It may seem old and tired by now, but there’s a reason we all grow up knowing about “dinner and a movie” dates. Likely it was the first type of date you went on. Maybe going to the movies was how you could scope out cute kids from other schools. Although many of us can reminisce about the good ole’ days of dinner and a movie, it might not be our go-to date anymore. Now that Buffalo has so many new activities to try out, you might feel a little boring suggesting dinner and a movie.
Have no fear – the classic date is still here!
Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel.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 while still keeping comfy in those lovely red chairs that theaters never fail to have. 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 weekend 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.
Film: Knight of Cups
Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo
Showtimes: Fri March 25 – Thurs March 31 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:50 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. (11:00 a.m. showing Sat and Sun)
226 Lexington Ave., Buffalo
Open Tue – Thurs 5-9:45 p.m.; Fri and Sat 5-10:45 p.m.
Restaurant Info / Our Recommendation
Director Terrence Malick is famous for his intelligent and artful cinematic pieces including Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), and The Tree of Life (2011). This weekend, the Amherst Theatre is showing Malick’s newest film, Knight of Cups.
Knight of Cups is set mostly in California as Rick (Christian Bale) explores and indulges in the vices of LA and Las Vegas. He seeks out himself by having adventures with six different women, played by a seriously star-studded cast including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Freida Pinto, and Imogen Poots.
This film is certainly not for movie-goers looking just to be casually entertained for a few hours. With a director like Malick – who never finished his thesis on Martin Heidegger but went on to translate Heidegger’s “Vom Wesen des Grundes” and graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy – you’re in for major cinematic experimentation, intelligence, and emotional depth.
After the film, treat yourself to an LA staple – sushi. Kuni’s in the Elmwood Village may be on the pricier side, but it serves up some outstanding sushi. Pick your own sushi by the piece, or let the chef create your menu with the Chef’s choice combinations.
The restaurant is insanely intimate with tables right up on each other, or you can be seated at the bar, giving you the perfect place to watch the chef make your meal. Keep in mind, Kuni’s does not take reservations, so be prepared to put your name on the list and hang out or go have a cocktail next door at Vera.
Sushi is one of the most perfect date night foods because it forces you to slow down and eat one piece at a time. Instead of being able to stuff a whole hamburger in your face, with sushi you have to stop and talk every once in a while! Sushi and a really intelligent, crafted film is perfect for couples looking to get to know each other a little more deeply.
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