October 3rd, 2011 / 9:01 am
Events & Film

HTMLGIANT Meetup: “Two-Lane Blacktop” (Chicago)

Warren Oates, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, and James Taylor in "Two-Lane Blacktop."

This coming weekend (October 8th & 9th), Chicago’s Music Box Theatre is screening Monte Hellman and Rudy Wurlitzer‘s 1971 masterpiece Two-Lane Blacktop. Long overlooked, Two-Lane has for the past five years or so been enjoying a critical renaissance, and is increasingly regarded as one of the greatest films of the ’70s. (Click here to read some of my own thoughts on it.) And right now is an especially opportune time to see it, what with its grandchild Drive currently killing things in theaters.

There are two screenings, one Saturday, one Sunday, each at 11:30 AM. I’ll be attending the Saturday 11:30 AM show. Anyone care to join me? The movie is 102 minutes long and I was thinking we could grab a coffee afterward, before peeling off onto our nation’s highways.

(Yes, Two-Lane Blacktop really does star James Taylor and Dennis Wilson—in their only film roles! No, they don’t sing, nor is any of their music used in the movie. Yes, they’re both incredible—though it’s Oates who really steals the show.)

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  1. shaun gannon

      i may join you depending on how i can get from home to chicago

  2. stephen

      shaun, call me if you end up coming

  3. Anonymous

      This sounds awesome.  Meghan and I might be there.

  4. Adam D Jameson

      Great so far! We’re going to tear the place up!

  5. M. Kitchell

      Two-Lane Blacktop is one of the greatest movies ever.  Also, possibly the only movie that’s “about” masculinity that I can stomach in any way shape or form.