Last week I complained in my Doc Talk column about how I wished I had an opportunity to see all of the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Well, my prayers have been answered by AMC Theatres, which will be hosting a marathon of all five films this Sunday, February 28. It's a great idea for us doc lovers to get a showcase similar to the cinema chain's annual Best Picture Showcase. Now, for a mere $30 (of $25 if you're an AMC MovieWatcher cardholder -- which you could likely join for free on the spot), you can see, in this order, Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, Which Way Home, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, The Cove and Food, Inc.

You also get, same as the Best Picture Showcase, a large popcorn and unlimited refills, though none of these are really popcorn movies in the way many of the Best Picture nominees are. In fact, it might be kinda off putting for you to eat corn while watching Food, Inc. Not nearly as horrible as eating dolphin sushi while watching The Cove, but still a bit ironic. The other issue I have -- not that I should be complaining since I wished for a showcase like this -- is that it's only happening at two of AMC's cinemas, NYC's Empire 25 and LA's AMC Santa Monica. Isn't there anywhere else in this country that people like documentary film? At least the Oscar-nominated ones?
As I said in my column, I haven't seen either Burma VJ nor Which Way Home, so I'll probably pay the $25 just to see those first two films. I also wouldn't mind seeing The Cove again, so maybe I'll leave and come back (you can do this). Especially since only two movies (with the popcorn even) might not be enough of a deal. And as far as I can tell from, you can't buy admission for individual shows. But if there's no other way to see the titles before the Oscars a week later, it'll be worth it for me anyway.

As for that Best Picture Showcase, don't forget that the first day for that program is also this weekend (Saturday, February 27). Some theaters will actually be showing all ten nominees in a Butt-Numb-A-Thon-esque 24-hour marathon. Again, that's just the big cities. Most of you will at least get a decent series of half the nominees -- pegged to how your market voted in AMC's poll -- which is different depending on if you go tomorrow or on March 7.

Anybody going to attend one of these events?
categories Cinematical