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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Hosts Pineapple Express Movie-Themed Dinner!

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If you enjoy eating and watching movies, and you aren’t lucky enough to have an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in your city, then you are missing out on an opportunity to do both at the same time while also being outside of your own living room. Alamo Drafthouse is a cool chain of theaters where you can order food and drinks (read: alcohol) from your seat and servers bring it to you while you watch the movie. It is very fun and cool, and it definitely saves time and planning efforts when you are on a date and are trying to decide if you should eat dinner before or after seeing the film. We’ve all been there.

Alamo Drafthouse Theaters Film Reel Lights

The theaters are very comfy and cozy, with ample arm-rest room, and a little table right at your seat. Select theaters even have these cool Film Reel Light Fixtures on the walls, which get you all in the mood see a film!

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About once a month, Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn (which is the one closest to me) takes in-theater dining to the next level with a special Food & Film event, where a dinner menu is created to go with the theme of a popular classic movie. I was recently lucky enough to score an invite to attend a screening of David Gordon Green’s stoner romp, Pineapple Express, which was accompanied by a four-course movie-inspired meal from Alamo’s Executive Chef Ronnie New, and drink pairings from Beverage Director Vincent Favella. What a great entertainment value!

Pineapple Express

If you have not already seen Pineapple Express, let me tell you a little bit about the plot.  Pineapple Express is an absurdist black comedy starring Seth Rogen as Dale — an underachieving stoner who works as a process server —  and James Franco as his pot dealer Saul, who sells Dale a rare, extremely potent strain of weed called Pineapple Express. When Dale inadvertently witnesses a murder, he puts both himself and Saul in danger when he tosses a joint of Pineapple Express from his car as he flees the scene. Since the hitman just happens to know that Saul is the only dealer who sells that kind pot, the bad guys know exactly where to find him. It just gets more ridiculous from there as Dale and Saul try to stay alive while being high out of their minds.

Danny McBride and Craig Robinson also star, and the cast includes minor supporting roles and cameos by a dozen name actors such as Bill Hader, Eg Begley Jr., Rosie Perez, Gary Cole, Amber Heard and Kevin Corrigan. On repeated viewing, it’s pretty obvious that most of the dialogue was ad-libbed, which, considering the crazy plot and the fact that the actors were most likely wasted during filming, serves the film way better than any script could. Pineapple Express is also the only James Franco role — except for the first Spiderman movie — in which I find him to be completely attractive. Check him out.

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Seth Rogan and James Franco in a Scene from Pineapple Express

OMG So Hot.

Pineapple Express Dinner Menu
Pineapple Express Dinner Menu with Cocktail Pairings

The menu, seen above, included a tasty appetizer, a hearty main course, a palate cleanser, and a very delicious dessert, plus three cocktails! Each dinner course was named after an appropriate line of dialogue from the film. Clever.

Foods Still Warm

For example, the main course, Food’s Still Warm, recalls a line delivered by Matheson, Craig Robinson’s character, when the bad guys arrive at April (Amber Heard’s character)‘s house looking for Dale and Saul, and Matheson puts his hands in the food he finds on the dinner table, to assess how long ago the family left the house.

The movie was hilarious as usual, and the food was delicious. I especially loved the You’ve Been Served Pineapple and Bacon amuse bouche, and the Birthday Cake for My Cat Strawberry Cupcake with buttercream icing, which was just insane. The cocktails gave me a nice buzz, but I wasn’t so wasted that I couldn’t make it safely home on the subway.

If attending one of these Food & Film movie-themed dinners sounds like something you would enjoy, and you’re maybe not so disciplined about checking the cinema’s online calendar, I’d recommend signing up for Alamo’s Victory program, a free-to-join rewards program where you can earn free movies and food, etc. that also sends out email newsletters of goings-on at the theater, at This Link! Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a fun time!

