Day 9: 'Robin Hood'

Russell Crowe in 'Robin Hood'So after 9 days, what have we learned so far on this 100-day cinema safari, about what makes up the ultimate summer movie experience? These will all sound like no-brainers, but bear with me. A packed house with an energized crowd helps. Afternoon screenings are awesome (especially when you need to fit a daily blog into your normal gig), but if logistics aren't an issue, prime time is better. Most important is company. Not just any company, but the company of dear friends who love movies.

Saturday, I watched Robin Hood with one of my best friends Scott Matey in from Washington D.C., with whom I grew up with back in Denver, went to school with at USC, and whose career path couldn't be more different than mine. He's an Army Major who's served our country several times in Iraq. I get paid to manage content for a movie website. What we share in common, besides three other best friends from home and lots of other friends and family members, is a long-standing passion for cinema. When I was 16, I remember weekend upon weekend picking up Scott (whose walls were shrines to the '80s Arnold and James Bond movie posters) and heading to the most popular theater on our side of town, the AMC Westminster 11. Literally two decades ago this month, Scott and I were working on a project for our senior high psychology class to visit theaters at different times with different crowds to view their behavioral differences. Was it just an excuse to watch movies? Maybe.

When I picked him up this morning to see Robin Hood downtown (at the cool Regal Live Premiere Cinema with the restrooms available in the auditorium - I love that), he gave me a mixed CD with tunes from movies we saw with our friends as kids - "Fire in the Twilight" by Wang Chung from The Breakfast Club, "I Go Crazy" by Flesh for Lulu from Some Kind of Wonderful and lots of other unforgettable ditties. The thing is, I know all of you out there, too, have great moviewatching experiences, and the very best ones, like Clooney's line in Up in the Air, were probably shared with others. This summer is as good a time as any to remember that and value it and seek it out even more (I'd love, too, to hear about your best moviegoing experiences here on the blog)...Is Robin Hood one more? For me, it's Gladiator with a higher 'popcorn formula' bent to it, and a more laidback (and nice for a change) turn from Russell Crowe. If you see it in an excellent venue to take in Ridley Scott's trademark breathtaking visuals, and foremost, if you see it with a longtime friend who enjoys movies as much as you do, then you'll have another outstanding memory.

*Sidenote: If you're in San Francisco at The Metreon Theatre Sunday afternoon, 05/16, oh, say, anytime between 1 - 2pm, and you see me there, definitely come say howdy. I'll have some free passes to give out after the Bay-to-Breakers event in  SF. More giveaways on the way...hope to see ya!

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The excellent Premiere Cinema lobby...

Yours truly...

And Scott and a movie he won't be seeing...

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