The Inlander is 20 years old. Yeah, time flies.
We're celebrating our birthday tonight (6:30 pm doors/bars open, 7:30 pm movie) at the Bing Crosby Theater with a screening of Dazed and Confused, one of the first films reviewed in the paper. No-Li Brewhouse is providing the beer (at a completely reasonable $3/pint) and you'll get to see a documentary about the founding of the Inlander.
Most likely, though, you're coming to watch Dazed and Confused because you think the Richard Linklater flick is one of the best films of the past 20 years. You're not alone in your thinking.
You could dismiss this as a stoner comedy, which, OK, I'll admit it is. But there's a hell of a lot more to it than that. Linklater takes a snapshot of his own mid 1970s Texas high school experience, which to those of us viewing in the mid '90s (or today, for that matter) found nearly ideal, at least if you wanted to have a good time. The beer was plentiful. The teachers didn't care if you wandered the halls. You could throw a huge party in a public park with little consequence. You could also, if you were an asshole, insist on paddling incoming freshman with a fervor that would land you in jail for a few years if done these days.
But Dazed and Confused is also a masterfully told story. It takes place all in one day and uses two characters — Randall "Pink" Floyd and Mitch Kramer — to tie together the entirety of a high school's social landscape. There are some outrageous moments, for sure, but there isn't another "high school movie" that's so accurately captured the social constructs and deviance of teenagers.
And don't forget, It features one of the best rock and roll soundtracks of any film. Oh, and Wooderson. That dudes deserves a museum.
So here are five of the greatest scenes from this classic film.
The very first issue of the Inlander, back in October of 1993, featured stories about the opening of Boo Radley’s and the newest Pearl Jam album. The second issue featured a cover story about the “coffee craze” and a review of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused:
“Like the montage of photos in our high school yearbooks, Dazed and Confused conjures memories not everyone will welcome. But even those suffering the most severe denial may find themselves growing a little bit nostalgic when they hear Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion, or worse, chiming in on the chorus of Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out.’”
The movie looked back 17 years to 1976, a time of T-shirts emblazoned with Adidas logos and notebook doodles of marijuana leaves (according to that same review). Now, of course, we’re looking back even farther on 1993, which I remember as an era of Lisa Frank stickers and watching Aladdin on VHS at slumber parties.
Join us in doubling the nostalgia with a showing of Dazed and Confused this Thursday for a special edition of the Suds & Cinema series at the Bing Crosby Theater. No-Li will be pouring $3 beers, and we’ll have a short documentary about the history of the Inlander before the feature film.
Join the Facebook event here.
It's with great joy that I announce the next film, slated to run on September 11 at the Bing Crosby Theater: ANIMAL HOUSE. This 1978 film (which takes place somewhat inexplicably in 1962) taught us about unabashed partying, horse deconstruction, the song "Shout," John Belushi and the importance of spending at least eight years in college.
You voted for it and so that's what we'll be watching as you drink $3 pints from Orlison Brewing Company, the lager-specialized brewery formerly known as Golden Hills.
If you haven't been to a Suds and Cinema event yet, here's the skinny: We show a movie that you've probably already seen and serve you excellent local beer. I get up on the stage, talk about the beer with the brewers while drinking beer then ramble on at length about the importance of the selected film then let you watch it, yelling things at the screen, if you so choose. We take an intermission for refills, and then we watch the rest of the movies. Sometimes people get up and dance. Sometimes people smash printers. It's all a great time. Seriously.
In May we showed you Teen Wolf. In June you voted for Office Space. Now, after a summer hiatus — we were busy moving to our new HQ — we've got a date for the next Suds & Cinema event on Sept. 11.
Now all we need is the movie. Vote from these five suggested by readers, including a reappearance from last time's runner-up, Spaceballs. Scroll down for trailers if you're not sure which way to cast your vote. Voting ends at 5 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Harry and the Hendersons
Here at Inlander HQ, we’re getting ready to move to our new building in Kendall Yards pretty soon. We’ve been clearing out some papers, letting other things pile up and thinking about what needs to be taken down from the walls. We’ve been told next week is the beginning of The Big Purge. It almost feels like the end of the school year, back when summer break started the day you cleared out the markers and folders from your desk.
The thing is, there is no summer break for adults. (Teachers, we know you have a hard gig, so we’re just going to let that slide.) We’ll clear out our desks and then move right into new ones. The sun will keep shining and we’ll keep staring at our screens.
