This was originally posted in April 2014. Tonight, Thursday, the Roxy hosts a free screening of Purple Rain at 9 PM in Prince's honor.
You guys. YOU GUYS. The Roxy is screening Prince's seminal 1984 music film Purple Rain tonight, Thursday, for one night only. As someone who sleeps every night under the watchful, soulful eyes of a Prince and the Revolution poster, I feel strongly that this will be a positive bonding event for our community. Here are six reasons you should go.
1. If you are not acquainted with the majesty and wonder that is contained in all 5'2" of Prince, this is a pretty good place to start. In a storied career, Purple Rain (the album) is Prince at the height of his weird, fabulous rock-sexuality.
2. You get to see Apollonia's boobs in it. (Prince
never even takes his shirt off, even in sex scenes oops he does in the "Darling Nikki" concert scene, totes forgot.)
3. Where else are you gonna see a film about the edgy, thriving rock scene of Minneapolis?
4. The plot is mind-bogglingly melodramatic and silly, fitting from someone who sings in falsetto about "touch, if you will, my stomach, feel how it trembles inside." There's some very eyebrow-raising drama involving Prince's fictional parents (though he's said in real life his parents were sober and supportive jazz musicians.) You will question the sanity of everyone involved in the film and, possibly, your own.
5. Okay, the plot is atrocious, but the music sequences are stellar. They will bring you back to a time when people played pointy guitars and wore open-throated, puffy white shirts. A time when rock music was about hair and performance art and creating a stage show and men wearing high heels. As someone who wasn't even a zygote in 1984, all I can say is that I feel like I really missed out.
6. And hey, 30 years later, the Purple One is still weirdly cool and inscrutably weird. He had a pancakes and pajama party just last year at his house, where he played a 90-minute set at 4 AM. Talk about commitment.
"It's like the movie was written in crayon, in the margins of a comic book." — Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News