Every Friday there are new movies released in theaters across the country, and many of these new movies are released in over 2,500 theaters, making them ubiquitous and ultimately not so special. But there are also those small movies, the ones that opened up in “select cities” weeks ago – which usually means New York and LA and occasionally Chicago – and take a little longer to play in your local theaters. So when one of these movies do end up playing in your town, it can definitely be something special, and you may only have a week or two to take advantage of the opportunity, so you have to jump on that chance and see these smaller movies, help give the little guy a fighting chance against these blockbuster behemoths. Do them and yourself a favor and check out:
Playing twice a day at the Enzian Theater starting on Friday, “Chasing Ice” is a documentary about the shifting and disappearing glaciers in the Arctic, which is a very real problem that our world needs to confront at this time. So if doomsday scenarios and time-lapse footage of melting ice is your thing, get thee to the Enzian this weekend.
The Enzian Theater does have other options this weekend (which is rare for this single-screen theater), and the late show every night will be “The Bay,” which is a found footage horror movie about a community falling quickly falling apart because of the poisoned local water supply. Not usually the type of movie to play at the Enzian, I imagine this is playing here because it’s a found footage movie by Barry Levinson, who is the same cat behind “Avalon,” “Rain Man,” “Diner” and “Good Morning, Vietnam,” so this definitely seems like a big stretch for him and it’s cool that the Enzian is getting in on the fun, so if you want some found footage horror this weekend, then here you go.
Finally, on Friday and Saturday at the Enzian at midnight, there will be screenings of “Miami Connection,” which has recently become the latest, hottest thing in “ironic” movie viewing. To go along with movies like “Road House” and “Troll 2,” this is the type of film that is so bad it’s good, as the filmmakers at the time felt like they were working on a totally different wavelength, resulting in a very weird, unique and very fun movie. Also interestingly enough, “Miami Connection” was filmed here in the Central Florida area back in the 1980’s, so at the very least it will be crazy to see this movie shot on these streets twenty years ago. This is definitely one where you will want to buy your tickets ahead of time, so get to it.
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