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Sunshine at Midnight: Labyrinth

Last night I went to see Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and featuring music composed by and performed by David Bowie. The theater was crowded, the movie has aged really fucking well, and it was an all-around hilarious and memorable experience.

It was my first midnight movie ever. The Landmark Sunshine has organized the midnight screenings for a while, with a lot of quality and/or cult movies, but this time was the right time to go. The movie was really fun, but it was even funner watching it with a crowd that really loves the movie. I liked that it didn’t seem like dour people who were overprotective of the movie; instead, we laughed hysterically at all the silly dialogue, the way intense acting, and the ~*SFX*~. People cheered every time Bowie showed up on screen (who wouldn’t!), when everyone’s favorite characters showed up, people sang along and yelled at the screen imploring Jennifer Connelly to get her shit together to get through the labyrinth. Fuck, people even cheered at all 2 of the trailers shown before the movie.

I just want to take this brief moment to give props to the theater for only showing two trailers, and even more props because the trailers were for Rear Window and The Royal Tenenbaums. People clamored for both.

But back to the movie. The effects are now outdated, but the puppets are still incredibly well-made. That’s a labor of love, really. Holla, Jim Henson! Even my least favorite part (the puppets who lose their heads) didn’t seem as bad on the big screen.

Oh, by the way? The cackling and hooting over Bowie’s distracting package was great.

Here’s my favorite part in the entire movie:

Also, here’s the list of the upcoming midnight screenings, they’ve got some fantastic shit lined up.

New 35mm print! David Bowie in Labyrinth · Jan 18, 19 & 20
Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas · Jan 25 & 26
Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums · Feb 1 & 2
The Rolling Stones in Gimme Shelter · Feb 8 & 9
3 Nights! Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange · Feb 15, 16 & 17
Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Blazing Saddles · Feb 22 & 23
Al Pacino in Brian De Palma’s Scarface · Feb 29 & Mar 1
James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window · Mar 7 & 8
Prince & Apollonia in Purple Rain · Mar 14 & 15
Tequila! Pee-wee’s Big Adventure · Mar 21 & 22


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