WHFS: Drive-ins

Heppy Whiskey Horror Wednesday to All!

What a shite-show of a year so far, no? Have we all aged as fast as ze president does in four years yet?
I feel older. I feel 40s opposed to 30s.
To tap into my youthful problem-solving skills, resilience, humor, and my go-with-the-flow-nature-I’ve-always-sought-but-never-achieved I decided to watch my Drive-In movie choices.
What is
a drive-in movie choice? It’s like a desert island pick (if you could only pick 2 movies out of cinematic history what 2 would you watch for – ever) but instead, we’re thinking about film pair-ups that are great for drive-in movie theatres– like Field of Dreams and Children of the Corn.

As a kiddo, in my homie/locale’s drive-in theatre in Mekoqueta, Midwest, we’d wear our No Fear shirts with glow-in-the-dark eyes, and passed dusk in the early dark, in the giant field full of cars, full of picnic blankets, they’d play a kid-friendly movie first and then a more adult-friendly pick — Like, Nemo and Big Fish for another example.  And we’d pay per car so it was a budget friendly way for the whole family to spend the afternoon-evening-early morning. Ya gotta get there early to get a good spot, dontcha know and then the end isn’t until 2 or 3 am so…

My drive-in theatre picks for late July WHFS are E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Crash (2004). I found some film reviews from Ebert so that we can learn from his writing and analytical stylings.
Who is Ebert?
your ..kiddos ask? He’s an ol’ Film Review writer who has successfully altered the historical literature about Film, he passed in 2013. Probably a flawed human being (if we’re remembering the Hollywood he knew) but he played a significant role in Film Critique and for better or worse his and Sisco’s reviews where what a lot of us I grew up reading.

Like, can we talk about the scene where the classroom of children nearly suffocate to kill and dissect frogs and how the protagonist and ET’s sidekick, Elliot, connects that to what happens to E.T. in the Medical tents? And stops it!

Rogert Ebert Reviews E.T.

“it won’t let you down. It tells a story about friendship and love. Some people are a little baffled when they hear it described: It’s about a relationship between a little boy and a creature from outer space that becomes his best friend. That makes it sound like a cross between “The Thing” and “National Velvet.” It works as science fiction, it’s sometimes as scary as a monster movie…
The movie takes place in and around a big American suburban development. The split-level houses march up and down the curved drives, carved out of hills that turn into forest a few blocks beyond the backyard. In this forest one night, a spaceship lands, and queer-looking little creatures hobble out of it and go snuffling through the night…”

Good writer, no? This guy seemed to give reviewing film the same level of dedication that RBG gives the constitution.


Ebert Reviews Crash

“The result is a movie of intense fascination; we understand quickly enough who the characters are and what their lives are like, but we have no idea how they will behave, because so much depends on accident. Most movies enact rituals; we know the form and watch for variations. “Crash” is a movie with free will, and anything can happen. Because we care about the characters, the movie is uncanny in its ability to…get us involved.
[Paul] Haggis writes with such directness and such a good ear for everyday speech that the characters seem real and plausible after only a few words. His cast is uniformly strong; the actors sidestep cliches and make their characters particular.”

This film came out like a heat wave and I think as a film loving community we are still processing and unpacking what this film really says. It seems to have been announcing and preparing us for the heat waves of protests that we are experiencing around the world.  That is to say, if you’re still not sure what protesters are protesting this film might give you some hints and could help instigate and further some important discussions that need to be and are being had about what power is and what it means to abuse power.

I lack knowledge about LA and most of what is seen in this film so I can only point to what I find interesting rather than truly express an opinion. I’d rather hear an opinion about this from someone who lives in or at least has been to LA.

Points of interest: Can we talk about that cop scene with the woman who won an award for her performance in the film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved in the early 2000s (in the midst of Danny Glover’s own award-winning performance…can we hold for a sec and read that book… or any Toni Morrison Book before reading this work further…)? Yes, I’m talking about the ever brilliant Thandie Newton.  Let’s talk about what the difference is between what ‘redemption’ of a criminal man is and what is ‘heroism’. I recently listened to a Marine talk about HONOR (i tried not to laugh the whole time), what is honor and why is it lacking in our commitments?

Can we talk more seriously about Michael Peña’s role’s and what scripts /roles he’s reading/play next?

…Can we talk about Ludacris’ or Ryan Phillippe’s performance or
should we even dare call attention to Donald Cheadle…I’m sorry, I know I’m supposed to watch the character in the film but i have a difficult time seeing him as anyone else other than international dignitary Mr. Don Cheadle.

WHFS drink pick:
Feel free to find the crowdfunding link on this website, wherever it has run off to, and contribute if you can and want. This post and research is brought to you thru a variety of funding streams and I am so happy to reciprocate with free advertising (ie none of the distilleries, breweries, actors, directors or anyone from the film crews,  etc, I pick for these posts ask me to say what i say or give me anything to encourage these mentions, it is, and I am, seriously free). That disclaimer being stated this week’s pick is
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery in Denver
A uniquely fashioned menu made by people who nerd out on their gifts for brewing as much as I nerd out on pop-cultura analysis.
Gondola Confessions Bourbon BA Russian Imperial Stout…This beer is no joke, this brew is real, real good. Albeit, as diverse as their menu is, it’s hard not to find a tasty cold one to enjoy at Jagged Mountain.’ 

As always, enjoy any beverage responsibly, even water.

Thanks for reading, responding, and creating/destroying your own art,
Anne Arkhane



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