Last week I watched a lot of movies that people were shocked I hadn’t seen before. It was an awesome bit of research from the past, and I thought I’d share some of that experience. I’m remiss to call some of these movies older (or classic), but some of them are cult classics and have their own fandoms, so what do I know? The need to watch these grew from a seed planted in one of those Facebook memes about naming your Top 10 Most Super Awesome Choices That Definitely Define Your Personality or some such – and I decided it might be neat to post some of them and engage some of my peers, colleagues, and acquaintances (I didn’t say, friend,) in some casual conversation that without a doubt devolved into “Oh my God you’ve never seen XYZ! YOU FACIST!” and so now I have so we can avoid that next time.
Before I start (you can wait for one damn paragraph) I want to say that the majority of the movies (and books) that I’ve consumed since we moved to Indianapolis have come from the Indianapolis Public Library System (IndyPL). We’ve spent a lot of time there (reading and working) because our upstairs workspace can get quite stuffy during the day. Shout out to the librarians there for being super nice and for giving me a place to go with Max where she always has something to do (like read, or pre-scheduled activities – not annoy the librarians, I’m not a monster).
The first one I saw was Cabin In the Woods which is a favorite of one of my close friends and recommended it to me with the catch to be very careful with spoilers. I have a thing with spoilers, and I love stories that have such deep, intricate twists that you have to be that cognizant of them. But frankly, if I hadn’t been spoiled in the 6 years since it came out, I’m probably in the clear, right? This definitely fits that bill, and I definitely felt the “Joss Whedon” stamp oozing out of all the characters. I’m not sure if I like that anymore or not, but some people love it so more power to them. The banter between the characters is lots of fun, and the meta-scenes with the office were a riot. I was making bets on what was going on right up until the reveal – and I’m proud to say I came really close early on guessing that they were all demons and the kids were being brought to hell. Kinda close. I guess. Don’t take this away from me.
That one might not be such a shock. When I set this up, I said that I didn’t want to say they were old or classic – I wasn’t wrong. But that was the easy one, even if it was Whedon.
I had never seen Blade Runner. Like the previous one, Blade Runner is a fan favorite of some of my closest friends. Cyberpunk is cool, but I’d only ever been enamored by Android: Netrunner, and while the setting was cool, the mechanisms and the marriage of theme to gameplay was what really did it for me. The world itself was… fine, but I have this thing against forced or expected permanent body modification that turns me off of the genre.
Of the three movies I watched, Blade Runner was the one I liked the least, but it was still great. I have a huge appreciation for innovation and stories being ahead of their time, and I feel like this is definitely where Blade Runner falls for a lot of people. Had I given it a shot earlier, we may have had a different relationship.
The last one might shock you. One of my favorite movies and something that I watch repeatedly is Stardust. And people regularly say “If you like Stardust you’ll like…”
The Princess Bride. I’m happy to have seen this film. Not that I had anything against it, mind you, but I just never took the time to watch it and hot damn was that a mistake. Like Stardust, this romantic fantasy takes place in a beautiful, vibrant world but instead of centering around darkness and evil, it’s a character driven story about love and happiness which is something I definitely need in my life right now. Times are tough, and this kind of story is both welcome and unique.
I plan on watching more, and our local library has DVDs that you can check out which has made this a lot easier, especially since these films aren’t available for streaming. If you see me or think of a film you love that I may not have seen, don’t hesitate to let me know and I’ll if I can grab it!
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