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Saturday, February 21, 2009


It's simply impossible for movies to get any better than this.

Well, I know where I'll be next Saturday! Manhattan's Film Forum is running the original KING KONG, my favorite movie of all time, and I urge you to see it on the big screen if you've only ever seen it on TV. As Bunche is my name, I swear you haven't experienced that movie until you see it BIG. Here's the Film Forum's listing for it:


(1933, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack) “Bring-’em-back-alive” filmmaker Robert Armstrong, with scream queen (and Film Forum member) Fay Wray in tow, sets out in search of the Ultimate Attraction: The Greatest Ape of Them All. Released the week of FDR’s bank holiday, the Mighty Kong still smashed box office records. Approx. 104 min.
2:45, 6:25, 10:10

“The grand-daddy of all monster movies.”Total Film

“More than a technical achievement, but a curiously touching fable.
There is something ageless and primeval about King Kong.”

– Roger Ebert

“Still the quintessential pulp saga, capable of popping eyeballs 70-odd years later
without the help of computers.”

– Michael Atkinson

"The best motherfucking movie ever made. So goddamned good, it'll make you eat your own legs on live television! And fuck Peter Jackson in the left ear for that boring-assed remake!!!"
– Yer Bunche

The one hitch here is that tickets are only available on the day of the show at the Film Forum's box office, and there's a bit of info regarding that; from the Film Forum's webiste:
  • Tickets for double features are NOT available online. SEE NOTE BELOW
  • Tickets for double features go on sale on day of screening at the box office.
  • First show time of the day: sales begin when theater opens (generally 12:15pm).
  • Second show time of the day: sales begin 20 minutes after the first show time.
  • All remaining show times: Tickets for the show time you're interested in go on sale 20 minutes after the previous 'same titled' show time.
  • Keep your ticket stub in a secure place as you will need it for re-entry.

Tickets sales policy for triple features is the same as for double features.

SELLOUTS: Once a film sells out, tickets for the
next available show time go on sale immediately.


Film Forum sometimes presents double features (one admission charge entitles you to see two films) as part of our repertory program. All double features are clearly marked as such on our website.

Unfortunately, we cannot sell tickets to double features online or in advance. The number of seats available for each show is dependent upon the number of tickets sold to the previous show, and, ultimately, to the number of people who stay on to see both features. For this reason we must sell shows in consecutive order. After tickets are sold for the first two films of the day, sales for each film begin 20 minutes after the start time of the preceding film of the same title.

When one-half of a double feature is sold out, we start a standby line outside. People often leave after the first feature, therefore freeing up additional seats. Our ushers are trained to count seats and get in as many people from the standby line as possible (for that reason, we ask your cooperation in NOT leaving coats or other belongings on seats!). It's extremely rare that a film is so popular that the standby line does not get in.

The double feature is a tradition that we're proud to maintain. We've generally gotten very positive feedback from our members and other audience members regarding them. We apologize to those who think our double feature policy an inconvenience.

But even with all that said, who gives a fuck? It's KING KONG! Ya just gotta go!!! The Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street in Manhattan, between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street (aka 7th Avenue), and is most easily accessible from the 1 train, right around the corner from the theater at the Houston Street station. KING KONG may just be the most quintessentially "New York" movie ever made, what with it being about a foreigner who ends up in the Big Apple and gets his ass totally kicked, so pack up the kiddies for a trip to Skull Island and I hope to see you there!

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