mom, if you were in a german Scheiße video



Since I’m in the mindset of communal theater and all its possible glory, let me offer up My Top 5 Movie Theater Experiences:

1. Pulp Fiction – October 1994, Varsity Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC

Obviously, it’s easy to make fun of Tarantino now, but in the mid-’90s, fresh off “Reservoir Dogs”, my friends were psyched beyond psyched to see this. The Varsity, then run by Jim Steele, had olive-oil-popped popcorn and real butter, and was one of the few establishments that seemed to harken back to Chapel Hill as it might have been during the first two World Wars.

“Pulp Fiction” captured our dialogue perfectly, even as everyone’s brains were blown to bits – and when John Travolta stabs Uma Thurman in the heart with the adrenaline needle, the roof went off the theater. People were splayed out on the rows, unable to believe what they’d seen. We talked about it for weeks. It was a totally awesome event, in a time when such events were scarce indeed.

2. Silence of the Lambs – February 1991, Ram Triple, Chapel Hill, NC

Any of you who still remember the Ram Triple as it was in the late ’80s/early ’90s are probably still trying to get calcified butter off your shoes – simply put, this was the nastiest theater north of porn. Somehow culling the worst movies in then-current release, the screens were often torn down the middle (and hurriedly stitched up, like sails during a Napoleonic sea battle) and the film reels would unspool halfway through each movie.

NONE of this was true, however, the night “Silence of the Lambs” opened. Half the town crammed into one of the Ram Triple’s three theaters, and we sat, every seat taken, hot and still – but we didn’t care. This was one of those public experiences when a hundred people thought as one. At the end, when “Buffalo Bill” knocks out the lights, dons infrared goggles and reaches out to touch Clarice Starling, every single human being shrieked.

My future wife? Sitting a few rows ahead of me.

3. Swiss Family Robinson – Summer 1974 – Lindale Plaza, Cedar Rapids IA

This Disney classic had it all: a violent storm that shipwrecks a family, the coolest treehouse ever built, a hot androgynous chick that shows up out of nowhere, and a huge fight with marauding pirates. My favorite? When the ingenious Swiss Family Robinson Daddo makes a trap that unleashes hundreds of tree trunks rolling on top of the pirates.

My brother Steve took me to this, the first movie I ever remember seeing. He remarked how the tree trunks all looked like styrofoam, and I thought, “maybe, but I don’t care!”

4. Blade Runner – June 1982 – Military Circle, Norfolk VA

Go and check the fourth row of Theater 2 at Military Circle Mall in Norfolk, and you will find my seat. My nails bent the actual metal dividers as I watched the last fifteen minutes of this film, and decided I might want to tell stories for a living.


5. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut – June 1999 – Mann’s (Grauman’s) Chinese Theater, Hollywood CA

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. My brother’s marriage had disintegrated, my reasons for moving to Los Angeles had evaporated into a haze of humiliation, our house had become a sleaze den where strangers did blow on our coffee table and chicks peed in the trash cans. What could possible save us?

Sean, Michelle, Seth, and a number of friends and I all went to the first weekend of “South Park” at the famed Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd., and for two hours, everything lifted. I started laughing from the first frame and never stopped. By the time Cartman sang the “Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch” song, I was actually lying in the aisle, unable to function from laughing so hard. The entire theater was apoplectic.

This movie has given us so much, but nothing quite as important as the introduction of “SUCK MY BALLS” into our everyday lexicon. “South Park”, you provided the best movie experience of the last decade, exactly when we needed it the most. And for this, I genuflect and give you a low, humble bow.

How about y’all?

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  1. Larry

    My number 1 is also Pulp Fiction – October 1994, Varsity Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC. Making the night even better, I was on an impromptu date with the girl of my dreams at the time. It couldn’t have been a better experience. As such, I have not, and will not ever watch Pulp Fiction again. The memory is too perfect.

  2. Steve Williams

    Don’t remember seeing Swiss Family Robinson, but I do remember, in the mid-’70s, seeing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Lindale Mall. Retrospectives in the days before cable, I guess. I also remember seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in that theater, probably when it was released in ’68.
    But my most memorable experience was seeing Star Wars upon its release in ’77, in the marijuana-smoke-filled Winchester Theatres in San Jose. More than 20 years later, I returned to the same theater to see Episode I in digital projection.

