Mike's Letter

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friends —

We’re at that time of year now when all the great movies of the year are being released. The movies that will win the bulk of the Oscars. I personally have screened all the year-end films—in part because I’m an Oscar voter and have been a board member of the Academy. Also in part because some of these filmmakers are friends and colleagues and they let me watch them in advance. One thing is already very clear to me—the final batch of films for 2019 is one of the best I’ve seen in years! 

The movie we’re opening at the Bijou is one of those genius films that you pray would be made more often—JOJO RABBIT. This is brilliant, bold satire. Set in Germany as World War II is coming to an end, the movie’s story centers around a 10-year old boy who desperately wants to be part of the Hitler Youth Corps. (Ok, here’s the part where you start to ask yourself, “Um, so, you said this was a comedy?”).

See the boy, Jojo, has an imaginary friend—a totally whacked Adolph Hitler. I don’t want to share much more, but if you can trust me on this, this film is so brutal in its satire about fascism, the perils of blindly following authority, why people are drawn to “strongmen," and what happens when you resist. 

This movie is so original you can’t believe you’re watching something this brave and rare. Parts of the film are so “shocking,” the only way your reflexes can respond is to laugh out loud at its madness. In its own special way, it’s just the film we need right now. 

The actors are superb, including Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, and Rebel Wilson and two of the greatest child performances of the decade. 

Do NOT miss this movie. 

If you loved "Dr. Strangelove," "Borat" or just great satire, this film is for you. 

All my best,

Michael Moore

P.S. The response to PARASITE at the State was so strong this week we decided to hold it over for one more week! This is the film that won the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Come see it!

P.P.S. This Monday, for Veterans Day, Veterans can see either or both of these movies on us. Yes, their tickets will be FREE. Help us spread the word.