Why Aren’t You Real: Empire Records

Sometimes I forget how much I love this movie. Sometimes someone asks me what’s one of your favorite movies and I stumble for a moment before I remember- Empire Records! Obviously this isn’t an award winning, audience stunning film, but I love it all the same. Rotten Tomatoes barely gives it a star but that doesn’t matter. Tonight I was able to watch it at Alamo Drafthouse and laughing and catcalling with the crowd made me practically pee my pants with joy.

Reasons I love Empire Records:

1. Because a declaration of love has never been so eloquent:

“And I did love you, and I still … only I didn’t realize that it really was love because it was more than love and it wasn’t just some stupid feeling in my stomach like everything else and I’ll never love anybody as much as you and I hate you! I hate you!”

2. It teaches how to deal with an armed assailant!

“Well you can’t kill me ‘cause I’m already dead. And I talked to God, and she says, ‘Yo, wassup?’ and she wants you to lose the gun.”

3. Empire Records teaches the importance of forgiveness. Even thief Warren who shoots up the place (with blanks) is welcomed back for a second chance.

4. Terrible music isn’t tolerated.

“I’m exercising my veto, man.”

5. It’s insanely quotable.

“I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.”

“Well “Sinead O’Rebellion.” Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior.”

“This music is the glue of the world Mark. It’s what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless.”

See what I mean?

6. Best soundtrack ever! Check it out.






In Austin Summer’s Already Started

I love, love, love outdoor movies. This may be one of my top favorite things in the world to do.  Wanna go to the drive-in? Yes, please. Wanna throw a blanket down at the park with a picnic while we watch … pretty much anything? Count me in. And Austin’s summer seems to embrace this in its entirety, for free. I’ve started my summer outdoor movie watching with a classic, Casablanca, which I viewed in Republic Square Park with two lovely ladies and a stupidly enormous amount of food. Although I’ve seen Casablanca several times and always enjoyed it, I’ve never loved it… until I watched it outside. Everything is more epic outside. You’re getting the big screen experience but in a relaxed environment where no one cares in you talk a little, drink a lot and bring in your own food. Movie theaters close you off so you can get the full experience, so you will think of nothing but the scenes that play before you. Outside movies draw you in but you remain conscious all the while of the world around you. Neither is particularly better than the other but more me, outdoor movies combine the best of all possible worlds: the pleasant evening air, picnics, friends and movies.

I’ll be watching movies outside all summer courtesy of Central Market, Whole Foods, and Austin Parks & Recreation; brought to me by Alamo Drafthouse.  To join me check out the listings in the Austin Chronicle. (I love Austin, a place where even the grocery store puts on outdoor movies! For Free!!)