Are cinephiles a bit spoiled here in Southern California? Well, the obvious answer is yes, but we don't say it to imply that movie lovers don't know how good they've got it.
And direct from the How Good They've Got It department comes example #564: Live commentary of the beloved, beloved, and might we say beloved 1987 film "The Princess Bride." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present it on Thursday, Aug. 15, for the very pretty ticket price of five bucks.
So, what is live commentary? It isn't a Q&A with the cast and crew, which falls before or after the film. It's essentially a DVD track come to life, on stage, with participants of the film sitting in chairs and holding microphones and watching the screen along with the audience.
And "The Princess Bride" participants may be familiar to the fans that are sure to show in droves: Director Rob Reiner and Cary Elwes -- Westley! The Man in Black! -- will be doing the live commenting, along with director and longtime maven of the film Jason Reitman.
Wait, we totally didn't need a "spoiler alert" for the fact that Cary Elwes is *also* the Man in Black, right? Everyone who has seen a movie after 1987 knows this? Okay. Phew. We thought for a minute there we'd have to say what R.O.U.S. stand for, but of course you know that, too.
You know everything, including a hundred lines from the cheeky fantasy film. That's what is sure to make the night a rousing rollicker: Hardcore fans, a star, the director, and live commentary. Possibly a few six-fingered men and Inigo Montoyas in the house, too.
Here's another thing to say: Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 1, and we practically want to drive to the Academy's headquarters on Wilshire and strap a "sold out" sign across the doors right now. Tickets to this thing'll be gone in a jiffy, right? We didn't use "beloved" three times in a row for nothing.
Plus, five bucks. To see Cary Elwes josh with Rob Reiner. Please. We're done here. We're not even going to drop an "as you wish" to end it on, which is practically mandatory when writing about this film, because extra words may slow you down from ordering that ticket.