Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," but Bill S. Preston Esquire himself, Mr. Alex Winter was in attendance to introduce both films and do a Q&A in between the double bill. Read the full rundown below...
Growing up I was something of a fanatic about Bill & Ted's. I went to see 'Excellent Adventure' opening night as a celebration for something regarding school. I use to think it was promoting out of grade school and into Jr. High, but the film released in February, so it had to be something else. Anyway, my dear Mother took me and the result was one the most re-watched films of my past since "Empire Strikes Back." I became addicted to the teen comedy. I saw it about 10 times in theaters and countless more once it hit home video. A best friend of mine in Jr. High and I would watch Bill & Ted's everyday after school at one or the others house. At school during lunch we would even re-enact our favorite scenes, and yes we totally dressed like Bill & Ted. We got made fun of pretty routinely for being so obsessed with the movie, but we didn't care. I remember when 'Bogus Journey' was coming out we studied the trailers and began to design our costumes for the sequel. It was our goal to go to our local multiplex opening day dressed as Bill & Ted in their sequel garb. Nearly forgot, I was always Bill S. Preston Esquire and Patrick (the friend) was Ted 'Theodore' Logan.
Fast forward 19 years to present day and I'm still just as in love with these two films, however I do not watch them everyday nor do I continue to dress up like Bill (that actually stopped in High School). The New Beverly Cinema is known for showcasing some classic niche films and this billing seemed to be exactly that. The Bev was packed for the Sunday evening double feature. It was great to see so many Bill & Ted's fans coming out of the wood work to fill up the theater. Their was a great energy in the air. Tons of friendly faces all psyched to see one of the most triumphant teen adventures ever.
As the theater filled in and everyone settled into their seats Julia Marchese greeted the crowd and introduced Alex Winter. Mr. Winter looks pretty much exactly the same. Sure he's aged, but he still has that baby face that made the wide-eyed Bill S. Preston so hysterical. Winter talked briefly about the film by saying that when they were making it no one thought it would ever get released theatrically. He said everyone thought 'Excellent Adventure' would be released as a late night cable movie and would ultimately go unnoticed. Thankfully, it wasn't and instead was a moderate success at the box office opening at #3. Obviously 'Excellent Adventure' did well enough to conjure a sequel, but Alex Winter revealed to the crowd that both films had obstacles in their way prior to release. 'Excellent' sat for nearly 2 years before releasing in 1989 while 'Bogus Journey' was also stalled to be released as a Summer tentpole. 'Bogus' opened at #2, but ultimately made less that 'Excellent' in its domestic numbers. That is enough about numbers, those figures don't matter anymore, Bill & Ted have built a massive following of fans that love them regardless of B.O. totals.
Overall the 'Bill & Ted's' double feature at the New Beverly Cinema was most excellent experience. If you are reading this and are thinking, "Damn, I want to see Bill & Ted's double feature with a crowd who loves them just as much as I," you are in luck! Because tonight August 30th, the New Bev will have a second and final screening of both films. Alex Winter will once again be in attendance along with screenwriter Ed Solomon. So hurry up, stop reading and get over to the New Beverly and party on dudes!
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