Blue Skies Above Us

Surf flick screenings

For those in Portland. Not enough people are taking advantage of these great free showings at Verite. The place is comfy and cool. Tonight I watched Manhattan, and the place was filled with me, a friend, and a bunch of empty chairs. So tomorrow (or, rather, today, since it’s after midnight right now), how about coming to 3956 N. Mississippi Ave. and watching Woody Allen’s Zelig?

IMDB says: “Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others.”

It’ll be good. So come. It’s free. Just walk inside, say hi to the desk, and then go downstairs. Bring food and eat it, if you’re hungry. 8pm.

Why aren’t more people taking advantage of these free movies?

And then, starting in May, my friend S, in association with me, will be screening surf flicks each Tuesday at Verite. The first one, next Tuesday, will be Five Summer Stories. This will be great, especially on the big screen. You don’t need to surf to enjoy these flicks. Five Summer Stories is a gorgeous film, documenting some great beach scenes from the ’70s. But there’s also footage of a guy (named Guy) breaking the landspeed record on a skateboard.

In June I plan to show three of Sonny Miller’s surf films from the early 90s: The Search, The Search II, and Beyond the Boundaries. They make up the ultimate triumvirate of surf flicks. Great cinematography, exotic locales, wonderful soundtracks. Very well-made movies. The theme is of wandering the (mostly) Indian Ocean on a big boat, setting anchor, and then hopping off at amazing places. There’s a lot more to it than just that, though, so I shouldn’t try to summarize..

And then, if I can get a copy of Bali High with the original soundtrack, I’m going to screen that. If not, then I’ll screen the Powell Peralta skate video from 1988, Public Domain.

So remember, Tuesdays, 8pm!

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Founded 2005. Over the years I've posted writing, comics, ringtones, and stuff about maps, bikes, programming, pinball. And I had a robust music blog mostly about '90s hardcore punk (category = music).