Best Film Festival St. Louis 2009 - Reel Late at the Tivoli
Few moviegoing experiences beat catching a weekday matinee when you're supposed to be at work, and the midnight movie is one of 'em. You spend two hours sitting in the dark, absorbed in another world, completely foreign from the one you live in. You emerge onto a street that should be familiar, but it's dark, the stores are closed, and everyone has gone home. There's nothing to disrupt the movie's alternate reality. It'll last for as long as it takes for you to get in the car and drive through the quiet streets back home, where you'll finally turn on the light and return to real life. Or maybe not. Maybe you'll get undressed and go to bed in the dark and let the movie haunt your dreams. The organizers of Reel Late at the Tivoli understand the ethos of the midnight movie perfectly. This year's series, which started in July and runs through the first weekend in November, contains some of the strangest, darkest and most beloved late-night movies ever made: Donnie Darko, 12 Monkeys, Army of Darkness and, yes, Back to the Future. (Go ahead, try to prove that last one, with the DeLorean and the flux capacitor, doesn't feel like a very weird, though strangely logical, dream.) Sure, you could Netflix 'em all and watch at home, but why would you want to do that when you can experience real movie magic?