The Rio Theatre‘s got the cure for what ails you on New Year’s Day with one of our most essential annual traditions – the New Year’s Day Hangover Movie Marathon!
Every January 1, we kick things off with audience favourites; the kind that are best enjoyed with friends (maybe in your pajamas, an old bathrobe, or a comfy Cowichan sweater – your call, no judgement) and maybe an adult beverage (perhaps a delicious White Russian or two – it is a holiday, after all, and you deserve it). Rest your weary (and bleary) head with us, in the dark, and chase every last remnant of 2017 away with some cinematic “hair of the dog” goodness. This year, we’re featuring the 70’s bizarro Japanese cult-classic oddity that is HOUSE (definitely a title that benefits from being both weary and bleary), THE BIG LEBOWSKI (we can’t abide a New Year’s Day Hangover Marathon without it, man – it really ties the day together), and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (New Year’s Day – what a lovely day). See one, or seem ’em all for one sweet price!
Since its release in 1998, the Coen’s THE BIG LEBOWSKI has really grown into its status as a true cult classic. A quirky, quasi-neo-noir story, truly glorious visual sequences, some hilarious dialogue and standout performances from an A-list cast really tie the whole thing together, man. Jeff Bridges abides as unemployed stoner Jeff Lebowski (aka, “The Dude”), a laid-back, easygoing burnout who just happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife Bunny owes a lot of dangerous people (nihilists?) a whole bunch of money. When some bad guys break into The Dude’s house and pee on his rug, he seeks out the other Lebowski, which sends him spiraling into a weird trip through Los Angeles’ even weirder underworld. Also starring John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, John Turturro, Tara Reid, and Flea.
“A typical Coen brothers film is like no film you’ve ever seen.” (The Globe & Mail)
Monday, January 1
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm *Start times are subject to change. Please arrive on time!
Single tickets $10 advance HERE or in costume | $12 at the door
Marathon Movie Tickets $18 advance HERE | $22 at the door.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film only! Please redeem at the door.
***Please note that the cutoff time for online sales of the New Year’s Day Hangover Movie Marathon is at 4:00 pm. Marathon and individual film tickets will still be available for purchase at the box office.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998 / 117 minutes) | The Coen brothers and their agreeable cast (including Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Teve Buscemi) make more fun than sense with this scattered farce about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist and drawn into a cluster of kidnapers, nihilists, porn mobsters and Busby Berkeley beauties.