You should have heard the cheer when we were told that Hunter S. Thompson's cremains had just been blasted into the sky above his Colorado compound. It was a cathartic collective whooping, many of us shaky-voiced on the verge of laughter or tears or both. It was at the Inwood Theater's midnight screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in August 2005, six months after Thompson checked out, and for many in the theater that night the emotions were still raw. To hear that Thompson had once again barreled past logistical and legal obstacles to set off that final explosion was a triumph, one in which we were immensely proud to have even a vicarious part. For some, it was a chance to participate in something like a wake, complete with heartfelt eulogies. For othersaw, who am I kidding, for pretty much everyone in the theaterit was also a chance to get fucked up and watch a great drug movie on the big screen. Terry Gilliam's 1998 adaptation of Fear and Loathing screens at midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theater, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-764-9106.
Fri., Dec. 7; Sat., Dec. 8, 2007