The Jericho Drive-In should win Entertainment Venue of the Year 2020

Normally, a drive-in theater would pack up all their gear after Halloween, close the gates, and hang a “thank you, see you in the spring” sign on their marquee, and call it a year worth operating. Then there’s the Jericho Drive-In. In a normal year, they’d be happy for another year of operation. Then the…

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Footloose on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

Yes, I know I’ve never seen Footloose. It came out in the early 1980’s, and I never honestly had a chance or a desire to see it.  Yeah, I heard all the songs from the movie on my radio, and I saw the music video with clips of the film all the time on MTV.…

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So I did Dark Side of the Rainbow last night…

I really have to hand it to the Jericho Drive-In.  They’ve been able to rise above this godawful pandemic and make a movie season worth enjoying. It seems like each night, there’s something special happening at the Glenmont ozone movie palace.  They’ve hosted a dozen high school graduations, they’ve hosted a wedding (which was later…

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Hamilton on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

Okay, I realize this is stretching the boundaries of the rules for the Royale with Cheese Movie Club, in which I review films that everyone in the world has seen (except me). But technically, it seems like EVERYONE has seen this Broadway show at some point or another, either in New York City or as…

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The Warner Bros. cartoons that should stay out of circulation

I had thought about this blog post for a while, and I wasn’t really sure how to approach it. In fact, I shelved this blog for a while. Until I heard that HBO Max was bringing back the Warner Bros. cartoon characters in a new iteration of Looney Tunes cartoons. See, in bringing back the…

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Excellent! (air guitar riff)

Thirty years ago, I watched an amazing comedy movie, one that at the time was so far out of left field it could have been in an other stadium.  Two slackers, tasked with writing a high school history paper, use a time machine to travel back in history, they meet up with famous people, they…

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My Neighbor Totoro on the Royale With Cheese Movie Club

My son Kris is a big fan of Hiyao Miyazaki films.  Kris even has some of the Miyazaki characters as personal tattoos. So when my HBO Now subscription upgraded to HBO Max, and I discovered I now had access to the entire Miyazaki catalog, I asked Kris which film I should start with. “You could…

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The “Three Word Movie” Game

I had fun yesterday on Facebook with a bit of a friend-participation game.  It’s a challenge, a fun challenge at that. Take any movie, and try to challenge people to identify it. But you’re only allowed to use three words to describe the movie. And, as a tougher challenge, you’re not allowed to use any…

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What if you could watch the most controversial Disney movie RIGHT NOW?

In 1946, Disney produced a film that integrated animated and live-action segments together.  It wasn’t the first time Disney did this – in the silent era, Disney’s “Alice” shorts featured a live-action actress interacting with animated characters.  But this film WAS Disney’s first full-length attempt to create such a process, and it would be replicated…

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