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weekend gone - words first
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weekend gone
had a busy weekend. inspired by not being able to answer what was the most recent movie i've been to (i said Last Samurai, but that was wrong. At the time I think it was Day After Tomorrow, not sure. Not worth thinking further about) i've been seeing some movies. Last sunday I went to "Bukowski: Born into This" and "Spiderman 2." This week I went to Psychobilly Documentary in progress: "A Cancer on Rock and Roll" and "I, Robot" and "Maria Full of Grace."

I was planning to share my experience of seeing "Maria..." since it is the story of a young woman's adventures in her native Colombia then US, mostly in Jackson Heights which is the location of my neighborhood theater where I went to see it. So USA part of the movie was shot here in the hood and I was probably the only person in the theater who didn't know someone who appeared in the street scenes in the movie.

That long sentence is only a little part of what I planned to say but a few minutes ago I found out that my web server host is migrating to new servers this week and I gotta get my sites prepped for that.


just when i was going to do a little movie review and go night night.


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indiefilmpage From: indiefilmpage Date: July 19th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
any scenes around 74th street? I want to see the flick but time isn't very friendly for me lately. Ah The Jackson Theater, amazing that it still exists...
From: wrayb Date: July 19th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

jackson theater, Maria full of grace, etc

I love the jackson theater, but unfortunately for me they have started showing most all films with Spanish subtitles. The novelty quickly wears off, since i usually chose to see a mainstream film in a theater because i want to see the visuals on the big screen, and the clutter of the subtitles defeats that purpose. As for the theater itself, even though it is now a 3 screen theater when inside #2, the main floor, one can enjoy/see most all the tarnished and only slightly tattered glory of the past. The screen is in pretty good shape and they have a fairly up to date sound system (saw "Star Wars I" there, for example, and it was surround sound and a big enough space to truly enjoy it in.

As for the street scenes from "Maria Full of Grace," mostly it is when Roosevelt Ave gets a drive through in a taxi from about 76th to the mid 80s with flashes emphasizing the Colombian places and street life. The taxi comes from Jersey to Jackson Heights, with tastes of about all segments along the way except not Queens Blvd. Another couple of scenes are in front of an apartment bldg that seems to me to be about 83rd just south of Broadway but could be one of several other places in the area as well. A few other scenes are in commercial store fronts on the blocks just off of either Roosevelt or ? One most entertaining bit was when they basically circled the little triangle block that the theater is located on but the camera studiously misses the theater itself. Amusing sensation, buzzing around ones own location of the moment.

I recommend you trying to make the time to see it at the Jackson. I think that your ability to check out the parts of "the hood" that make it into the film will be limited if seen on a tv screen. That plus the film over-all is pretty good, though i wonder if i was swayed by the sentiments of the audience (i was the only gringo there that I saw). Lincoln Center viewing must be a whole other, perhaps colder, experience.

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