  3. kevin from NC

    I guess most of these listed will be coming of age type movies. I don’t think of movies the same as an adult. I grew up in Wil(t)son, NC so most of these listed are from there.
    I’ll never forget the opening of Jaws in
    Wilson, NC. It was one of the first movies I remember seeing with an integrated audience. (Black folks sat upstairs prior to those days)
    Everyone jumped up and screamed in the scene where the head rolls out of of the hole in the bow. What followed was something this southern boy had never seen before. All (and I mean all) of the black people proceeded to pace up and down the asiles feigning heart attack symptoms for the next 10 or so minutes. Jaws was a national phenominon that summer and it was my most interesting shared experience at the movies.
    The next movie was The Last Picture Show. I snuck in as slightly underaged and was treated to a Peter Bogdanovich masterwork with the added bonus (for this 17 year old at least) of Cybill Sheperd’s fully exposed breasts (among others). I remember the starkness of the black and white and the arid Texas soil.
    Another underage movie was the classic Midnight Cowboy. It introduced homosexuality to my naive self and i could not ever get over the sadness i had for both Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo; neither of which realized their dreams. The movies i had seen in the past seemed to always have happy endings.
    My first ever art film was the lovely ‘King of Hearts’ with Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold at the Studio 1 on Hillsborough St in Raleigh. (The Studio 1 showed x rated stuff during the day and art films at night). The movie was a hilarious satire on the insanity of war and the sanity of personal relationships.
    Finally, I don’t remember the name of the theater on Hollywood Blvd (right down the street from Frederick’s) that ran the double feature of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones for like 30 years, but I had to check that out while there. No further comment is needed here.
    Ian, I like your list of films too save the Disney classic. I loved Blade Runner (I think I saw that at the Ram)… I was so glad to know that Harrison Ford would not be forever stuck in the Star Wars thing like Mark Hamill. The movie was so different than i had expected and my eyes were constantly looking all around the screen at the richness of detail presented as the future world.

  4. Chuck B.

    I’m groaning even to myself already at how much of a cliche this is, but I have to mention the first time I attended the Saturday midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Naro Theater in Norfolk, VA. I was in 9th grade at the time, and — for reasons completely unknown to me — was told to bring toast, newspapers and a squirt gun.
    Watching the live actors on the stage in front of the screen and feeling the joy of those around me as they sang every word and synchronized their projectiles, I realized for the first time that there was a large and active underground of “alternative” people (goths, gays, geeks, etc.) in Norfolk, and that the preppy suburban path wasn’t the only one available to me. I definitely spent more time watching the crowd than the screen.
    I never fully threw myself into the RHPS scene (midnight showings of “Stop Making Sense” turned out to be more my speed), but I will never forget the feeling of that night.

  5. craighill

    1) your number 2 is my number 1. “silence of the lambs” @ the ram triple. saw it on a thursday night around 7pm with four buddies. we were so fired up afterwards we immediately went next door and caught john white off guard @ molly’s on dollar night and drank about $300 worth of booze for $102. (we were determined to get over the $100 mark on dollar night – not smart)
    2) any one of several soft core porns shown at the manor theater in charlotte after 11pm in the late 70’s/ early 80’s. we’d sneak in through the bathroom window. jury still out on porn effects on 12 yr olds…
    3) “fabulous baker boys” @ the varsity in ’89. first time i saw the 17 million lights in the hallway after turning the corner from the concession stand. was so baked and freaked out i almost turned around and went home. glad i didn’t because michelle pfeiffer serenaded me that night. at least i thought she did.
    sidenote – even though i don’t smoke weed any more, the only time i miss it is at the movies, and always think of the varsity (with the peanut m&m’s mixed in with the extra butter popcorn!)

  6. Greg T,

    The Black Hole at a drive-in theater somewhere in Texas. i don’t remember anything about the movie, but I think this was the first movie I ever saw on a big screen and I still have a tactile memory of the event over 30 years later.
    La Femme Nakita and Cinema Paradiso, both at art houses, either in Atlanta or Chapel Hill. These movies made me beleive that the best films don’t come out of Hollywood.
    Ирония судьбы (The Irony of Fate) watched on a crappy TV set in Rostov-on-Don in Russia. This movie perfectly captured the essence living in Soviet Russia. It is intelligent and witty and the first movie I ever watched and understood in a foreign language with no subtitles.
    Forest Gump: Saw this in Chapel Hill with my wife on our first date.

