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Hoping to be classy at the Capitol Theater or Why I still haven’t seen ‘True Grit’

2011 January 3

I will be the first to admit I have horrible (horrible) taste in movies. I recently bought my second copy of Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” because I am obsessed with it, imagining it has connections to “The Catcher in the Rye” (red hat!) and “Leaves of Grass” (Whitman’s masterpiece, not the Edward Norton film about an Oklahoma drug lord). I own other pathetic films that reduce my credibility as a human being such as “Mamma Mia,” “Catch and Release,” “Saved,” and (sigh…) “Sweet Home Alabama.” Last weekend, when my brother was home for Christmas, he said, “Why don’t you go see something good. There are so many good movies out right now.” Of course, I went to see Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon in a movie I’ve already forgotten the name of. *  I’ve read, by my estimation, more than 50 classic novels this year, and I’m about to take a five-month class in which I’ll only read Chaucer. Crap movies are my fast food wrappers hidden in the trash. But, I’m hoping, the Capital Theater might save me, might be the “Super Size Me” to the fast food — the movie that made me feel guilty enough to eat what’s good for me (at least for a little while).

Ryan found an ad today at La Bodega (good turkey sandwiches) for a new promo they’re doing at Capitol. Sunday, Jan. 16, they’re starting a Sunday brunch where they show an old-fashion-y movie at 10 a.m. and offer discounted brunch at Luxe, 41N, and Reddstone. Hurray! Their first is “Maltese Falcon” with Humphrey Bogart. So I’m hoping to expand my (very limited) horizons and take a leap, kind of like the main character in “Leap Year,” which, of course, I just bought.

Join me, if you too like film and you too need a little more substance in your Sunday brunch.

* I really tried not to end this sentence with a preposition. And I failed.

** Not familar with the Capitol? It’s the west side’s version of the Cedar-Lee. Nowhere near as established, it’s only a few year’s old, but it’s gorgeous (reminiscient of the fabulously remodeled Athena, for those nostalgic for OU), shows a variety of big-name and tiny-tiny films, and is the center of one of Cleveland’s most interesting neighborhoods.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Caroline permalink
    January 4, 2011

    That Chaucer class sounds cool…at JCU?

    • Laura permalink
      January 4, 2011

      We’ll see — I just got my 1,300 page Riverside Chaucer in the mail today. Ah! And, yes, I’m at John Carroll. Are you still thinking about doing your English master’s there? Also, a friend of yours (Jarrod M. ) is a guidance intern at my school. We just figured out you are our degree of separation. Funny, right?

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