Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hollywood Babylon - Dublin's Midnight Movie Film Club

I continue to be impressed by Block T. It's primarily an arts centre, but the team behind it are clearly doing a good job of reaching out and being part of the wider community. One of its uses is as a venue for Hollywood Babylon, "Dublin's Midnight Movie Film Club". Hollywood Babylon generally meets every fortnight on a Saturday and shows a double bill, with the first film starting at 10 pm and the second at midnight. It's €6 for one film or €8 for both.

I liked the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Maybe it's partly due to the venue; for example instead of cinema-style seating there's a mish-mash of seats ranging from cheap plastic office chairs to couches. It's a BYOB event, which is nice (and cost-friendly), but they also sell snacks and drinks. €1.50 for a big bag of pretty good popcorn is a damn fine deal compared to any cinema's prices, and a bottle of Sol for only €2.50... what can I say, I'm not much of a drinker but I appreciate having the option to drink alcohol while watching a movie.

And the film I saw sure was one of those needs-alcohol movies. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is something of a cult '80s movie, and walks that fine line between being a spoof and just being awful. I'm not sure whether to love it or hate it. Both, perhaps.

I didn't stick around for the second film (Samurai Cop) but overall I left feeling that this is an event I'd go back to. If you're looking for a cheap alternative to the cinema - or something a bit different and more sociable - Hollywood Babylon is worth a look.

Note: the film club isn't necessarily on throughout the year, and they recommend mailing them about the venue, so I'd suggest checking their Facebook page (linked to above) or mailing them before going.

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