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Wednesday through Monday, Videology is a relaxed but impressive movie-and-TV-themed hangout, a downbeat bar that serves a tasty, affordable drink named after Don Draper, stages themed bingo nights, and occasionally books a screening or a talk. Tuesday is different. Tuesday is trivia night. All the seats are taken well before the competition gets under way, and by the time the games begin, entire five- or six-member teams — with punny names like Jah Rules of the Game, Satantango and Cash, and the 400 Bros. — are forced to stand. Populated by film students, critics, and workaday moviegoers, trivia night has attracted an impressive group of regulars yet always manages to pull in curious first-timers. It’s the only place in New York where you can watch as people openly brag that they know how to spell Apichatpong Weerasethakul or proudly put their knowledge of cult rock films and Polish movie posters to the test. Questions are of the sort you would expect — naming movies based on clips, co-stars, or marred descriptions — but can veer to arithmetic when you must tote up the number of films in various franchises. Even the guest rounds — infuriatingly difficult or narrow as they may be — add to the fun. How often do you get to say you were hanging out at a bar with the guy who did the voiceover in The Big Lebowski? (That’d be Sam Elliott, but of course you knew that.) 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn 11211, 718-782-3468,

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2015


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