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Writer's Block: Not again

Are there any movies that you watched over and over again as a child that you can't stand today?

Not really, yet.  To a large degree I've avoided watching the movies I loved as a child, because I'm certain most of them won't hold up. I was a B movie fan -- I especially loved Godzilla flicks, Disney live-action movies, or anything that might have played on the "Double Creature Feature", midnights on Channel 33. With movies, as with TV, I go for what entertains me rather than what the critics say I should watch.

However, I do have a love-hate relationship with The Wizard of Oz.  It was, and remains, one of my favorite movies, and holds up well as a light musical after all these years. At the same time it's so different from the beloved Oz books I grew up with -- the movie Dorothy is whiney and helpless in comparison to the book version, for instance. No big deal: I just think of them as two entirely different universes, and the only time it really bothers me is when a new Oz project is based on the movie, rather than the books.


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Jan. 29th, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
My big one would be The Back To The Future, WarGames, and Gremlins films.

By contrast, Home Alone still makes me laugh.
Jan. 29th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Home Alone, great movie -- we all need a Kevin to guard our homes. I still like Back to the Future, although ironically it hasn't dated very well. Haven't seen War Games or Gremlins for years, but I have a feeling they didn't hold up. Remember the huge size of that War Games computer? I can remember working in places where one computer took up an entire room!
Jan. 29th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
WarGames was mine and I cant rewatch it cos I bet it's horrible now.

I hope the next Oz project is based on the books man :D
Jan. 29th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
A computer the size of an entire room! Yeah, I watched War Games four or five times when it first came out on cable, but I'll bet it stinks now.

I keep threatening to write a new Oz book myself -- Baum's original books are in the public domain, now. But could I do them justice?
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
That would be a big yes.
Jan. 31st, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
What, you think I could do the Oz books justice? :-) I don't know -- the purists are just like the purists from any fandom ...
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
You're a good write - and you'd get Dorothy's hair color right! (Or would you be doing all new adventures with new characters like the later books? Have you read any of the books not authored by Baum himself?)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
New adventures, yes -- new characters, probably not. I think there are plenty of stories waiting to be told with all those characters Baum invented! I haven't read a lot of the post-Baum stories, but I have a few; some are good and some bad, but I'm always amazed that people insist on coming up with new oddities.
Jan. 29th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yes and it spoke too! In creaky evil techno voice! I loved that movie and dare not watch it now LOL Tron was murdered by watching it again as an adult, I wont make that mistake again.
Jan. 31st, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
Coincidentally, just tonight I watched a YouTube video of a scene from an old firefighting show called "Code Red", starring Lorne Greene ... didn't hold up well AT ALL.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you made me go look.... Ruined. LOL
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
Pretty cheesy, isn't it?

I'd like to see someone try a new firefighting show, now that digital effects have advanced to the point that you can have realistic fires without actually burning a buildings. I mean one about real firefighters, not the messed up crazies from "Rescue Me".
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, never thought of that. Now with CGI they could do a great show like that. I'd watch it :D
William Kendall
Feb. 23rd, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I still like Back to The Future, though here we are, five years to go to the future, and still no hover cars.
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
And no woman I know is wearing a silver mini dress.... We were totally bloody lied to!
Feb. 24th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
What's the point of a future without silver mini dresses?
William Kendall
Feb. 24th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
No hover skateboards either. No Jaws Ultra3D either....
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
I would have so killed myself on one of those hoverboards ...
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
IKR?! Sod the flying cars and automatic electronic dish washing hands, I want silver mini dresses damn it!

And another thing, the show, 1999, *totally* lied to us! Where is the alien women whose eyes you zoom into and see a leopard and hey presto, she's a leopard?!

Lied to we were. Lied to.
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
What, are you talking about "Space: 1999"? Weirdest show EVER.

Have you seen the old British show "UFO"? I used to love it when I was a kid, but I had trouble tracking it down.
Feb. 25th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
Space: 1999 yes! LOL I loved that show, but yeah, weird as hell... Probably why I liked it.
Feb. 25th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Hey man! I went to Wilki to get all nostalgic about Space: 1999 and have a look here LOL!
Feb. 25th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
The hoverboard. I want one of those so badly, even though I can't stay up on a regular one.
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