It was a fabulous way to convene with others — well, at least our cars had a nice get together. But we too so enjoyed our evening in Paramount, California, at a special “plein air” screening of director/auteur Jordan Peele‘s ‘cultural’ horror picture, GET OUT (2017). The highly influential movie, projected on a super big screen, holds up very well three years later.
It’s part of Amazon Studio‘s curated series at drive-in theaters nationwide. We just got on board late in the game, but there is one more socially aware film program curated by Michael B. Jordan on offer August 26. Check it out here.
It’s such a good movie, as you root for a super-cool hero (the lovely actor, Daniel Kaluuya) as he navigates the weirdo world of white people. I like that he plays a photographer — perhaps a surrogate for the film’s talented auteur, Jordan Peele.
Two Southland drive-in movie theaters, the Paramount and Vineland, are participating in the screening events. These are real, extant drive-ins, not “pop ups.” That means intricate details like you park your car on a little mound of cement, facing upward, so everyone can see.
We responded to this party for cars (and people) as the drive-in movie generation that we are. Showing up as swells in a truck that would make the Beverly Hillbillies proud, we sipped-and-supped on Trader Joe’s sparkling rose in cans and salmon sandwiches. We miss our movie theaters — but this is a great add! One more detail: COVID conventions enforced. We went maskless “in” our car. Mask wearing enforced otherwise.
A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN: A CELEBRATION OF MULTI-CULTURAL VOICES IN FILM curated by Michael B. Jordan | thru August 26