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11 May 2007 @ 08:16 am
The Roxy  
I woke up the other day with the paralyzing realization that I had forgotten to see "Grindhouse" and might have missed my chance to see it on the big screen. Even though I go to the movies almost every week and I love Tarantino and Rodriguez! It's all because it came out during the film festival and I was too exhausted to see any outside films.

Now, there's only one theater left in town that's still playing it and it's the smallest, most uncomfortable theater around: The Roxy. I've never been to a porn theater, but I imagine they look and smell just like the Roxy. I actually saw something pornographic there once now that I think about it. It was a collection of erotic shorts made in the 20s and 30s (some of them quite shocking). I also saw some films by the Brothers Quay there for the first time ever. Back before they used human actors, when it was all stop motion animation.

That's actually a bit of a bizarre story because I was there with a girl (she was the Quay expert and I the one being indoctrinated), but just before the lights dimmed I became aware of someone's breathing somewhere behind me and I became convinced that I knew whose breathing it was. I swore it was the girlfriend that I had just broken up with like a month before. I knew I was probably just being mental, but I had to know for sure. So, I turned around and sure enough, there she was, eight rows back staring daggers at me and the girl sitting next to me. It was the damnedest thing.

Also, now that I think about it, the first girl I ever kissed (or was kissed by) was named Roxy. How weird.

So, I guess I'm going to see "Grindhouse" at the Roxy tomorrow.

Listening to: Sarge - "The First Morning"
theballadofyoko on May 11th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find the Roxy claustrophobic-- but I think it's worth seeing Grindhouse on the big screen. Enjoy it!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: Hanuman: kiddie versionassmonkeydiary on May 11th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on May 11th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
That's awesome that you recognized her breathing...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Glen Barr assmonkeydiary on May 11th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm still perplexed by it to this day. Was it just some freak occurrence or could I maybe train my mind to always be that aware?
(Anonymous) on May 12th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yes. You can. But beware. It's pretty taxing on the resources. I'm in a job now where I'm exposed to almost constant stimulus. Conversations, the phone, people walking by, people walking through. @ the end of the day I unwind with a hard workout and meditation. Before I found that, I was literally going crazy.
ghibli_geek on May 11th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I saw Beyond the Valley of the Dolls there, and the roof was leaking so badly that it provided no respite from the rain outside. But I have fond memories of that skanky theater ...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: purple slapassmonkeydiary on May 11th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
"Skanky" is the perfect word for the Roxy. And "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" the perfect film for it.
Sorry I missed that picnicdickmalone on May 11th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
I think a porny theater might actually be a better place to see Grindhouse.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin no zoomassmonkeydiary on May 11th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
It does seem a bit like kismet...
d_eggman69d_eggman69 on May 11th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah! That's the theater you want to see a movie like Grindhouse in. Not one of these modern multiplex places.
Pallaspallasathene8 on May 11th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I think Tarantino has become far too full of himself, and I am just waiting eagerly for hubris to kick his ass.
(Anonymous) on May 12th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear. The movie was too long. I realize it was trying to be all retro, but it could have made the point and thoroughly entertained in a shorter amount of time. I actually found myself on the edge of boredom. And really, not during the dialog that everyone complains about in "Deathproof", but during some of the action in the first. They should have also expanded on the "previews."

"But hey, that's me and I could be wrong."
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green waitressassmonkeydiary on May 14th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Those nuns got more than spanked. I seem to remember a dog being loose in one of the nunnery scenes.