drive-in fourth of july

tonight we actually made plans and stuff – whoo ee! we decided to check out the “raleigh road outdoor theater”:http://www.raleighroaddrivein.com/ in henderson, which is about an hour away from my house. they promised fireworks and a movie we wanted to see, but not pay full price for.

i can’t help but compare to our dear departed starlite theater. while i’m glad we do have a living drive-in in the area still, it doesn’t compare to the starlite. the food is not as good, and visibility of the screen isn’t as good. getting to the bathrooms and concessions was kind of a cluster.

on the up side, the prices are good, and they gave reese a couple of milk bone treats at the box office. the staff are nice and they even had someone walking around helping people tie down their tailgates so they wouldn’t block the view of those behind them. they don’t allow SUV’s and trucks in the first three rows, either.

on the way home we decided to drive by the starlite to see how it was looking and whether there’s a for sale sign up. that may have been a mistake. it turns out that they _took the screen down._ this makes me SO angry. after all we went through, and all the money we raised to rebuild the screen after it burned down… to just take it down. and the old neon framework with it! the marquee was still there, bob’s rotting trailer is still there, and i think i glimpsed the concession / projection building. why the _hell_ take the screen down and leave the other structures up?

yeah, i’m pissed, and i really miss the starlite.

if we go back to the raleigh road, i’d like to go in spacepod so we can park up front, and go on a slow night so the concession stand won’t be such a huge pain.

oh yeah – and another difference between the raleigh road and the starlite – while J was out walking reese he observed that in rows eight and nine, the cars were all parked really far away from each other, and there are used condoms on the ground. niiiiice. i remember Bob at the starlite telling me about how he’d patrol the lot during the movies, and if anyone seemed to be getting it on, he’d tap on their windows and make them stop.

more brief movie recaps

* *Michael Clayton* – it’s a solid movie but just not that memorable. Clooney needs to be able to joke around and be charming; he never gets to do that in this movie.

* *Eastern Promises* – modern-day Russian spy thriller; what’s not to love? Naked, tattooed Viggio Mortensen fighting in a men’s bathhouse. Lots of homo-erotic subtext, verging on being text. Should have been nominated for Best Picture; I hope Mortensen takes home the statue for Best Actor. But he probably won’t.

movies and metallic sweat

i’ve been watching a lot of movies. for posterity (or my own memory) here are my brief evaluations of what i’ve seen this week:

* *Juno* – Awesome. Keep listening to the soundtrack and want to see it again when it comes out on video.

* *Cashback* – Another youth movie. Also pretty awesome. Distracting that the star plays Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter movies, but I’d lost the sensation of _hey, that’s oliver wood!_ by the end of the movie. A really nice film.

* *Suburban Girl* – Having been a huge Buffy fan, I retain a loyalty to SMG and like to watch her romantic comedies. Stuff like this probably doesn’t do anything for her career, but I really enjoy her more in something with some emotional range rather than in a horror movie. Nice.

* *Once* – nice but not earth-shattering. the improbability of an unrehearsed band getting a big, OTT GYBE-esque song perfectly right on the first take in a studio was a bit distracting. some nice moments between the two leads, though.

Tonight it’s Oscars catch-up time: MM is coming over to watch some combination of *Michael Clayton*, *Eastern Promises*, or *Across the Universe*. We both saw ATU in the theater but loved it and want to see it again.

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very odd experience on monday and tuesday of feeling like i was sweating chrome all day. decided to stop taking the vitamin supplements i had started. that sensation is gone today so.. yeah. i won’t do that again.

Durham Screen Savers

Just ran across this: “DurhamScreenSavers.org.”:http://DurhamScreenSavers.org Although there seems to be no mission statement obvious on the site, I believe the idea is to try to bring the Starlite Drive-In back, or something.

The Starlite is currently for sale, for just under 1.2 mil. Full deets “here.”:http://www.starlite-drivein.com/news.html

Cameras and projectors

I’ve accumulated many cameras and projectors over the years. It would be a stretch to say that I need, much less have any use for, most of them. Some of them have emotional significance but I am trying not to dwell on that too much as I decide which ones to get rid of.

still cameras:

Still cameras

video camcorders:

camcorders

8mm and Super-8 movie cameras:

8mm and Super-8 movie cameras

8mm and Super-8 projectors:

8mm and Super-8 projectors

My grandfather's 8mm projector

auto mechanics and little miss sunshine

i finally saw this movie the other night. i downloaded the soundtrack while the end credits were rolling, and i can’t stop listening to it. i loved the movie itself; the humor is dark, but not bleak, and in the end it’s sweet and heartwarming in a completely non-gross way.

but here’s a question for any car nerds who may be reading this: if a manual transmission vehicle– a vw bus, for instance– loses first and second, would you really need to be rolling to start it? i mean, you could start it, and you could probably get moving in third if you really tried. i know, because i couldn’t find first in my van when first got it, and i started in third several times.

i mean the whole device of having everyone push the van is great for the story and provides a very charming visual, but methinks the, er, physics of the situation is a little inaccurate.

Herbie at the drive-in!

I mentioned to the Starlite folks that if they booked “the new Herbie movie,”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0400497/ I’d promote it to every VW club I could find in the area. Initially they told me that they only book first-runs… but they changed their mind and booked Herbie anyway!

This Saturday, September 10th, I’m encouraging all local VW folks to come out in force for the screening.

If you know anyone with a VW who might be up for this, tell them to git on out there!

Of course, Friends of VW’s are also quite welcome. You know who you are!

Check out the fab new “Starlite web site”:http://www.starlite-drivein.com/ for lots of details.