Just like many bodybuilders, I love the movies. I have been a big movie buff for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Chicago so I was reading movie reviews by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, even before they started reviewing movies on TV. When I was in high school, I had my own movie review column in the school newspaper (“Hansen Picks the Flicks”). I continued the tradition when I went to college, reviewing movies for the college newspaper.
When Aaron Singerman from RX Muscle.com moved to Tampa, Florida from Houston, Texas, I soon discovered that we shared a love for the movies. Aaron goes to the movies all the time, just like I do. We came up with the idea of reviewing movies on RX Muscle.com. The show became a big hit on the website and many viewers responded favorably to our movie reviews. Since Aaron and I are both bodybuilders, we decided to call the show Muscle at the Movies. Instead of two high-brow critics reviewing movies that no one can relate to, Aaron and I bring an “everyman” approach to movie reviews and give a thumbs up or thumbs down (maybe that should be “biceps up or biceps down”) to movies that most people go to see.
On Sunday, February 26th, we both attended the Oscar Party, held at the beautiful Tampa Theater in downtown Tampa, Florida. I went to this event last year and had a great time. The Tampa Theater is one of those old, grand theaters that, sadly, are very few in number in this country. It has a balcony and is decorated with beautiful columns and incredible architecture.
I go to see movies at the Tampa Theater as often as I can. This is a non-profit venture and it’s kept alive by ticket sales and donations. The Tampa Theater usually plays art house movies that you can’t find playing at the typical multiplex as well as holding concerts and other special events.
At the big Oscar Party, the Tampa Theater literally rolls out the red carpet and treats their guests to a fun evening. All ticket holders are given a limo ride around the block before being dropped off in front of the Theater. As you exit the limo, you are greeted with cheering fans held back by the velvet rope. A Joan Rivers look a like (“Roan Jivers”) interviews the “stars” walking the red carpet. Inside, attendees get to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen instead of falling asleep at home in front of the TV.
Aaron and I were interviewed by Roan Jivers before the big night began. After our interview, we took a limo ride around the Theater before being dropped off on the red carpet. After a shot of vodka to salute the evening, I was feeling good when I entered a contest to pick all the Oscar winners. I won this contest last year so I thought I would give it another shot. I found out the following week that I won the Pick the Oscars contest again! (My secret? Read Entertainment Weekly).
Aaron and I were joined by one of my clients (and future Figure competitor) Tallia Keene and her lovely daughter. Tallia took the limo ride with us as well as walking the red carpet and signing autographs.
To see the video of all the action on the Muscle at the Movies Oscar Party, check out his link: