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Chris: Definitely.
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Chris: Yeah, but so what? Everybody's weird.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bloggity Blog

You may be wondering why I decided to start a blog and more importantly what will I write about...

Should I have a theme to this blog? Should I blog my way through something. Should I blog my way through the OTHER Julia Child cookbook "The French Chef Cookbook" where she has ALL of the recipes she used on her show? My friend Max is blogging his way through the AFI's Top 100 movies. Should I blog my way through slasher films? I don't know if blogging after each entry into the Halloween series or the Friday the 13th series would be as interesting to others as it would be to me. I could blog my way through a TV series. Jaime told me I'd put readers to sleep if I blogged my way through each awesome episode of Dawson's Creek, so maybe that isn't such a great idea.

I guess for this first blog it will be the reason I thought of writing the blog in the first place. I guess I wanted a place to rant and see if I am right or wrong in my thinking. I went to a screening of Hitchcock's The Birds last night at the Riverview. It's a classic, duh. Now, I was mostly surrounded by movie nerds like myself but I was also surrounded stupid giggly people. These types of screenings of old classic horror movies are meant for nerds like myself NOT stupid people that can't appreciate a classic. There were LOTS of people laughing throughout the whole movie. NOW don't get me wrong. Hitch has a dark sense of humor and he definitely fits in a few quips and funny lines to show this, but the movie isn't a comedy. There's no reason to be laughing throughout the whole thing. This happened to me years ago when I saw The Exorcist. People were laughing throughout the whole movie like it was a comedy. Tippi was laying there getting pecked by the birds and people were laughing like it was a Mel Brooks scene. Have I become an old movie snob? Was I missing something? Were these people laughing being they appreciated the sick twistedness of Hitch or were they just plain out laughing at the movie because they have no appreciate for a classic. Have people my generation and younger lost the sense of a classic and good taste? Am I just a boring movie snob?
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  1. Paul, I dont believe you are a movie snob any more then the next person. I sat next to a guy that talked all the way through the blair witch project- THE WHOLE WAY, talking and laughing. pretty much ruined the entire film. However, that said, (and this does not apply to everyone in that theatre with you watching hitchcock- excellent choice) there are those that laugh during moments of awkwardness and/ horror. So maybe for some this was how they were dealing with it. Or it could be they didnt realize the simplicity of filmography back then where simplicity made it scary and how even with all the stuff they can shove into a film today, ours somehow seem lacking at times. Then you pop in some old school movies- classics with Judy Garland, Rosalind Russel, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Katherine Hepburn- (okay done i could go on forever.) But seriously, you pop one of those in and see how some of the truly gifted actors/actresses made it work with what they had. Or maybe they were drunk, I mean you just never know.

  2. You're not an old movie snob; you just want to give credit where it's due, and not be surrounded by dumbass chumps.

  3. Wish I could have joined you. I probably would have been scared speechless. Those birds are creepy.

  4. I love this! Same thing happened to me at The Exorcist. That movie terrified me and other people were laughing just because the technology and graphics are outdated. You're not an "old movie snob," but you are a little bit of a movie snob in general (though I don't think you, sir, have a snobby bone in your body). You just happen to know your shit and other don't.

    P.S. I would TOTALLY read your Dawson's Creek blog!