Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel. It means you spent time looking for a way to break the Netflix and chill cycle. It means you can snuggle up during the movie, then go out after to have deep conversations about the mise-en-scène.
So for each week(end) of the month, Step Out Buffalo has made a new kind of pairing – not of the wine and cheese or meat and beer varieties. A cool movie plus a creative restaurant choice means serious props to you. Here’s our pick for this week!
Amherst Theatre – 3500 Main St., Buffalo, NY
Showtimes: Friday, Feb. 5 3:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Feb. 6 and 7 11 a.m., 3:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (showtimes vary during the week)
Café: Tipico Coffee
128 Fargo Ave., Buffalo, NY
Stop motion animation; Charlie Kaufman; and “sex in hotel room” – if any of these words mean anything special to you, then Anomalisa needs to be your movie choice for the coming weekend.
If you can’t readily identify Kaufman – one of my main motivators for wanting to see the film – I hope film credits like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich ring a bell. And as for “sex in a hotel room,” the “plot keywords” on IMDb are particularly intriguing, odd, and perhaps not too appropriate for this website.
The Amherst Theatre seems to be one of my constant recommendations, but their movie selection is just phenomenal. Anomalisa, despite being an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Motion Picture, respectively, seems to not have made the playbill for any other area theaters (for the feminists among us, it also tied with Carol as the Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists). For more info on Anomalisa check out anomalisa.com.
Instead of suggesting a place to go out for dinner, this weekend Tipico Coffee on Fargo Ave (as a resident of the block, I couldn’t be happier the café – which sat empty for years! – finally opened) should be just the place to decompress after what will surely be an emotionally charged, or draining film (Kaufman goes both ways). The minimalistic German design will you give you and your date the breathing room you’ll probably need after Anomalisa.
And as for the food, the coffee is always superb and should be drunk black, and the toast options are impeccable. Add the hard-boiled egg – I’m sure it won’t be like the ones you make at home.
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