While perusing the Surf Report photo library this morning, I came across this one, and started thinking about the two guys pictured and their special brand of nerd humor. As geek “jokes” go, theirs is a good one. But I have a feeling (and I could be wrong) their overall hit/miss ratio isn’t too impressive. Ya know?
Then I started thinking about the number of times those two douche-bobs have likely seen the Star Wars movies. And then, the films I’ve seen in theaters more than once…
I’ve never been a huge movie buff. I don’t know why, but that’s one obsession which passed me by. Music, baseball, and anti-social humor magazines took up most of the space in my head when I was a youngling. And maybe there wasn’t enough room for film fanaticism? I’m unclear on it.
In any case, my list of movies seen in theaters more than once is quite abbreviated. In fact, I can only think of two. There might be more, but I can’t think of them right now.
The first was Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It’s by far my favorite Python movie; I thought it was freakin’ brilliant the first time I watched it, and still do. Some of you will probably gasp when I admit this, but I could never get into Holy Grail. There are a few funny sequences, but here’s video footage of me watching most of that movie.
Life of Brian, however, is great throughout. Plus, there were wild, crazed church people in front of the theater, protesting the film. They had signboards and the whole nine yards. It was great! After crossing a picket line of humorlessness, then seeing a hilarious movie… man, what an intoxicating experience. I had to do it again!
And on the second trip, a few days later, the furor had died down a lot and the protesters were just going through the motions. There were only a few remaining, and they were phoning it in. Kinda disappointing, but the movie still kicked ass.
The second one also blew me away: the original 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead. Holy shit! I’d never experienced anything like that before, nothing had even come close. It was just wall-to-wall creative gore, but was also funny and suspenseful. It’s still one of my favorite movies of all time. That shit is a masterpiece, straight-up.
I saw it at the theater with some friends, and we couldn’t stop talking about it. So many great scenes… And the fact that it was set inside an abandoned mall made it even cooler. Yeah, I need to dig out the DVD and watch if again, for the fifth or sixth time.
This was back during an era before easy access to everything at all times, so when Dawn of the Dead popped up as a midnight movie a couple of years later, I was super-excited. I was dating a girl at the time, and had talked-up the film so much, she reluctantly went along with me. She said she wasn’t a horror fan, but I told her it’s not really horror. It’s so much more.
Yeah, and I think she started crying around the halfway mark. Just sobbing like a crazy person… WTF? We left the theater (dammit!), and I couldn’t console her. She cried all the way home, and was crying as she slammed the door of her house in my face.
What in the ever-lovin’ heck?? Worst date ever. At least up to that point… it was later surpassed. But that’s another story for another day.
And that’s it for me. I seriously can’t think of any other movies I’ve seen in a theater more than once. The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Maybe. But that was just to throw stuff and act like a jackass in the dark.
What about you? Do you have anything on this subject? What movies have you seen in a theater the most times? Tell us about it, won’t you? Use the comments link below.
And I’ll be back tomorrow, my friends.
See ya then!