We are scraping the bottom of the barrel this week.
When the big news in genre films is that Demi Lovato is debuting this weekend as Smurfette, we are truly living in benighted times. Anyway, if you got kids, you can lose them at the theater for a couple hours to watch Smurfs: The Lost Village while you catch something on the next screen that you’d been meaning to. (PG? How antiseptic does a movie have to be to get a straight-up G rating?)
IF YOU CAN HOLD OUT A COUPLE DAYS
The more exciting news is that at least one Big Apple big screen will have something compelling on it. Before there was Mal Reynolds — but long after there was Han Solo — there was Spike Spiegel. That’s right: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie will be showing as part of the Singularity series of sci-fi flicks at The Metrograph on Ludlow Street. Starts 9:15 Monday night. We’re not sure if the 2005 anime feature will be shown with its original Japanese soundtrack or with the English dub that features BoroughCon guest Steven Blum as Spike. Either way, it beats the Smurfs.
IN REAL LIFE
Lunacon, New York’s oldest sci-fi con, takes place at the Marriott in Tarrytown.
WHAT’S NEW AT BOROUGHCON
The bus shelter ads came in. You’ll see them around town within the week.
We also booked the 350-seat Bombay Theater — just a few blocks north of St. John’s University — for overflow programming. You can count on having a special presentation with Sean Astin there, but we have a bunch of other ideas too that we can’t commit to yet. How much we move into that grand, old-timey venue with the classic marquee depends on how many hours we’re prepared to book it — and that depends on advanced ticket sales, and that depends on you!