Day 95: 'The Other Guys'

Day 95 has been a busy one. We were up before dawn for a radio interview, sprinted back across town because I'd forgotten to shave (whoops) for a TV interview, turned right around for a newspaper interview, and are now taking a ten-minute breather before heading to The Other Guys to hand out free Fandango tix and catch the new movie with new friends and old friends.

Over lunch with Denver's last remaining major newspaper film critic, Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post, I and my friend Shawn reminisced about our adventures in the '80s and '90s doing exactly the same thing – sprinting all across town due to ours, and our childhood pals' love of movies. On a day just like today in Denver in, say, the summer of '93, we would catch Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire at the Mayan downtown, Jurassic Park at the UA Cooper 6, The Fugitive and The Pelican Brief at the Westminster 11 where I worked, topped off by video screenings of Escape from New York, Halloween, Jaws and Watership Down on laserdisc from Suncoast Video (where I also worked).

We did it then for the love of movies, and still do it for that same common passion. Other friends would join us and pop in for a movie or two, or would join at the end of the night for Subway or Taco Bell and the second to last flick. It was always about the shared and unique experience, and as I near the end of this long, hard, fun and interesting journey, I find myself getting more and more sentimental about it. The awesome thing about watching movies, especially in a theater, is that we are all equal and bonded in that common time which will become individual memories. It doesn't matter really how many movies you watch, but what does matter is that we all do watch them. It's nearly impossible nowadays to find someone who's never seen a movie in a theater (or at least seen a movie), and I find that comforting. We all have equal, valid opinions about them, and we all get to relax and unwind and feel no pressure about it and be whoever we are when we watch them. I find that comforting, too, and am again rejuvenated and inspired by this form of shared human experience, which everyone is invited to take part in...This is my last movie night on the 100 days trek in my hometown where I was raised, and where this whole life journey started for me. I'm excited that I was able to share it this time with the entire community, and look forward to one last movie memory before I head home to my adopted city of Hollywood – where so many of these first come to life...

A post-screening reaction: major kudos to Hollywood Theaters' Southglenn Stadium 14 for both their venue and "skybox" premier presentation of The Other Guys (plus the theater's ability to reserve specific seats online, and send a scannable barcode ticket to mobile devices - yay iPhone!). While the movie was pretty funny (a little on the long side, but Ferrell and Wahlberg had some nice funny man/straight man moments), what really made the night fantastic was seeing it in the Southglenn's first-class setting. Basically, the "skybox" is just the upper level of the theater, which is a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge plus preferred balcony seating for their premier auditoriums. Those seats are leather and plush, and come complete with mini-side tables and waiter service during the first part of the film. It was awesome to see a good comedy at this venue (Coloradans – see asap) in these ideal conditions with my buddies. And, a first on the 100 days trek – both the manager and the chef sat and hung out with us for some yummy appetizers – see below. All in all, it was a great final movie day before the last few left back in L.A.

Movie theater food rarely tastes this good...

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