Diane and fellow Indianapolis residents,
I was more than a little disgruntled when the Landmark chain swung into town and knocked the well-loved Castleton Arts theater out of business. Castleton Arts was something of a northside treasure. They showed the usual assortment of documentaries and indie flicks, but they also sprinkled in some fun older movies like “Friday the 13th Part 3” (WITH the 3-D glasses), the “Mystery Science Theater” movie, and week-long festivals devoted to Scorsese and Sergio Leone. One of my fondest memories of the place was catching all three of the “Dollars” trilogy movies in one day. I definitely didn’t want to see it go, replaced by an impersonal chain that seemed to just be running art movies as another way of sucking dollars out of the pockets of a niche customer base.
When Landmark opened up, though, I didn’t hate the place. They have nice seats, they let you bring in alcohol from the bar next door or chocolates from the Godiva store down the way, and except for the fun stuff I mentioned before, their schedule wasn’t all that different from that of Castleton Arts. The main thing that sucked about the place was its popcorn, which has yet to improve – how do they sell that stuff? Ye gods.
But I haven’t been to Landmark in a couple months. (Come to think of it, maybe that’s part of the problem that I am about to eviscerate the place over.) Today I was reading about Werner Herzog’s new documentary, and since I love Herzog like my annoying cat loves biting me at six a.m., I thought I’d go see if it was playing here yet. (Fat chance, but you gotta try.) Of course, it turns out that Landmark isn’t showing it. Here’s what they ARE showing:
– Get Smart (starts Friday)
– In Bruges
– Mongol (starts Friday)
– The Visitor
– The Fall
– The Happening
– Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
– Sex and the City
– You Don’t Mess With the Zohan
Yeah, uh, Landmark? On what planet do many of these qualify as art movies? “Indiana Jones”? “Get Smart”? “You Don’t Mess With the Goddamn Motherfuckin’ Zohan”?
I want my Castleton Arts back. They probably wouldn’t be running the new Herzog doc yet either, but at least there wouldn’t be a 3000 screen blockbuster in its place.