Saturday, November 10, 2007

Working On A Saturday ... Excellent

Much like the reporters, we editors here at the Register work a Saturday-night shift once every four months or so. Well, I'm on tonight.

Because of that, I thought, well, wouldn't my good ol' friends on the Web like to hear from me, since I have some time? I didn't really hear an answer when I posed the question in my mind, but I know that if I did present it to people — by yelling it out the window or something — the sound that came back would be a resounding "Hell, yeah, Pat, we want a blog entry." OK, OK, stop yelling.

When I get out of here, I'm heading over to the Criterion to catch the late-night screening of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure." I remember seeing the movie in theaters when I was when I was 10, back in 1989. Weirdly, I vividly remember that I didn't feel good walking into the cinema (an old 3-screen thing in Milford, Mass., that was connected to the K-Mart), and so I puked on the sidewalk. My parents wanted to take me home, but I resisted and said I felt fine. I didn't. I sucked it up, though, and made it through the movie. On the way out, I threw up again.

Isn't that a great story? I hope you're not eating or anything.

Anyway, the real reason for this entry is to once again talk about what the Criterion is doing Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. I've mentioned it in print dozens of times, but it's worth writing here, in cyberspace. Insomnia Theater and Movies and Mimosas are two of the coolest programs in the city.

For Insomnia Theater, Criterion becomes like an old art-house theater and shows old, cultish movies like "Bill & Ted's" late at night. I've gotten to see a good amount of movies I never saw on the big screen this way. I saw "Bottle Rocket" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and so much more. Way cool. The cinema puts on the flicks at 11:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

On Sunday mornings, the Temple Street cinema becomes home to Movies and Mimosas, which mostly shows classic movies and gives folks a chance to buy cheap mimosas. I took my parents to see "Miracle On 34th Street" a couple years ago when they came to visit. It's a good thing to think about when your family comes to visit. You can watch a movie and not talk to them, while having a great time. I'm kidding, of course, but it's nice.

All right then, that's pretty much all I've got. I hope your weekend is going as well as mine. I'm done, now. We'll talk soon, though, so don't fret. I love you all.

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