To quote one of my favorite movie heroines, "there's no place like home." I've been back in Denver now for a day and a half, and it's just nice to know that some things never change in my hometown. My best friends will always offer me a place to stay. My family will always wish I had more time to hang out with them. And everyone knows I'll want to go see a movie with them.
I officially saw I Come in Peace and other '80s action classics for yesterday's Day 93 screening, but just as fun, I unofficially went to see Inception in IMAX (again) that day as soon as I landed with my friends and best bud Shawn, who'd flown to Washington, D.C. earlier on my journey, has watched literally hundreds of movies in theaters with me throughout our youth here in Denver, and unlike his single, eternally kidlike friend from California, went in a different lifestyle direction and is happily married with six kids. (Thanks again, Liz, for letting him out of the house to see movies with me.)
Today, officially for Day 94, I saw Step Up 3D with my sister Maile, her beau Derek, and my niece and nephew Rylee and Gavin. And just as Inception ruled the day before, so, too, was Step Up 3D a truly phenomenal experience. Let me explain further. As a surfer, some of the best days can be when the waves are far from ideal. It doesn't need to be a big wave day, or in this case, a great movie. As long as you're with fine company in the water, or in the cineplex, you can still have an amazing time.
I'll explain a little more. I remember how much fun I had seeing Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo as a kid. I can't remember the story at all, but I do remember thinking the dance sequences were cool, and how great it was watching the movie with my pals. More than a quarter century later, the sentiment's the same at Step Up 3. The story – about an NYU freshman and his new dance crew battling to save their warehouse/rehearsal space/living quarters – is nothing new, but the dance numbers are fun (3D not necessary, but at least it was filmed that way unlike the lame conversions), my niece loved it, and I had a ball seeing it with my family. There's no place like home, and there's no one like your friends and family. Bonus: Denver sunsets in the summer rock, and thanks to XM Radio, we can tune into Hair Nation and get down with Bon Jovi like it's 1986 all over again…
Dance fans, don't be ashamed to go see Step Up 3. The cast is likeable, and it'll make you want to moonwalk. More guilty or nonguilty dance movie pleasures? Me, I love to see some cool backspins in Breakin' and Beat Street. And yes, I did take a breakdancing lesson when I was 9. Time to pop!
Let them have (Fandango) cake! Thanks so much to the hometown folks...this was yummy...