My name is Brent. You might recognize me as your affable neighborhood bartender or maybe the host of Good Robot’s outdoor movie and film screening series, RobieScope. But before that, lifetimes ago, I worked at a local video store called Video Difference.
(Yeah, the years have been kind)
Video Difference was the first video store to open in Halifax and it was the last to close its doors. It was a 24 hour haven for casual entertainment seekers, film aficionados, and stoned kids looking for trippy nature documentaries.
Video Difference is now a darkened hollowed out monolith, its blind neon eye towering over Quinpool Road (“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!) but you might be surprised to find some of those cinema spirits have wandered into our upstairs barroom theatre.
Allow me to introduce to you our new RobieScope year-round film screening program every Wednesday evening. A warm cozy theatre with a full menu and cold beer. This program will be challenging, strange and adventurous. The closest thing you’ll ever get to a modern VD Staff Picks section. Join me, won’t you?
Jan 9: Con Air
They were deadly on the ground; now they have wings.
To celebrate Nick Cage’s birthday, I’ve chosen Con Air. This movie is not beautiful. Sunsets are beautiful. Newborn babies are beautiful. This… This movie is [email protected]#king spectacular.
Jan 16: The Royal Tenenbaums
Family isn’t a word… it’s a sentence.
If you think you’ve had a rough year, buckle up for this roller coaster of sadness! Honestly, this is Wes Anderson’s most human film to date. Feel free to come dressed up as Margot and Richie. (You will have to check your falcon at the door.)
Jan 23: 10 Things I Hate About You
How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger in a 90’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? Yes please.
Jan 30: Groundhog Day
He’s having the worst day of his life… over, and over…
Groundhog Day is the best “time-loop movie” ever made. Come at me, Edge of Tomorrow.
Feb 6: Do the Right Thing
It’s the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something or you can do… the right thing.
This is one of the sweatiest movies I’ve ever seen. Come see the Spike Lee Joint that Michelle and Barack Obama went to on their very first date.
Feb 13: Wild at Heart
David Lynch made a wild, crazy love story starring Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage and a snakeskin jacket. It also features Willem Dafoe in his most unsettling role ever. (I say this with confidence) Happy Valentines Week.
Feb 20: BlacKkKlansman
An African-American police officer from Colorado infiltrates and becomes the head of the local chapter of the KKK.
This is based on a true story and stars Denzel’s son John David Washington. If you missed it last summer do yourself a favour and don’t miss it again.
Feb 27: Won’t you be my Neighbor
A little kindness makes a world of difference.
A documentary about Mr. Rogers’ impact on the American psyche. My money is on this film to take the best doc award at the Oscars this year.
Mar 10: The Help (FemmeBot event)
Change begins with a whisper.
This amazing period drama starring Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone is the final event for FemmeBot this year (which is why RobieScope moves to Sunday night this week only). I expect this will turn into a pajama jam. I will certainly be in my onesie.
Mar 13: I, Tonya
Fitting in is overrated.
RobieScope returns to Wednesdays with a film about shamed figure skater, Tonya Harding. I, Tonya challenges the subjective nature of “true stories”. Beautiful and brutal performances. Loaded with WTF moments.
Mar 20: A League of their Own (MLB season starts on this day)
To achieve the incredible, you have to attempt the impossible.
RobieScope celebrates the opening pitch of the new Major League Baseball season… with a baseball movie. Geena Davis is AWESOME.
Mar 27: Punch Drunk Love
You can go to places in the world with pudding.
Adam Sandler with an anger management problem in a film that’s not called Anger Management.