  7. Matt

    Star Wars was probably my Swiss Family Robinson, significant mostly as the first theater movie I remember seeing. Almost Famous and Blade Runner are probably on my top 10 films list, though not because I saw them in a theater. I really haven’t had any experiences made more memorable because I was squeezed into a theater packed with strangers. Only ones made worse.

  8. Bud

    My first (and arguably best) movie memories were at the old Playhouse theater in Statesville, now long gone. Built
    in Vaudeville days and used for plays long before it was used for movies, it had an elegance no multiplex could match. I especially loved sitting in the balcony.
    Among the vast number of movies I saw there, Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz (both revivals – I’m not quite
    THAT old) stand out. Gone With the Wind actually had an intermission and people chatted about the movie in the
    lobby as we queued for more popcorn.
    Indiana Jones at the drive-in with my parents was pretty awesome.
    My first R rated movie was the original Rambo at age 16 . I went by myself, not long after buying my first car. I
    didn’t think it was a great movie, but the feeling of free entry into a previously-forbidden world was…
    The following year, I saw my first midnight movie, The Wall, at Hanes Mall cinema in Winston-Salem. Also solo. The movie blew me away. Afterwards, something about the contrast between the sensibility of the movie versus the sensibility of the local collective unconscious filled me with a sort of manic nihilism. Forgive me if that sounds pretentious. I drove the empty 35 miles back to Statesville at speeds between 90-120 and still consider it something of a miracle that I didn’t crash or get pulled over.
    John Waters’s Pink Flamingos stands out from the Varsity. I agreed to host an incoming music major for an informal weekend ‘orientation’. He was a thin, geeky 17 year old, a nice kid if a bit shy. The weekend was going well. I was showing him Franklin Street when we decided to see the movie. All I knew about it was that it was supposed to be weird and good. I was quickly convinced that this had been a great mistake! I was sure I’d warped his fragile little mind and that he was going to get me thrown out of college! Instead, his shyness mostly evaporated and we went on to enjoy a blissful night of underage drinking. He got laid.
    Finally, for immersion in collective unconscious, for me nothing matched the Student Union. Never mind that the sound quality was worse than the AM radio in a 1973 Pinto. The crowd was everything I loved and hated about my fellow students. They seldom hesitated to talk back to the movie. I watched the Star Wars trilogy with a huge group of friends, several of us on acid. I think nothing could ever top that for me.
    But I’m open.

  9. kent

    Drive-ins ruled. I saw “Mary Poppins” for the first time in one — if I remember correctly, with a carload of kids from the San Jose Ward, chaperoned by someone’s mom with teased laquer hair.
    Seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Cinerama dome by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. As I remember there were 3 Cinerama theatres in big futuristic golf ball buildings. I also remember seeing “Grand Prix” and “Finian’s Rainbow” there.
    Let it be said — Finian’s Rainbow is an insane movie. Trippier that 2001.

  10. CM

    Well, one of them had to be seeing “Real Genius” in the theater in my hometown of Freehold, N.J., in the 1980s…it was the first movie that made me feel good about being a nerd and out of place.
    “Pump Up The Volume” later on was also great in that respect.

  11. mcf

    mostly for Bud:
    ah, The Playhouse. the first movie i saw there (that i recall) was Footloose with Kevin Bacon. I remember sneaking in (or in and out) of those back doors, and thinking that i was SUCH a rebel. i even might have been wearing something ESPRIT to ensure my coolness.
    i think i also sat on someone’s lap (my friend Tina?) for the entire movie. a great memory.
    We always went to the next-door Village Inn pizza parlor after such exciting events, by the way.

  12. wottop

    Saw Pulp Fiction at the Varsity with my then girlfriend, now wife. Dinner at Pepper’s beforehand. Its one of my best dating memories these 14 years and 4 kids later.

  13. Ian

    Chuck B – ohmygod, I did that Naro screening of “Rocky Horror” as well. I was 13 and was told to wear a tarp. Even then, I thought the people that got up and acted out the parts had to be functionally insane.

