Last night, in a sort of celebratory way, I watched Purple Rain w/ Georgina, Stacey, Laura & for a little while Warren. We ate lots of stinky cheese and drank lots of good local beer while rocking out to Apolonia 6. Apolonia, by the way, is quite the sex shooter! Speaking of rocking out, I nearly rocked out w/ my cock out the other day in class. I lectured for an hour and then went to the restroom to realized my zipper had been down the whole time... of course I was commando, but my t-shirt covered the old barn door. Anyway, the celebration was in honor of the fact that my divorce will be final tomorrow. I'm still not sure if it's something to "celebrate," but it was definitely worth marking the occasion and mark the occasion we did. It'd been about a year since the last time I saw Purple Rain, but no one else had seen it so recently. (You may recall the review of it from my old blog... but probably not.) For those of you w/ short-term memory loss, I said something to the effect of "It's like Crush Groove w/ style," which I'll still stand behind because it is like Crush Groove w/ style. Aside from the stylized performances, we also seemed to notice the abundance of awkward symbolism throughout the film. @ one point there's a baby-bath tub hanging over his couch & if I remember correctly, it's right as his dad is killing himself. @ another point, he is under a bridge and the graffiti on one side says "love" and on the other side it says "God"... a little foreshadowing of his more recent turn to Jehovah's Witnesses. While watching the movie was the same struggle it always is in that it's not very good &, therefore, hard to sit through, finding a copy was even harder. I went to Hollywood Video and their copy was damaged so I then proceeded to Video Hut... the place around the corner which mainly has porn and their copy of Purple Rain was checked out. Had we planned this more than 18 hours in advance, I'm sure a better solution would have presented itself, but as it stood at 4:30, I decided to go to Borders & buy it. I knew it was only $9.99 so I figured it'd be alright. Unfortunately, they had just sold their last copy. who'd have thought getting Purple Rain would be so fucking hard. The guy asked if I wanted to order one, but I explained my Purple Rain emergency and went next door to Circuit City. They had it, but it turns out that Purple Rain is only available in pan-&-scan. I asked the attendant if there was a wide screen version, but after looking @ the box, that dumb mother-fucker explained that "this movie was made before they made them in wide screen." I wanted to school her about the history of CinemaScope films, but realized she wasn't smart enough to follow what I was saying and that it wouldn't make the copy I had in my hand suddenly become wide screen so I let it go knowing I could release all the pent-up frustration here. To make matters worse, I just went to the Internet movie database and saw a picture of the 2-disc wide screen special edition. God-Damn't! Remember my b-day is only a month away... if you want to, you, gentle reader, could replace my single disc pan-&-scan w/ the fancy upgrade. After Flash Gordon and Purple Rain, I'm pulling for Under the Cherry Moon for our next '80s movie night experience, but it's admittedly a shit film (from what I remember, but I'd love to see it again), & I think we're watching Valley Girl instead.