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July 22, 2007

Rolling Roadshow: Boogie Nights

I missed all the bittersweet festivities when the original Alamo Drathouse closed its doors last month; my memories of it end, alongside so many other things, at SXSW back in March. But I can't tell you how nice it was to see their logo in that Reseda parking lot when I pulled up for the Rolling Roadshow 10th Anniversary screening of Boogie Nights last night. And I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see the film itself on the big screen again. Seeing that irradiated 35mm image cut across the parking lot, hearing the cheers from the crowd when those characters made their grandstanding entrances. The fabled prosthetic was there (it seemed smaller in person). So was PTA, although I missed his introduction, arriving just in time to catch the tail end of the Alamo's vintage trailer presentation preceding the feature. I don't know how long it's been since I've actually seen the Boogie Nights (although the commentary tracks provide recurring white noise on late nights working) but I felt like I was watching it for the first time. Which I suppose is a sign that I've aged, althoguh the film iteslf sure hasn't. It's better than ever.

It was a good time to see it, too. Work's been pretty slow these past two weeks. Can't quite quantify or qualify it.

Posted by David Lowery at July 22, 2007 2:28 PM