Posted at 9:02 AM on December 22, 2008
by Euan Kerr
The seasonal aspects of movie going shouldn't ever be ignored. Summer movies, with the excitement of the vacation blockbusters and the occasional escape from the horrors of goopy humidity, are great. And of course there is the chance to watch under the stars at the drive-in.
Yet in my mind it all pales to the prospect of seeing a movie in the snow. There is just something about struggling through the wind and the swirling white stuff to immerse yourself in some distant adventure which is truly magical. Then when you leave the theater you carry that glow.
We had a family adventure to see "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" over the weekend, immersing ourselves in Woody Allen's vision of the warmth of a Spanish summer. It did a great job of providing enough heat to ward off the windchill.
The film was at the Riverview in Minneapolis and our visit reminded us of the 60th anniversary celebration the theater holds tonight and tomorrow. They will be screening the wondrous adaptation of the Jean Shepherd classic "A Christmas Story." They are charging 50 cents or a canned good for the Minnehaha Foodshelf to get in, and popcorn and drinks are also 50 cents.
Many happy returns Riverview. Here's a little Christmas Story to celebrate in advance.