Sunday, October 6, 2019

'Joker' weekend

This sign greeted moviegoers this weekend at the City Cinemas Village East on Second Avenue at 12th Street.

"Downton Abbey" fans who wanted to wear Lord Grantham or Lady Mary masks were out of luck. "Downton Abbey," which has been criticized for normalizing dinner parties, is currently playing here.

The sign arrived here ahead of screenings Thursday night for "Joker."

Theaters across the country were reported to be on high alert for the opening weekend of Todd Phillips' film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. Village East had a lot more employees working the front door than usual, though I didn't see any police presence. The film is also playing at the Loews Village 7 on Third Avenue and 11th Street and the Regal Union Square.

The Associated Press reported the following: "Extra layers of security, intense on-screen action and a frightening incident inside a New York theater combined to create an unsettling experience for some moviegoers who went to see 'Joker' on its opening weekend."

Security had to remove a patron from the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street on Friday after he clapped and cheered for a good minute during an especially intense scene.

As for the Village East, "Joker" is playing on two screens, including in 70mm in the Jaffe Art Theatre...


Felton Davis said...

The film concludes with the classic hard rock song, "In the White Room," by the Cream. Drummer Ginger Baker died on October 6th.

bill said...

A neighbor said "Joker" is a mediocre movie. Giving it a miss.

Anonymous said...

The joke is on those who spend money to see this dreck.


"Incels, please don't shoot up the theater. And rethink the mucus colored hair, you might get laid."

tom said...

Can’t believe this movie is causing this kind of controversy.