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!
The excellent Premiere Cinema lobby...
And Scott and a movie he won't be seeing...
Russell Crowe, Robin Hood
I thought the movie was terrible. Too plodding and the characters too middle-aged for the Robin Hood legend, especially in an action movie. Maybe I should be glad that someone is trying to make a movie for grown ups as I am middle-aged myself, but it just seemed boring and stupid -- which is maybe a comment on middle age itself!!
The movie was an absolute mess. I actually fell asleep watching it because after an hour, I literally couldn't bear to watch Russell Crowe yell ANOTHER monologue. I did stay up for the last scene which I found entertaining. That was the only scene in the entire movie that I found entertaining. And that's a shame, because Russell Crowe is a great actor. But this movie sucked.
I was liking this movie up until the strange 15th century "normandy beach invasion" at the end. It felt really out of place. This film maybe more historically accurate, but it just can't beat out Kevin Costner's (I don't need an english accent for this) and Alan Rickman's (You 10:45...and bring a friend!) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in my opinion.
It seems like you keep up with Chuck alot....can you help me out on something? I am catching up here,and just read this review...what Up in the Air quote is CW talking about...i saw it 3 times,and loved it,but it was a while ago. Also,on the Inception thing....the last time I saw it ....and i know i keep changing my mind,the kids are different ages according to credits and he isn't wearing his wedding ring in the last scene,i say it is real.Do you know why he doesn't seem to know any of his "posse" in the airport???? take care.if you get a chance to answer,i will check at Inception IMAX page here on 100 Days. Hope your weekend is starting out good. Saw St.Cloud earlier. Pretty beautiful ,to me.
Good to see the Colorado kids watching movies! I'm a big movie buff from Denver, and am looking forward to the movies coming out this summer. I will see The Karate Kid, but I'm most psyched for Christopher Nolan's Inception and The Adjustment Bureau. The previews for both look amazing.
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