James Franco Eating

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2014’s First Art Joke: Jim Joe’s January 2014 at The Hole

Jim Joe at the Hole Glass of Water
A Glass of Water and A Lottery Ticket are Examples of Jim Joe’s “Art,” at the Hole (All Photos By Gail)

Jim Joe (real name and identity unknown) is a NYC tagger/street artist who writes his name, and an occasional saying, on buildings around the various NYC boroughs and, The Hole Gallery would have us believe, apparently wants to be taken seriously as an artist. OK, whatever. I like to keep an open mind about what constitutes “Art” in a contemporary sense, but this exhibit takes even the James Franco School of The Emperors New Clothes Phenomena to a new level of bullshit.

Opening on New Year’s Day, 2014 and running through the month of January, the January 2014 show will expand daily as The Hole adds to the exhibit each day with new works by Jim Joe. We dropped in on Saturday, January 4th to find the works you see in this post on display and constituting the exhibit in its entirety to-date.  Yawn City.

Jim Joe Devil Head
Jim Joe Guardian Image

There were two other pieces that I declined to photograph: one that looked like a sheet of newsprint and a black, half-loop-squiggle spray-painted directly onto the gallery wall. Trust me, you’re not missing anything.

Santa Toy at The Hole

I found this little Santa Claus plush toy discarded in one corner of the gallery floor. It is unclear whether this is meant to be part of January 2104, perhaps as a found object commentary on the Commercialism of the Holiday Season. Who Knows.

We do have more than three full weeks left in the month of January, so this exhibit could take a turn for the better, say, in the next week or so. But from what I saw not it’s not worth the bother of checking out unless you want to see for yourself how much of a joke it is. Or, you could also see Adam Green & Friends Hot Chicks group show, which runs concurrently in The Hole’s rear gallery.

It’s crap like this that gives Contemporary Art a bad name. Color me not impressed.

Recommended Viewing: This Is The End

This is the End Poster

Hey what’s up. Remember that movie from last year, The Cabin In The Woods? That was awesome, right? Everybody saw it. But like The Crying Game, the thing about that movie was there were so many crazy plot twists that it was really best to go in without knowing anything about the movie at all. Such is the case with this new film, This Is The End, which I saw at a screening last night. Walking into the theater, all I knew about it was that I recognized a bunch of actors on the poster from various Judd Apatow movies. And I’m telling you, that is all you need to know.

This movie is extremely hilarious despite a not insubstantial amount of gross out humor, and the plot is completely original. So, I really don’t want to tell you anything about it, because I want you to be surprised! But here’s what I will say: This Is The End is about a bunch of actors (all playing themselves) who are friends in “Real Life,” being trapped inside James Franco’s Hollywood home when the Apocalypse arrives during one of Franco’s debauched house parties. What a great location to experience the End Of Days!

It’s funny that just a couple of days ago I was talking shit on FaceBook about what a douche James Franco is, mostly for being a pretentious doofus who has helped to ruin the reputation of all Contemporary Art by selling bags of air, or whatever ridiculous thing it is he does in the name of Art. Please give me a break. Despite the fact that he was really hot in the first Spiderman movie, and also Pineapple Express, and that movie where he plays the guy who has to cut off his own arm to escape from being trapped between two rocks, that looks pretty good, but other than that, he kind of skeevs me out.

This Is The End stars Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel (you will recognize him when you seen him), Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and of course James Franco, plus there are cameos by every single famous person on the planet, including Rihanna (barf), who mercifully is killed off early in the film. The best cameo is by Michael Cera, who is the butt of a running joke during his brief appearance about what a cocaine fiend / sex addict he is. Hilarious! Anyway, go see this movie, because if you don’t mind a bit of projectile vomiting and incessant jizz jokes, you’ll laugh your ass off.  This Is The End opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th.

The Worley Gig gives This Is The End 4 Out of 5 Stars!

Wizard of Oz Cake

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That new James Franco Wizard of Oz film may be getting universally panned by the critics, but I am sure this magnificent Cake, inspired by imagery from the original film, would receive rave reviews! Created by Mike’s Amazing Cakes of Redmond, Washington, the back of the cake (below) is also quite impressive!

Wizard of Oz Cake Back
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Headline of The Day: James Franco is a Drag Queen Cover Girl!

He Feels Pretty

Yeah, that’s the headline. The original story, from the snarky people with the really poor proofreading skills over at Gawker is available at This Link, which no one will click on, of course. Go James!