It was a dark and stormy night

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I decided to see the new Ghostbusters movie at the old 88 Drive-in. Still standing since the 1960’s or before. Named after the Rocket 88 Oldsmobile perhaps as well as the street closest to it in Commerce City, Colorado.
Nestled just outside the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. A former weapons depot and perhaps Superfund site ?
A great place to bring the kids. Most people don’t worry about it these days.
The sky on the way up from Denver was tremendous.

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Once at this outdoor movie palace, I vaguely recalled having visited here before with much beer and some friends back in the 1970’s.

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The bathrooms here are still dirty. The ads on the screen implore you the audience to visit the snack bar as most of the ticket price goes to the movie studio.
Two drinks and a pizza for $16 isn’t too bad, but I ate my smuggled-in food instead. I am a rat for doing that-

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I know.

Then there’s the movie.
A neat idea to cast Ghostbusters with a female cast. The movie steers away from the original version pretty well-at first.These are new characters with new weirdnesses to exploit for comedy.
Despite a valiant effort to reinvigorate a 30-year old classic with fresh ideas and new twists, it still comes down to fighting off the giant 500-foot tall monster at the end… just like back in 1984.
Chris Hemsworth brings a welcome oddness to the film as a block-headed poster boy who’s several standard deviations behind the Ghostbusters team in IQ.
Melissa McCarthy is the alpha-female of the group.
Kate McKinnon as engineer Jillian Holtzmann seems to be channeling her inner Jane Lynch.
Bill Murray in a cameo looks old and tired.
The best thing about the original film was how original it was: a terrifying and odd and hilarious movie that came out of nowhere.
This movie is a little like old wine in new bottles. It will sell plenty of tickets. But it won’t startle and amaze anyone with its inspired weirdness as the original film did.

photos: D.Townsell
Ghostbusters cast photo: Superherohype.com

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