Has it ever struck anyone else that Bill Murray has become something of a weird cultural icon? Perhaps it is too obvious of a question: of course he has. Just look online, there are all sorts of stories about weird, crazy, awesome, or surreal things involving Bill Murray. Who knows how many of them are true. The man is great, there’s no denying that. His cameo is the only thing anyone ever talks about in the movie Zombieland. He’s always funny. Even when he’s playing someone sad and depressed he’s funny – look at what he’s done in every Wes Anderson film he’s been in, or Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers.
Let’s travel back to 1984. I’m sad to say that it has been probably close to a decade since I have seen the film we are about to discuss and I don’t actually recall a great deal of it. This fact tends to make people upset and sad. (Seriously, that’s the general reaction.) Like Bill Murray, the film Ghostbusters has become one of the cult classics of the 1980s, fondly remembered by all and sundry.
Murray stars alongside Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis as the titular busters of ghosts; they are professors of parapsychology who decide to get into the spirit-removal business for fun and profit (profit for them, more fun for us). What ensues is, as you might expect, a series of wacky shenanigans culminating in a giant marshmallow man tromping through the city streets.
Tonight: you – yes, you – have the opportunity to see Ghostbusters tonight, Monday, outside at the Iroquois Amphitheater for the grand cost of zero dollars. It is part of their Monday Night Movie Series, which will run throughout the summer. The show starts at 8:30. The Amphitheater is located at 1080 Amphitheater Road. See the venue’s website for further details and offerings.
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