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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Interview is coming to the Tropic in Key West

The lead story in today's KEY WEST CITIZEN reads 'The Interview' coming to Tropic.  That headline got me so excited I had to go down to the Tropic Cinema in the wee hours of this morning to take a photo of the theater, the Marilyn Monroe statute, and "The Interview' movie poster, each of which is symbolic of what is right with America.
I often write about Key West being located out in the middle of the ocean far from the mainland. You have to fly, sail, or intentionally drive three hours or more to get here. Key West is so far removed from the mainland that people unfamiliar with Key West often wonder how we survive. As far removed from civilization as we may seem, we are an incredibly connected society nonetheless. So it came as no surprise that the Tropic Cinema joined other independent theaters across America that petitioned Sony Pictures to let them show the movie the big chains were afraid to show.

While being interviewed by The Citizen Matthew Helmerich, executive director the non-profit theater, said the decision to show the controversial movie is really a matter of "free speech". And it is. Like many Americans I was outraged that a group of hackers made SONY seemingly walk away from a multimillion dollar investment over threats by mad man.  Helmerich said "The Tropic Cinema has a long history of speaking our minds." 

Marilyn Monroe is an icon - maybe the biggest icon of the 20th Century. She became not only a sex symbol but also a symbol of America. We export culture to the rest of the world. What better a model of what is right about America than a beautiful and talented woman. And in Key West we will celebrate our right to free speech by watching a comedy about an evil man.

Just over Marilyn's right shoulder is the movie poster for "The Interview'.  I don't recall having ever paid money to watch a Seth Rogen or James Franco movie, but I'm gonna watch this movie. The thing I appreciate about living in my adopted hometown is that you can be whoever you want to be in Key West. You can live the life you want to live here. Most of us that came here left someplace else that wasn't where we want to spend the rest of our lives. I for one have never taken well to having some other person tell me what I had to do or what I could not do. I hope people from all across America show up at their hometown theaters to give notice to the hackers and the North Koreans that we are free to decide for ourselves whether to watch a silly movie. 
 





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll make sure to buy a ticket so the movie can generate revenue to make a point. Then I'll try really hard to go sneak into a good movie instead!


Merry Christmas Gary:-)

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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.