  14. emma

    I hope that I don’t get too long winded on this one. I have to agree with Pulp Fiction, but I don’t remember where I saw it. I do remember that I saw it three times in the movie theater, something I had never done before or have done since that movie. That way you can appreciate the “little things” that you may have missed the first two times.
    Other great movie experiences:
    Usual Suspects at the Rialto in Raleigh. Fall of 1995. The minute you finish this movie for the first time, you want to watch it again. It blew my mind.
    The Crying Game at the Rialto in Raleigh. Early 1993. I had been told that I would be shocked. I was not told how. I was.
    I loved Studio One on Hillsborough Street and saw movies there frequently when I lived there. You could buy beer there and the whole theater seated about 20 people. The only movie though that I recall seeing there was Muriel’s Wedding. It was such a fun movie.
    Before this morning, I didn’t think I had any memory of my childhool prior to age 6. I do remember seeing Fiddler on the Roof at the drivein theater in my hometown on River Road with my Mom and maybe my sister. I was petrified of the dream sequence. If only I had known it was a dream at the time, not even a real dream, but a madeup dream for Tevye to convince his wife that it was okay for his daughter to marry the tailor and not the butcher, Laser Wolf. When I looked up the movie, I see that it was released in November of 1971. I was two. Maybe we were watching it after it was released, but not more than a year or two, I wouldn’t imagine.
    Last of all, with commenter mcf, during exams right before Christmas of 1991, we went to see Dances with Wolves in Chapel Hill. Today, Kevin Costner is cheesy, but in 1991, he was still Alex from the Big Chill, Crash Davis from Bull Durham and then he became Lt. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves and I cried for three-fourths of that movie. The scenery was beautiful, the Indians were beautiful and the white man was soo evil. My eyes were swollen and I think mcf was embarrassed to be sitting beside me.
    sigh – I miss going to the movie theater.

  15. jersey

    Great topic – I loved Silence of the Lambs and Pulp Fiction too, but I’ll add a few more. All of my choices came I believe between 1994 and 1999, when I split time between New York City and Chapel Hill. I am proud to say that THC played a leading role in the viewing of each of these films.
    (1) Visual Stimulus Award – The Matrix, April 1999, Chapel Hill NC. Can’t recall where in CH I saw it, but I was about a month away from finishing business school, was really really stoned, and this movie was, in a word, awesome.
    (2) Epic Battle Scenes Award – Braveheart, Fall 1994, Upper East Side. The battle scenes are still among the best I’ve ever seen. Went out to drink whiskey afterwards just to feel more manly. (Honorable mention – Gladiator).
    (3) Laugh My Ass Off Award – Austin Powers, Spring 1997, West Village. I think that THC played its most prominent role in this viewing. Just a classic Bond spoof with great writing. The crowd was dying. I still love Dr. Evil in the father-son support group. Brilliant.
    (4) Great Ending – (tie) The Usual Suspects, Sixth Sense. I mean, did anybody see the endings of these two movies coming? I sure didn’t. Of course, once again, that might have been the marijuana.

  16. Annie

    Two movie memories stand out: One, seeing “Superman” (the Christopher Reeve version) when it came out at the tail end of the 70s–probably at the good ol’ Hanes Mall Cinema in Winston-Salem–or was it Thruway? Can’t quite recall…but anyway what I do recall is the unexpected and explosive emotional effect the movie had on me. I was about nine, and had never bonded to comic books or superheroes the way my brother had (though I dutifully watched “Superfriends” weekly)–but that movie hit me straight in the heart. I will never forget the feeling of anguish that split my chest when Superman screams finding Lois’s dead body. Or the adrenaline I felt when he starts flying around the earth, reverses its rotation, and moves back time. Incredible. When I stood up after the movie, my legs trembled under me for the first and only time in my life. The carpet felt strange under my feet. I did manage to both walk out and conceal my uncool emotional state from my brother.
    Another movie memory that is very dear to me took place in Chapel Hill in the mid 90s–probably ’95–at Timberlyne. During high school I had contracted your garden-variety overeducated film snobbery, and had all but ceased seeing movies in the theater. Because, you see, one could never tell whether a new movie was going to be a timeless classic, shown in film classes for decades to come. And to me at that time, if it was something less than Citizen Kane, why see it?
    Luckily, my roommate at the time was Ian, and he occasionally forced me to do something fun just for its own sake. One of these occasions was going to see “Clueless” at Timberlyne. There were about 5 of us, and I was the sole whiny resister, so no one listened to me (thank god). Someone had some pot, and somehow we all got stoned in the car, even that was another frivolous and wasteful activity I usually pooh-poohed at the time. I laughed my freaking ASS OFF for ninety minutes straight. I laughed til I cried. It was so much fun. Ian ushered a lot of fun into my life that I was unable to provide myself. I’m so grateful for that.

