Last week I told you a little bit about my weird history with TV. I’m pretty sure my history with movies is not quite as weird as that, but I’m also pretty sure I don’t fit the stereotypes that exist of men and their relationships to movies. Lets start withe the geeks, who love Star Wars; Star Trek; comic book movies; Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Essentially this stereotype loves a lot of explosions, special effects and magical powers. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a lot of movies in those genres.
I always enjoy a good Star Trek movie, though many of them are not that great. And I loved Star Wars when I was a kid and I still have a soft spot for it. But I remember a local film reviewer whose writing I enjoy talking about how every guy over a certain age is obsessed with Star Wars. Uh- no. Not me. When the second trilogy came out back in the early 2000s, I assumed I would see it, but then I heard they were not that great, so I just didn’t go. I did see the third one on a whim in the theatre–ugh! And 10 years or so after that I decided to watch the first one. But to this day I’ve never seen the second one and I have no plans to. I have seen all the new ones (they’re okay), but even when it comes to the first trilogy, I’m not typical. I did see the first one which is called Star Wars (not Star Wars: A New Hope) a goodly number of times because that’s a thing kids do. I saw the second one a few times. But Return of the Jedi? I’ve seen it once. I’ll likely never watch it again. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with loving those movies and even with watching them over and over again, I’m just saying it’s not for me. And also, I just don’t tend to watch anything more than once.
As for fantasy movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, well let’s just say I never got into those. I read Lord of the Rings in my early 20s and enjoyed it, but for some reason I haven’t cared to see the movies (did see the first one). Harry Potter? Got talked into trying the books, but never got past the first one. My wife made me watch a couple of the movies. They’re good kids movies. I’m not against them, they’re just not my thing. As for comic book movies, well I never read comic books as a kid. It was Sunday funnies for me or nuthin’ (Canadian trivia note–here in Canada we always got the Sunday funnies on Saturdays). So I’ve never been a huge fan of the comic book movie genre. My wife often goes to see them with her friend Jim. Sometimes I go with them and I usually enjoy them enough. A lot of good writers work in that genre, so they do tend to be worth a watch.
What about other stereotypes? There’s the guys who like action movies, thrillers, westerns and war movies. And once again, I won’t lie, there are movies I like in all of those genres. But what, you ask do I really like movie-wise? Well, I do like comedies, though really good movie comedies are few and far between. Maybe because there is no Oscar for best comedy? There should be an Oscar for Best Comedy. But some of my all-time favourite movies are comedies. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut, Team America World Police. Hmmm, what else? A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap. I’ve watched all of those movies more than once so that thing I mentioned in a previous paragraph? It’s not a rule.
Anyway to give you more of an idea of my movie tastes I’ll tell you a story. I once had one of those milestone birthdays that people have and my wife decided to throw me a surprise party at a movie theatre that she rented for an evening. Now, being that she rented an actual theatre, you’d think she’d go big! Something with lots of explosions and special effects and shit. But even the theatre owners were surprised by the movie she picked for me: Sling Blade. Damn, she knows me so well. See that movie now if you haven’t. There won’t be any explosions, but I love that movie. And my wife is kinda cool too. Oh one more thing, this is getting long, but I love horror movies. Will talk about that in another post…