The Movie: Ghostbusters at Fremont Outdoor Cinema (3501 Phinney Ave. N), Saturday, July>"/>
The Dinner: Beef Chow Mein at Wong's Kitchen (9400 35th Ave NE).
The Movie: Ghostbusters at Fremont Outdoor Cinema (3501 Phinney Ave. N), Saturday, July 14, 7 p.m.
The Screenplate: Before Twilight and the paranormal teen novel genre became a trend, we had Ghostbusters, which marked the original obsession with paranormal science. With that classic 1980s sci-fi feel and cheesy theme music (Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!), Ghostbusters is the perfect blast-from-the-past for an almost-free outdoor movie in Fremont, and the crowd will assuredly be singing along to Ray Parker, Jr.
Ghostbusters begins when three paranormal obsessed professors get fired from their university jobs for not producing legitimate scientific discoveries. Led by Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), the trio (which includes Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) set up their own ghost-removal service using highly scientific proton and neutron jets and an in-house storage system for captured spirits. After their first client--Venkman's love interest, Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver)--comes to them with an apartment haunted by Zuul, the Ghostbusters begin to conquer more paranormal activities. That is, until the Environmental Protection Agency shuts them down, causing a potential catastrophe for all of New York City unless the Ghostbusters can save the day.
A paranormal pioneer, Ghostbusters may not be the most cinematically serious film, but it sure is a lot of fun. From the over-the top-acting to the comedic timing of three paranormal scientists and Barrett's desperate accountant neighbor (Rick Moranis), you find yourself laughing at all the corniness. Murray is in his element here, playing up his reserved, one-liner humor as seen in flicks like 1993's Groundhog Day.
The 1980s are especially evident in this movie and leave you marveling at all the permed hairstyles and the fact that the Ghostbusters can smoke inside any building they want . The prehistoric computer graphics of spirits turned into physical beastly dogs makes you want to cringe a little, but this too plays into what makes this film a cult classic.
At the outdoor movie, picnics are encouraged, and takeout makes for the perfect picnic option. Doors open at 7 p.m., which means lots pre-film festivities and time to nosh. With Wong's Kitchen's big portions, you will have enough for a mid-movie snack as well.
Arguably some of the best chow mein I have had, the noodles were flavorful without being overly greasy. While many places claim their noodle dishes have meat but skimp on it, Wong's appeased the carnivore in me and provided generous slabs of tender beef with the noodles. The texture of the accompanying sweet and sour sauce is a bit too gelatinous, but the flavors paired well with a side of white rice. Why Chinese? In true Ghostbusters nerdiness, we chose to mimic the celebratory dinner in the film after the Ghostbusters agency gets their first customer. Because this film is all about bringing out your inner geek.