So last night, I went by myself to see 1982’s First Blood, which was back in theaters for one night only. I did this even though I’d been up ‘til 4 a.m. the night before writing about the Top Model season finale. Even though I knew my DVR wasn’t gonna be recording The Office and Ugly Betty because it’s out of space. Even though Slezak was totally serious about us going out to find a mojito to drown his Women’s-Murder-Club-got-canceled blues in.
And I’m so glad I did. It renewed my faith in the movie-going experience. No one talked during the film, or during the taped interview with Sylvester Stallone (pictured) that preceded it. There was just the shared giggles over David Caruso’s uncharacteristically enthusiastic presence. (“I knew there was something about that guy!”) The universal round of applause when the late, great Richard Crenna made his entrance as Col. Samuel Trautman. (“God didn’t make Rambo… I made ‘im.”) And the mass marvel at the ballad “It’s a Long Road” playing over the end credits.
Which movie would you love to see back in theaters, for one night only? I still dream of watching the 1948 Montgomery Clift-John Wayne western Red River at a drive-in. And I know for a fact that witnessing Gene Kelly just dancin’ and singin’ in the rain on the big screen would bring me to happy tears.
Also, if you’ve got a theater in your town that plays older films, give it a plug.