“One more high-tech, prehistoric, teenage, special-effects movies.”
–Roger Ebert reviewing the 1985 movie Legend with Mia Sara and Tom Cruise
Remember this? The unforgettable scene in Legend, the unicorn movie where the unicorn is surrounded by pink petals.
Roger Ebert died earlier today at the age of 70. Like many Gen Xers, I grew up listening to his movie reviews along with his fellow movie critic the late Gene Siskel. I always thought they were a couple of stodgy old guys who never liked the movies I liked. Now, I wish they were still around because nobody’s been able to replace them.
Here is Ebert reviewing a Generation X fave from 1985, Legend. Suffice to say, he didn’t like it very much. It must have been the white unicorn dancing as it rained pink flowers. That was one of the most memorable scenes from a movie I have ever seen, by the way.
And now, here’s a big flash-back for all you Gen Xers who were living in Oklahoma City in 1985. I saw this movie at a theater on NW 23rd Street west of MacArthur Boulevard. It was located across the street from a Payless Shoes and behind the present-day Neighborhood Wal-Mart. This memory is so faint I can’t even remember who I saw it with. Probably Michelle, Joanna, and Rusty. It closed down before I graduated college. I think someone turned it into a church.
RIP Roger Ebert.