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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Midnight Marauders

1 was 11 years old when I saw my 1st midnight movie. My older brother was on leave and he took me out to see Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. It was sooo cool. 1st off I was out of the house after dark. 2nd off I was seeing a movie that was not in it’s 1st run theatrically. It felt like I was in on something, while the rest of the world slept.

Then in high school, I saw midnight showings of Rocky Horror and the Blob, amongst others. But during and after college, midnight movie runs fell outta habit for me. I don't think I went to one in college or even when I moved to LA, that is until last year. I went with my good friend Kimmi to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror. It was an awesome time. We followed that up with a midnight premier of Twilight: New Moon (We were of course exceptionally drunk.) These were two of the most fun movie going experiences I’ve ever had (and I’ve had A LOT!) More importantly they re-awakened my love of midnight movies.

LA offers so many different midnight movie venues; it was a damn shame that I had avoided them for my 1st two years here. I’ve never lived in a city where on any given day I can catch movies (outside of there initial runs) on the big screen (and not just at midnight.)

A few months back I saw John Carpenter’s The Thing for the 1st time in 35 millimeter. It was an eye opening experience. I always liked the movie, but home video and DVD did no justice to Carpenter’s use of his widescreen frame. The suspense was way more amped. Movies are meant to be seen at the movies (or at least they used to be.) Kubrick’s The Shinning was also a completely new experience with an audience. It always had its moments of humor, but it never struck me just how darkly funny most of the movie actually is, until I watched it with a howling midnight screening audience.

Next up: Reservoir Dogs at the New Beverly. It’s one of my all time favorite movies, and I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never seen it on the big screen.

* I still really need to get out to a hollywood cemetery screening of something.

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