I know who I’m gonna call

Dan and I went to see Ghostbusters last Saturday on the big screen. It was awesome, because I had only ever seen it on video or DVD before, and I really love this movie. I think because I was only seven when it came out, my parents must have decided we were too young to see it. The first time I ever saw it was on HBO a year or two later. I remember that vividly: it was the first movie we ever taped on our rather new VCR. We set it up to watch it live as a family, and we taped it while we watched and ate dinner. It was one of those rare times we ate in the family room in front of the TV. The menu was probably tacos, since that was our weekend relaxed dinner staple.

Kelly and I proceeded to watch the tape over and over again through the years, and I only replaced it with a DVD sometime after college. It actually had been awhile since I’d seen it, which made seeing it last week even more enjoyable. I was struck throughout by how young all the actors looked, particularly Dan Aykroyd. Man, it was fun. Some in the audience wanted to turn it into a semi-Rocky-Horror experience, singing and calling out “Ghostbusters!” every time the Ray Parker, Jr., song came on, which was actually a little annoying, mostly because that sort of thing only works when most of the theater is involved, and this was instigated by maybe half a dozen people. At the other end of the spectrum, though, were those who clearly had never seen it before. Some of them seemed to be expecting it to be more of a horror movie than it is, as they jumped and screamed at various points. All in all, though, it was truly one of my best moviegoing experiences. We’ll have to keep an eye on what other classics the River Oaks Theater has coming up as midnight movies.

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