Saturday, July 12, 2008

Movie Review - The Wizard of Oz

Ok, so this isn't really a movie review. But, if for some odd reason you haven't seen the movie, see it! Moron!

I went last night to Hudson River Park, at Pier 46, to see this movie outdoors. It was spectacular. The weather was the absolute best you could expect of a summer night, the sky was clear and the company (Ali) was amazing. Ali and I met up at Murray's cheese at 6:45p to pick out our dinner. We got three hunks of different cheeses, including a nice nutty manchego with quince paste (look it up, I'm too lazy to link) and a fresh baguette from Amy's Breads.

We walked over to the pier through the West Village and when we got there we were nearly overrun by children. They were everywhere and for a second I thought that we would be the only adults there. But not to worry, The Wizard Of Oz outdoors on a summer night is too good of an idea to not attract a few more people. Sure enough, on second glance, there were plenty of adults around. In fact, the astro turf of the pier (softer than the astro turf of my youth) was covered with blankets. The best we could do for seating was all the way up front but it was actually great. We weren't cramped in and had an unobstructed view of the screen.

Five minutes after we got there, Viv showed up with her friend Lou. She TOTALLY scammed my idea (which, truth be told, was nicked by me from Abby) and they spread out a blanket next to us. 20 minutes later, I see Lisa and Andy scoping their own place! They also spread out next to us and the six of us shared all of our food and had a nice picnic together.

The movie started at dusk and it was a wonderful experience. Laying out under the stars (you could see the little dipper last night!) on a blanket and pillow, your best girl by your side and your stomach full of wine and cheese and bread, watching Dorothy throwing down bombs (or buckets of water) on the Wicked Witch of the West was just heaven.

If you have the chance to do one of these movies outdoors things, do it. There's plenty to choose from:

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