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TGIF everyone!!

Scream 4 comes out today, and I will DEFINITELY be seeing it at some point this weekend. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies (and especially the super-gory ones of the early 00’s like Saw) but I have always loved the Scream Trilogy for some reason (order of favorites: 1,3,2) and I’m really excited to see the next installment. Especially with the original writer, director AND the important main cast members returning (plus Emma Roberts, whom I love. I blame the Nancy Drew movie she was in.)

So, in honor of Scream, and other horror flicks of that era (specifically I Know What You Did Last Summer) here’s the middle part of Boy Meets World’s super awesome horror homage “And Then There Was Shawn”:

I hope everyone reading has a great weekend!

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TGIF everybody! Today’s quote is from Step By Step! I love when shows have random little inside jokes like this one — Jean Luc is talking to Carol (Susanne Sommers) who also played Crissy from Three’s Company so OF COURSE she looks like her. Kind of like the Disney World episode of Full House where Steve cameos as Aladdin (he was the voice of Aladdin in the films).

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good Friday! I’m actually about to dash off to see Soul Surfers — one of about a billion movies coming up that I want to see. I’m really excited — a feel good film starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb, who are some of my favorites!

I can’t actually find a relevant clip of Step By Step this week – SO instead, here’s the link to the Soul Surfers trailer … and here’s a vlog I made today as part of VEDA (that’s Vlog Every Day in April) where I talk about Soul Surfers and last night’s Vampire Diaries. Did anyone else watch?! Let me know what you thought because I NEED more people to talk about it with.

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I have always loved the idea of a drive-in theater. I can probably blame Grease for that, but they always seemed so incredibly cool.

Like a mix of large-theater bonding and privacy-of-own-home luck of NOT being able to hear that guy 3 cars down talking way too loudly during the film.

They felt so retro American (thanks, Grease and love of all-things-50s!) and I’d unfortunately never been able to go to one before — they weren’t exactly a staple in NC and even though LA is the Movie Capital of the World, most of theirs have been put out of commission — so I have pretty much romanticized them to death.

 

THEY probably went to lots of drive-ins

BUT. For my birthday this year? I GOT TO GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE. *Cue happy dancing hot dog commercials I was so sure I would see*

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Hipstamatic makes this appropriately old-school

Actually, I got to go to two, since the theater Jeremy found (like an hour-ish away…) played double features.

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Which two to choose...

We decided on Hop/Rango, since I was really interested in Hop (Russell Brand, James Marsden & Kayley Cuoco!) and Jeremy wanted to see Rango. Win, win!

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We got there a little early, since traffic can be hard to judge out here, and the movies didn’t start until dusk, but that just meant I had PLENTY of time to photograph our surroundings. (Most photos taken with Hipstamatic for iPhone, mostly b/c I found the camera settings appropriately retro).

One of the big screens:

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Our sweet movie-viewing set-up:

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I kept trying to get the screen in the background, but failing:

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FINALLY almost time for the movies to start!

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The way you listen to the films being projected is that you tune to a specific radio station (since they’re outdoors, and there were 4 separate screens, it would be a little difficult to have sound systems for each screen without major overlap). It was a little scratchy at times, but overall worked really well! It was really weird to run to the restroom though, and see things playing & not hearing anything but empty outdoor space and the occasional train.

And the movies them selves were decent choices. Hop was really funny/adorable for most of the movie, though the plot (well, PLOTS) was (were) a little jumbled at times. Russell Brand apparently makes an adorable bunny, in case any one was wondering. Rango, while a little more cohesive on the plot front…was a little confusing. It looked great visually, but for those thinking that Rango is a kiddy movie just because it’s animated (thank you, misleading previews) should look a little more into it before taking any youngsters. It’s actually much more of a classic western movie, with a fair amount of the classic film Chinatown thrown in, that just happens to be populated with lizards and other animals…and a (SPOILER?) Clint Eastwood look-alike.

While it’s a bit too far of a drive to make this a semi-frequent trip, I’ll definitely be checking back periodically to see if any other double features are playing that I’m DYING to see. It’s definitely an experience I would recommend if you can find a drive-in near you!

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