There's nothing quite like the experience of being in a movie theater filled with stoned people. It's marked by lots of crowd interaction, loud conversations, laughing (at appropriate moments or not), abnormally frequent disturbances as people leave and come back, and the occasional hacking cough followed by a billow of smoke rising into the projection. We're not judging--in fact, if anything, it adds a sort of communal feel to the moviegoing experience that has been in short supply since people's attention spans atrophied to the point that they can't refrain from tweeting and texting during a film. At least, that's been our experience with stoned audiences--especially during doper-friendly movies like Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas in the Inwood Theatre's Midnight Madness series. And the theater's current midnight movie, Easy Rider, certainly qualifies as doper-friendly. The 1969 vehicle for Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper is a classic, if dated, quest story about a pair of bikers' coke-funded, LSD-and-pot-fueled journey to Mardi Gras. It proved a touchstone for biker, road and psychedelic cinema, and was perhaps Hopper's greatest role until Blue Velvet. Midnight screenings are Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre (a non-smoking venue, need we remind you?), 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Sept. 17-18, 2010