Harmony Creek United Church of Christ, Drunk Think Tank, Blue Jacket Books, and Mark E. Owens, Dayton Clerk of Court.” Tickets are $5 each and are only available by clicking this LINK. If tickets remain, they will be available in our lobby one hour before the screening.
Local filmmaker Gino Pasi and his team are hosting a special screening of his new film on Thursday, August 11. “THE ARCHIVIST, a short-film written, produced, and directed by Pasi, tells the story of the brief and unusual relationship of Virginia Hirsch and Archie Vecchio, two people unable to forsake the past. The halcyon days of Virginia Hirsch’s youth are quickly fading no matter how hard she tries to hold on to them. For Archie Vechhio, history is much easier to navigate than the complicated present. When these two people meet, however, the past is buried and the present engaged. And both Virginia and Archie come to realize that living life to the fullest in the “here and now” means taking action – action that won’t come easy for either. Tickets available now at THE NEON’s box office for $5. One Time Only Public Showing! 9PM, Thursday, August 11, 2016.” (This film will screen earlier in the evening for invited guests.)
Our “NEON Lumbar Supporter” campaign is off to a pretty good start. Many thanks to those of you who have contributed to the cause! So far, we’ve “sold” 21 chairs toward our goal of 100. This project will cost us $50,000, and you can read all about it by clicking this LINK. Donations can be accepted on-line, but we can also take donations in person…we’d love to chat with you and have you try out the new sample chairs in our lobby.
Thanks so much for your continued support,
SHOWTIMES for Tuesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 28:
TICKLED (R) 1 Hr 32 Min
Tuesday-Wednesday (July 19-20): 3:10, 7:20
Thursday (July 21): 3:10
FINAL DAY – July 21!
DARK HORSE (PG) 1 Hr 25 Min
Tuesday-Thursday (July 19-21): 5:15
Friday, Saturday, Sunday (July 22-24): 5:00
Monday-Thursday (July 25-28): 5:20
FINAL DAY – July 28!
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (PG-13) 1 Hr 36 Min
Tuesday-Thursday (July 19-21): 3:00, 5:20, 7:40
Friday & Saturday (July 22 & 23): 12:30, 2:45, 7:20, 9:30
Sunday (July 24): 12:30, 2:45, 7:20
Monday-Thursday (July 25-28): 3:00, 7:40
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (R) 1 Hr 30 Min
Thursday (July 21 – Sneak Preview): 7:30
Friday & Saturday (July 22 & 23): 12:50, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45
Sunday (July 24): 12:50, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30
Monday-Thursday (July 25-28): 3:00, 5:15, 7:30
(All Dates Are Tentative. Dates Often Move And Sometimes Disappear.)
July 29 – CAFE SOCIETY
Aug 5 – HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
Aug 12 – EAT THAT QUESTION
Aug 19 – GLEASON
Aug 26 – OUR LITTLE SISTER
Sept 2 – EQUITY
Sept 23 – THE HOLLARS