Last Saturday night I was stuffing some penguins (just your usual Saturday night fun) and I wanted to watch a little something while I stuffed. So I perused through Netflix and an image with a disco ball and fringe caught my eye (as those things tend to do). A film from 1979 called “Roller Boogie.”
From the opening scene I was HOOKED. The penguin was quickly thrown aside as I squealed, rolled, and slowly crawled towards the screen to get a closer look at the roller king of the Venice Beach Boardwalk: Bobby James. Eric noticed what was happening about half way through the movie. He hates most movies, but also became unintentionally intrigued by the gold lamé, bad acting, and over-the-top roller skating choreography. The fashion, GASP, the booty shorts. I stopped the movie and we started it again from the beginning.
The last time I became this obsessed with something, was the time I gave birth to my only child.
Yeah. That’s how obsessed I am.
In the last 5 days I have watched the movie at least 10 times. (I mean, it just plays in the background while I do my stuff) But that is no exaggeration. I cannot stop thinking about it, talking about it. I feel like a little kid who just discovered Toy Story or Elmo. I feel like I need to catch up for all the years I didn’t know this movie existed!
Honestly. It has changed my life. I don’t know what it is I like so much about it. Well. I know a few things. It’s S-E-X-Y and fun. But I’m going to start you off with the original 1979 trailer…
Yeah. It’s love on wheels.
Now for some screen shots of some of my favorite parts of the movie. Please note I don’t usually geek out this intensely. I’m fully aware that I’ve crossed a line (both social and legal) by doing this.
The opening scene gets you ready for some rolling fun.
And then we are introduced to Bobby James (Jim Bray) as he surveys the roller skating scene and his loyal 8-wheeled subjects.
Meanwhile in the Hills of Beverly, flautist and mega-babe, Terry Berkley (played by Linda Blair) gets ready to go slummin at the beach and give that crazy roller skating fad a try.
I want to make those shorts for Gigi. Anyway. Bobby soon sets his sights on Terry…but she’s not interested. OR IS SHE?
LOOK AT THAT FACE! The HAIR! His odd friend and his bad shirt! It’s not like he’s even that attractive, at first, he’s scrawny and awkward. But through the course of the movie you see his sexy skating moves and charm…and well, then the squealing starts.
Almost as good as Bobby James are the outfits that happen. Here are some of the things I LOVE.
BEST SHIRT EVER.
Me and these pants are gonna party after my Brazil Butt Lift.
as well as these pants…
The shirt says it all
BAH! All Bobby wants is for Terry to give him one chance!
Her preppy pals, though awesomely dressed, don’t agree.
More Brazil Butt Lift inspiration.
A heart-felt skating solo when times get rough. I wish you could see the red sequined “B.J.” letters on his shirt in this picture. Unfortunate initials? Maybe, maybe not.
Will the kids be able to save the Jammer’s Roller Rink in time for the Roller Boogie contest?!? (And will American Apparel stay afloat now that we all know where they get ALL of their designs?!?)
Well I hate to give anything away but…
AHHH! I love it so much. Have you seen it? Will you watch it? Even if you hate it I don’t care. Though it’s hard for me to imagine anyone hating it. I even showed part of it to my mother-in-law.
Anyway. I’ve done all sorts of research on Jim Bray (Bobby James), and you should just know that he was an 8-time amateur skating champ, and he gave up his amateur status to star in Roller Boogie! Sadly he was never in anything again! Even though in interviews he had all sorts of plans. His nickname in high school was “Flash” and at the age of 18 (according to an interview in “Super Teen”) this was the type of girl he was in to: “I like a girl who has a lot of feeling for me and who dresses super neat. I like girls who have interests of their own. I don’t like girls who hang all over me. A great personality means a lot to me. I can’t stand phonies.”
Do you think I would have stood a chance?!?!
I can only dream.
Ok. This is the end of my rant.
Let me know if you want to Roller Boogie with me.
p.s. if you’re wondering how this is craft related, or relevant at all to anything, just know I HAVE LIKE 10 projects ideas based solely on inspiration from this movie already! Who knows how many more will sprout?! Maybe you’ll have ideas for projects you’d like me to do? I’M GAME. I mean, if they’re Roller Boogie related.