  17. Joanna

    Are we like the characters from LOST? Exactly how many of us were sitting rows away from each other at the Ram Triple for Silence of the Lambs and The Varsity for Pulp Fiction? I was at both. Like wottop, Pulp Fiction was my first date with my spouse (Dinner at Flying Burrito beforehand. BTW, Flying Burrito has new owners and might as well be Applebees). Neither of these movies, however, make my short list of profound movie theater experiences. . .
    While 21 years apart, they were both David Lynch and both left me unable to focus on anything else the rest of the day.
    The Elephant Man – Winter 1980 – Warner Theater, Morgantown, WV I’ve commented about this one before . . . ten years old, hiding under ski jacket bawling, overwhelmed the whole day by suffering I’d never before imagined.
    Mulholland Drive – Nov. 2001 – Chelsea Theater, Chapel Hill, NC I connected with the movie like none other. Not in content, but form, it felt like someone was broadcasting my dreams.
    Hey, Where are the ladies today?

  18. grumphreys

    Worked at Thruway in W-S for awhile one summer… the midnight double feature was “Rocky Horror” and “Purple Rain.” NCSA would bus a bunch of theater kids over – it got super wacky in there! I worked at the Ram Triple too… a perfect slacker job, but what a dump! When attending Batman 2 (Catwoman, Penguin?), the movie broke with only 10 minutes to go, and a riot almost broke out.

  19. T.J.

    1. My very first date with my wife of (now) 17 years was “The Princess Bride,” October 1987, both our freshman year at Carolina. Has there been a better date movies that both the guy and girl could enjoy?
    I can’t remember which theater I saw it with her in (Ram Triple or Varsity). Afterward, we had dinner at Papagayo. My mom’s best friend waited on us. That evening, she called my mom in Illinois and told her my date was a real winner.
    2. Pulp Fiction, Appalachian Theater in Boone, October 1994. I’d been practicing law in Lenoir for just a couple months. My wife and I saw it with her sister and (future) brother-in-law. When Uma drew the “square” in the air, I thought I was going to jump out of my seat in excitement. I was on Cloud Nine coming out of the theater, knowing I’d seen one of the best movies I would ever see.
    3. Dragnet, June or July 1987, Stratford Square movie theater, Bloomingdale, IL. My first semi-serious girlfriend (after senior year in high school; I was a late bloomer). The movie sucked, but when I held her hand, an electric shock went through me.

  20. Neva

    Also saw Pulp Fiction at the Varsity. With my hubby soon after we started dating, I think.
    Emma – I remember mcf’s stories of your blubbering during DWW! Sorry I missed that one.
    My big movie theater memories are Empire Strikes Back – saw it 5 times at the theater (before the days of DVDs that’s how you showed you really loved a movie) – new every line by the fifth time and Purple Rain (my first R rated movie in a theater). I felt like such a bad girl.
    Anyone remember going to movies at the Student Union at UNC? I have a memory of seeing Raising Arizona there as a freshman I think – probably after too many wine coolers (scary) – hilarious though.
    I also have great memories of seeing Monty Python’s Holy Grail at that theater by Molly’s (was that the Ram triple?) at a midnight showing. Again, everyone knew every line and it was so much fun. Not dead yet…

  21. Jody

    Wild At Heart: Varsity theater, 1990
    Always a favorite…
    Star Wars: Merrimon Twin, now the Asheville Pizza Brew and View (one of the successful theaters to go this route), Aug. 13, 1977.
    After moving from Chapel Hill to Asheville that day, the family decided to go see this new movie that my little friends were talking about. My mom just finished RTVMP and was blown away by this new turn of cinematic events…
    A Clockwork Orange, UNC Student Union, 1974
    Since my mom was starting RTVMP at the time, I suppose my parents thought this was a good idea (I was five). They couldn’t do anything…
    The only comparison that comes to mind is when me and the 12 year old son sat down to watch Team America this spring. In situations like this you cannot rescue yourself…

  22. emma

    Neva – Did you go with us to the Student Union to see Saturday Night Fever. I’m pretty sure Regina, Leighann and Julie went – I can’t remember who else. That was a pretty fun movie experience.

