Stand-out role of lifetime!
On the dozens of occasions I've attended movie screenings at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, not once has the celluloid failed to spring to life on the screen once the projectionist was given the green light.
Not so last night at the midnight tribute to Corey Haim!
When the footlights went down, instead of crisp crystal clear images, filmgoers were a little startled to encounter swirls of light (and undistinguishable objects floating just out-of-reach on screen) before the house went dark and the lights went up.
A few seconds later, when the projectionist started up a second time, ghost-like apparitions filled the screen for a minute or two before the popular cinema went dark once again.
No picture! No sound!
I whispered, "it's Corey's ghost."
I might not have been far off, since I personally believe that there is a curious "energy" (or other-world force) that permeates the old Revival House on Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood.
Last year, some eerie events unfolded at the theatre, which support my theory.
Shortly after the theatre screened "Wild Strawberries" (a film about death) - and the work of a second foreign filmmaker that week - both directors (and the owner of the theatre) passed to spirit within days of each other.
Something to chew on, folks!
Last night, the programmer - Julia - prefaced the screening with a lovely tribute to the Corey Haim who tragically passed away a few days ago before his time.
"Corey was one of my favorite actors. He was quite talented. And, I knew that if the right director took him under his wing, he would have made a big comeback," she asserted with a tinge of emotion in her voice.
The flick the theatre chose to screen - Lucas - was the perfect choice because it really showcased Haim's marvelous acting talents and mesmerizing onscreen persona.
In fact, out of all the Haim films, this is certainly right up there in the category of award-winning performances.
The former child star was probably overlooked - and not taken seriously - because he was thrust amidst a cast poplulated by young brat-packers of more renown (like Winona Ryder & Charlie Sheen trying their best to steal his thunder).
In this role, as Lucas, Haim crafts a fleshed-out character that knocks filmgoers out, in what amounts to a stand-out performance of his generation.
Who'll ever forget this fourteen-year old kid from the wrong side of the tracks - in floppy hat and nerdy wide-rimmed glasses - who touches the heart (and at times brings a tear to the eye).
His characterization of "Lucas" was so precise - so bang on - that the onscreen image will remain forever etched in my own memory - without doubt.
If you have the opportunity to attend a screening or to rent a DVD or catch it on the old boob tube: do!
It will be a precious memorable movie experience!
Erotic moments with Charlie, too!