Monday, March 31, 2008

Sundays at the Eagle


This is the Eagle Theater in Jackson Heights. They play Bollywood movies, often with English subtitles. It used to be a XXX theater, and I wish I could say that the physical space felt far removed from all that. I just tell myself that the seats have probably been replaced since then. The first time we went, we saw a film called 36 Chinatown. Here's the opening musical number:



The movie was crazy long, divided by an intermission, and the second half featured a detective whose comic business involved cigarettes that he could never get lit. I liked it so much I bought the soundtrack.

Yesterday, as part of Susan's birthday celebration, we returned to the Eagle Theater for a movie called Race. Here is the ersatz music video that plays underneath the closing credits... sort of my favorite part of these movies, even though the lights are usually on by that point:



The movie was crazy long, divided by an intermission, and the second half featured a detective whose comic business involved eating a different fruit every time you saw him.

What I love about these movies is the complete lack of irony. You can ask the Fisher-Stevens-on-Creatine main actor to unconvincingly fake playing an electric guitar, shirtless and rotating, and he'll say "just tell me where to stand." It's like an army of David Hasslehoffs, all on screen at once.

The real gem of the afternoon was this trailer for Love Story 2050, which will be released this summer:



It's like a mashup of Heartbeeps, A.I., and Mortal Kombat... with dancing! I AM SO THERE.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the movies in English or at least have English subtitltes? I've always wanted to go...

6:24 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

I think 90% of them have English subtitles (not to mention they throw a lot of English phrases in the ones I've seen). You can always call ahead and they'll let you know.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Kayla said...

I like how the lead guy character is sort of a mashup of nicolas cage and and and who else....?

1:02 PM  
Anonymous dp said...

I remember when the Eagle was a XXX theater.

There's another old XXX theater in Jackson Heights on Astoria Blvd/East Elmhurst border and the joint is aptly named the 'Polk'.

Thx for reminiscing with me.

10:42 PM  

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