Nov. 5th, 2010

Booting up

Nov. 5th, 2010 11:19 pm
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OK, the plan is a series of polls and discussions about our favourite classic films, with an emphasis on the sort of films you'd love a chance to see at a film festival on the big screen.

Posting is moderated for now as I get a feel for the sort of stuff we want up here--I hope to get guest entries from museum staff and similar at some point, so want to make sure quality is high.

Suggestions about criteria for selecting films, etc, very welcome. Of course, this isn't in any way official, so whatever we talk about, there's no guarantee Sarah or Tony can actually get hold of prints to show.
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There are times when you just really shouldn't revisit your childhood. This evening has been one of them.

I can remember Ghostbusters. It was my favourite film ever when I was a kid. I played the computer game incessantly, knew all the words to the theme tune and could quote whole chunks of dialogue.

I am currently in the process of rewatching the film on Fiver. The only reason I'm still watching is it has the fascination of a train wreck in progress.

It's not just Sigourney's 80s hairstyles. I can forgive the dated special effects, but the terrible dialogue, awful acting and annoyingly dated gender representation really do show the film up in a bad light.

And that's before we get to the slightly more silly than silly plot and poorly contrived set pieces.

There is at least spectacle. The Marshmellow Man should be making an appearance soon. But I'm sure I can remember the jokes being actually funny first time around.

So, am I being overly cynical in my old age, or is this film actually truly awful?


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