So, even though we love our jobs, it seems like perfect timing for the next Suds & Cinema feature movie at The Bing: Office Space. You voted, and it was a good choice.
This time, the “suds” part of the event will be the Goatmeal Stout and Lawnmower Summer Session IPA from Iron Goat Brewing Co. Admission is $4, each beer is $3, and there will be an intermission for your drinking pleasure.
To give credit where credit’s due, our printer at Inlander HQ works pretty well.
(And then we checked for availability, etc. etc.)
And we are happy to finally announce that the June 19 Suds & Cinema movie will be... drumroll, please... Office Space!
Thanks for voting, everyone. Spaceballs took a close second, and the others put up a good fight, too. Once it gets to be June we'll be doing ticket giveaways on Facebook, so keep an eye out for that. Now get the hell away from your computer/smartphone and go enjoy this almost-sunny Friday, OK?
We selected a few of the popular movies readers suggested on Facebook earlier this week, and now you get to vote. Voting ends at 2 pm on Friday, May 10. One vote per person, please. We'll announce the winner next week.
UPDATE: We just heard the Bing Crosby Theater is already showing Ghostbusters on June 21 and 22 in conjunction with the Mobius Science Center. So we're taking that out of the running — if you voted for Ghostbusters, feel free to vote again for your second choice.
If you can't remember which of these movies is most awesome, scroll down for trailers.
In alpabetical order:
Ghostbusters See update above
National Lampoon's Vacation
Peewee's Big Adventure
What you might not know, however, is that this film invented a sport called van surfing. Essentially, all you need is a van (a delivery truck will do, if you find yourself vanless) upon which to stand while your unreliable friend drives through busy suburban streets. I'm not finding any hard statistics but it's almost impossible if the inclusion of van surfing in Teen Wolf didn't lead to the death of at least one impressionable teen in the 1980s.
Don't van surf. It's terribly illegal, not to mention tacky. And, just because Michael J. Fox does something, that doesn't mean you should. I mean, you wouldn't travel back in time just because of Back to the Future would you? Time travel is hella dangerous! Probably more dangerous than van surfing.
So, yeah, don't do this. Instead, watch videos of it and shake your head at the recklessness that was 1985 in America.
And yes, there are idiots who actually tried this.
That movie, of course, is a little flick called Teen Wolf and I wrote about it at length in this week's paper.
It's all happening at the Bing Crosby Theater and here are the details.
You might think Teen Wolf is just a silly '80s movie, but that's where you're wrong. What other film gives you the sort of advice dished out by the film's coach Bobby Flinstock? He's the guy who gave us the three rules to live by. Watch below and then we'll see you on Wednesday.
Beautiful Ruins, the latest novel by Jess Walter, has already been a New York Times Bestseller and a frequent-appearer on pretty much every “Best Books of 2012” list created. It’s been called a “literary miracle” and an “elegant meditation on fame, desire, duty, and fate.”
But now the book going to become what, at heart, it was really meant to be: a movie.
And it’s not just that it’s a Hollywood novel. Did anyone read it and not want to see the rugged patch of Italian coast, the set of Cleopatra in Rome? It’s got movie stars, aspiring screenplay writers, flashbacks, sweeping landscape shots, meaningful closeups and plenty of action to keep people at the edge of their seats during the final 30 minutes. And, hello, Richard Burton.
Filmmaker Todd Field of Cross Creek Pictures is teaming up with Smuggler Films to produce the adaptation, they announced today. Field and Walter will write the screenplay.
Walter has been involved adapting some of his other books into screenplays: His first book, about Ruby Ridge, became a TV miniseries starring Laura Dern, Randy Quaid and Kirsten Dunst. His financial crisis novel, The Financial Lives of the Poets, is apparently still becoming a movie, Bailout, starring Jack Black.
But, in a Salon interview after Beautiful Ruins was published, Walter makes it clear that he doesn’t think of his novels as movies as he writes them.
“People sometimes ask who I would cast in my books and I never have any idea. I don’t think I could ever write a book thinking of it as a movie the whole time. This would be like building a house and filling it with furniture just so you could have blueprints.”
He also reveals, in this Hollywood.com interview, that he wrote and abandoned a chapter for Beautiful Ruins in which he made a cameo as himself, pitching his novel The Zero to producers who aren’t very impressed. Maybe they could bring it back for the DVD extras?
For those who always like the book better than the movie, Walter and many other Northwest writers are participating in the Get Lit! Festival, with events going on all week.
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