Friday, June 18, 2004

everything seems so ordinary.

I've had a mental list (as most of us do probably) of 'movies i need to see / should see" and every time I watch one more and am ready to cross it out in my head, i get the impulsive urge to go out and buy it so that more people can experience it like I did. I think i've just come to the point where most of the time, people won't go and see an old movie unless you give it to them and nag them until they see it. Same goes with books and cd's and everything else that you can get very personally passionate about. Anyways, it's just a theory i'm developing, but perhaps it's just another excuse for me to buy more dvd's...I don't know. I'm working on that....sorry to my dvd accountability partner for failing you yet again (and yes, i do have one believe it or not:).

Okay, so I just finished a little movie called "Ordinary People"and although I can't buy it and mail it to you all...if you missed this 1980 best picture winner like i did, then do yourself a favor and go rent it. It takes some getting into, but it's worth it. However, i must warn you...you need to watch this movie with no interruptions. I watched it alone...by myself and maybe that's why i liked it so much---there were no pauses and getting up and downs' to get another glass of pop (soda for PA people, coke for SC buddies---soda pop for those of you who have yet to become human in some way) and so maybe that helped a lot. Whatever, the point is, the people in this movie (primarily the mom, dad and son) are so close to people i know (and myself at times) it was scary. The things they said didn't feel like movie conversations--they felt like past scenes from my life and severed thoughts from my memory. Parts freaked me out b/c i could tell what one person was thinking and when they said it, i was like, "I knew you would say that!" getting perhaps a little too involved I suppose. But anyway, I highly recommend it. It's ordinary, yes, but ironically it's also not ordinary...b/c of how society is---we're too content with putting on a new face and showing the world what we think it wants to see---however, in an inversely twisted sense (does this make any sense) the movie is ordinary b/c we all are like this and have been like this b/c we all are human. see it and let me know what you think. i'm just a little upset i never heard about this one from people my age. i know it's an old movie, but my generations should be more about experiencing the old along with the new, you know? okay, enough preachy talk...just see it.

4 comments:

Chalupa said...

Dude, sounds like a sweet movie. I'll have to watch it. I wrote it down on a list of movies to see. I should probably get a dvd accountability partner too. Although, I have been pretty good about it lately.

Matt Wissman said...

Wow, this has brought up memories. We read the book and saw this movie in High School (I think senior year). I liked this movie too. I don't like it much when people discredit movies, cds, books, people, etc because they are old. Some of the best stuff is old (including history).

Neville said...

Chalupa, it's not one i'd say you'd love at first sight, but give it a chance. It's up there in the way 'American Beauty' was at capturing people that so closely resemble people in our lives. Also, Matt...I wish I went to your high school. Actually, i was wondering if the book was any good...after seeing it was based one. Was it? Let me know. Thanks.

Matt Wissman said...

It's getting harder for me to remeber high school (that seems odd in away), but it seems like it was a good book.