While RFTmusic was youthfully gallivanting in the rain at Loufest last weekend, Gut Check retained our dignity, embarking on an indoor mini-film fest abetted by Netflix, Family Video and our BFF, Chuck. It all began after we watched Crazy, Stupid, Love, in which Ryan Gosling's womanizing character reveals his foolproof panty-dropper: He plays "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and re-enacts the lift move from the final scene in Dirty Dancing. Cue the collective swoon.
Reflecting on this classic film, it's only natural that one's mind would turn to beloved late actor Patrick Swayze, who passed away in September of 2009. Ours did -- and the next thing we knew, Gut Check was knee-deep in a pile of Swayze classics: We had the time of our life re-watching P Swayz dance-bang Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing; we smashed a bottle for the gratuitous boobage and martial-arts stylings of mysterious bad boy Dalton in Road House; we sat through Ghost. But #swayzefest came to its natural conclusion with an evening screening of Point Break, remastered on Blu-ray for maximum radness.
If you haven't
seen experienced Swayze's adrenaline-fueled masterwork, your expectations for the crime drama starring Keanu "whoa" Reeves in which skydiving surfer hooligans rob banks while dressed like ex-presidents might be low -- Gut Check's certainly were. But this cynical approach only makes that inevitable moment when you suddenly realize this is the best motherfucking film ever made even richer.