Kenny's Korner

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Hello Everyone,

We had a couple of great showings over the weekend.  Our Saturday night screening of GREASE was especially fun, as we had a full crowd, based upon our limited seating capacity, of course!  We have about 15 tickets remaining for tonight’s 7pm screening of Grease, so get your tickets if you do not want to miss out.

We are extremely proud to be offering three AMAZING Oscar films that are all must-see in a movie theatre, on a big screen!

MINARI is an up and coming Best Picture favorite.  This was nominated for SIX Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Director & Screenplay.  Minari is at a jaw-dropping 98% on, and is just a wonderful feel-good film to watch right now.

MINARI Synopsis:  A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream.  The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.  Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

THE FATHER is a film that I had my eye on before we shut down in early 2020!  My booker told me at the time to watch out for this “Anthony Hopkins film” that could win him a second Oscar!  Well, that film is THE FATHER, and you will want to see it.  Also at an amazing 98% on, it was also nominated for SIX Academy Awards, including Best Actor & Picture.

THE FATHER Synopsis:  Anthony (Academy Award Winner, Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the care-takers that his daughter, Anne (Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner, Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces.  Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can't make daily visits anymore and Anthony's grip on reality is unraveling.  As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to?  How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her?  THE FATHER warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant -- a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

NOMADLAND is still THE FAVOURITE to win this year’s Best Picture Oscar.  (Did you see what I did there, bringing in an Oscar nominated film from 2019.  The Favourite also won Olivia Coleman from “The Father” her Best Actress Oscar!) 

Nomadland is at a crazy high 94% on, and gives Frances McDormant an excellent chance to win a THIRD Oscar.  (Fargo and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.)  NOMADLAND also received SIX Oscars, including Best Actress, Picture, Director & Screenplay.

NOMADLAND Synopsis:  Nomadland is a 2020 American drama film written, edited, produced, and directed by Chloé Zhao. It stars Frances McDormand as a woman who leaves her hometown of Empire, Nevada after her husband dies and the sole industry closes down.   She embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. 

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 won the SAG Award (Screen Actors Guild Award) for Best cast in a motion picture.  This is the SAG equivalent of Best Picture.  This sets up this film, Nomadland, and Minari as the three favorites to win the Best Picture Oscar.  Even though Trail of the Chicago 7 is a Netflix film, we will try to bring it in to play for a week as the Oscars near.

Starting Friday our treat sales will now available any day and any time that we are open.  (This week that is 12:30 – 8:00)  You will be allowed to come inside to order, or if you feel more comfortable, you can order outside, and we will bring the treats out to you, just like this past year.  To minimize your waiting time, we ask that you not arrive when movies are starting, as that is when we will be most busy with patrons coming for the movies, which we will need to prioritize.

Thank you all again for your passionate support of the Vine, and I hope you and your family are staying safe out there.