  23. Neva

    Could’ve been there Emma, but don’t remember it – I first saw SNF at a drive-in theater in Salisbury and my Mom covered my eyes during the R rated parts and made my Dad leave early (I think they thought it would only be dancing and forgot about the sex thing).
    Forgot my latest and maybe greatest movie experience – U23D – amazing. First time I ever had to physically restrain myself in order to stay in the seat.

  24. michelle

    Ian, you forgot to mention that after we all saw that screening of South Park at Mann’s Chinese, we all went back to the Beachwood House, went to bed, and then got up to go to the 10 AM showing the very next morning.
    That was the absolutely best thing that happened to me during those dark LA days.
    Another good question: have you ever walked out on a movie because it was so terrible? Or too violent? Or for any reason? I walked out of Tin Cup because the first 10 minutes were so dull; I walked out of Tombstone cuz I couldn’t bear the sight of one more dude getting his stomach blown off. Still have never seen either movie all the way through.
    I did, however, sneak into Dungeons and Dragons at a multiplex in midtown Manhattan. With Sean. And stayed to watch the whole thing.

  25. Anne

    Revelatory cinema experiences:
    1) “Z” by Costa Gavras. I was a teenager and it pushed all the buttons it was supposed to. Outrage! Heartbreak!
    2) “2001” Saw it in the old Cinerama widescreen format. Rocked my little teen world. I still can’t stop thinking about it.
    3) Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” — Another teen mega-wow. I cried for days afterward. Who knew Shakespeare could be so sexy and gangsta? and freakin SAD?
    4) “A Room with a View” — Sheer delight from beginning to end, great cast and settings, one of my favorite movies ever.
    5) “Star Wars” The beginning of my epic geekdom.
    6) “Attack of the Clones” – Reawakening of my epic geekdom, culminating in my trek to SW Celebration 3 in Indianapolis, 2005.
    As a kid, it was all about Wizard of Oz. Scared me shitless, and I loved every minute. But that was an annual living-room experience on the black-and-white TV. I can’t imagine how freaked I would have been at age 4-5 if I’d seen it on a big screen!

  26. mcf

    emma: i was in no way embarrassed to be sitting beside you! the plot was lovely, yes, but mostly, i enjoyed the movie because costner was so darn hot back them. (smile)

  27. caveman

    few personal additions:
    1. Rocky III – I was 12 years old, shadow boxing with friends in our seats, entire theater went bezerk at the end
    2. The Border – first R rated movie I saw in a theater, to this day remember nothing about the plot just remember waiting and waiting for the first nudity scene
    3. Something About Mary – Sunday afternoon August 1998, ice cold, stadium seating Sony theater in Lincoln Square. Coming in early from an Amagansett weekend, monstrous hangover, can not remember another time where I laughed out loud more often

  28. alyson peery

    These aren’t in order, because I couldn’t decide on an order.
    The Birdcage at Cross Pointe Cinemas in Fayetteville, NC. My friends in high school were obsessed with seeing it, so we all went one Friday night after having dinner at my grandma’s house. We laughed so hard the whole time. Still, it is one of my favorite movies to watch when I’m sad or sick or just feeling generally low.
    Boogie Nights at the Carolina Theater in Chapel Hill. Oh my god, I was a freshman in college, and I went with a bunch of boys. We brought beers into the theater in one of my big purses, bought huge popcorns and Twizzlers, and sat on the edges of our seats through the whole, crazy, messy, glorious thing. During the scene where they go buy drugs and the guy in the robe is listening to his mixtape playing Jesse’s Girl and the Chinese man is lighting firecrackers, I was sure my life had changed. And I think it did, a little bit.
    Shall We Dance, at the Varsity in Chapel Hill. Not the JLo version. Again, freshman year, and the first foreign film I saw in a theater. So delightful.
    King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, at the IFC Theater in NYC. We saw this three days after we moved to Brooklyn from North Carolina. We wanted to get some air conditioning, and my boyfriend really wanted to see it. We were exhausted from moving and from being in the city. We were sweaty and hungry for candy and popcorn. We were so, so happy to finally be moved and living together and doing big-city things. Afterward we wandered around lost for almost an hour trying to find the train. As it turns out, the train was across the street.


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