Starring: Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, John Landis, Richard Kelly, Joe Dante, Clu Gulager, Joe Carnahan, Fred Dekker, Noah Segan, Lloyd Kaufman, Mark Romanek, Tom Holland, Stuart Gordon
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Directors. Dorks. Deviants. This ain't no Multiplex.
Plot: A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.
My rating: 7.5/10
Will I watch it again? Maybe.
A couple of years ago I spent a few weeks in Los Angeles and I made The New Beverly Theater my second home. I went every chance I had and saw quite a few classic movies there. Tarantino owns it (who is surprisingly absent here, although he's mentioned) and he showed up for a surprise Q&A one night I was there. Very. Cool. There were several filmmakers that would speak before or after a screening and it made TNB that much more special. Entering the theater was like stepping back in time and I LOVED every moment I spent there. This film covers the history of the theater but it goes beyond that and gets into the debate of digital versus film. All I know is I would like to see more theaters like TNB out there, preserving the appeal of classic films but showing them in the way the filmmakers intended. I've seen films on an 85" TV but nothing compares to seeing that same movie bigger than life in a theater but without the assholes you get going to the cineplex that really sour your desire to even go to the theater. If you dig filmmakers talking about movies and shit like this then this is right up your alley.