The Tampa Theatre is a palace, a shrine, a time capsule, and a contemporary gem. It is a marvel on Franklin Street that survived the Great Depression and has brought art and entertainment to the city of Tampa for more than 90 years. Can you tell I kind of love this place?
Yes, the theatre is known for screening cult classics and old school screen gems, but it also brings some of the most acclaimed independent films of the day to the city, too. Indies that aren’t screening at larger chains in the region. So, grab a whisky, a bag of popcorn (and mix in a bag of peanut M&Ms) and enjoy two major films that are making major waves in the industry this year.
Parasite is essential viewing
Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite” has received rave reviews. Honestly, rave is probably an understatement. I’ve shied away from reading full reviews as most begin with a warning that this film is best experience cold. The writer/director’s past credits include “Okja,” the wild bloody film “Snowpiercer,” and “The Host.”
His new film, “Parasite,” currently sits with a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s been called near perfect, masterful, urgent, and essential. It also won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
The basic synopsis is this:
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
That’s all we need to know. The film begins screening on Friday, November 1, and will run through November 13. Click HERE for a full list of showtimes.
Scorsese’s The Irishman screening in Tampa
You can’t talk about cinematic geniuses without bringing up Martin Scorsese. An obsessive student of film, Scorsese has proven a master at making indelible features. His latest, “The Irishman,” has been called a monumental, elegiac tale of violence, betrayal, memory and loss.” Variety calls it “a coldly enthralling triumph, […] not just a drama but a reckoning.”
His latest film will be distributed on Netflix, but a select few cinemas across the country will get to screen it. Tampa Theatre happens to be one of the lucky few. The film will screen at Tampa Theatre November 22-30. Click HERE to reserve tickets.
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