The Road Passes Through Harrisburg

Of all the theaters to pick up The Road — the movie I’ve been babbling on about since last spring — Regal was the last one I’d expect.  Given the film’s quasi-arty, low-impact release, I was expecting Midtown to pick it up.  Or even Cinema Center — they usually pick up the non-blockbuster and/or lesser-known films.  Regal traditionally limits itself to doing things like showing “Twilight: OMG MOON” on 11 screens and “Old Dogs” on the remaining three.

But I’m not complaining.  I want to see the shots of the abandoned turnpike in all their glory, and Regal does have the best picture quality in the area (which is disappointing, because their service is abysmal and a small popcorn & drink will cost you $35). 

If you haven’t read the book, you owe it to yourself to do so.  I’m not one to jump on the “the movie sucked compared to the book” bandwagon, but the nature of the book (see: no dialogue) means it will be impossible to do a direct translation to a movie.  And from watching the trailers, I see they’ve already bent the movie a little more towards an action flick and less towards the post-apocalyptic non-survival story of the book.

I’m going to go see it.  I’m going to see it today.  And I’m going to chow down three Quarter Pounders topped with 12 pats of butter.  I’ll let you know.

Abandoned Turnpike

As mentioned in some of my previous posts, Pennsylvania has a very unique bit of history about 90 minutes west of here.  Nestled between Breezewood and the Sideling Hill travel plaza, a 16-mile-long segment of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been abandoned since 1966.  The roadway, complete with two large tunnels, cuts through the mountains like a four-lane concrete snake, all but forgotten by most.  So I was pretty ecstatic to find this video on YouTube.  Enjoy: