Wednesday, February 08, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers | Saturday afternoon comfort movies



Brian at the Cool and Collected blog had a cool idea he's calling The League of Extraordinary Bloggers. It's sort of a bloggers' version of a group sketch blog where every week Brian will announce a topic and participants write about it. Sounds fun, right?

The first topic is about "Go To" Saturday Matinees, or as Brian explains it:
What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?
This is a hard one for me because I'm old enough to have grown up without a VCR in the house. We didn't get one until I hit high school, so as a kid my Saturday afternoons were spent on whatever old movies the local TV stations decided to run. That was usually Tarzan or monster movies, which was cool, but honestly, by Saturday afternoon my mom was sick of my brothers and I having spent the entire morning in front of the TV with cartoons. Come noon, she shooed us out the door to spend some time outside.

By the time we got a VCR, I was working most Saturdays. Lucky for me, that job was in a video store, so I still got to watch movies (or at least be aware of them on in the background while I talked to customers). One of my favorites was Pee Wee's Big Adventure, a movie I somehow missed in the theater, but craved like crack on VHS. And I shared it like crack, too. I took it home, converted my brothers to it, and the three of us fulfilled the part of Brian's criteria above about driving our parents crazy with constant imitations of Pee Wee's laugh and recitations of "I pity the poor fool who don't eat my cereal," "Let's talk about your big butt, Simone," "Paging Mr. Herman" (in the appropriate voice), and singing "Deep In the Heart of Texas."

How in the world have I not shared this with my ten-year-old by this point in his life? Bad parenting.

Excuse me, I need to go to Amazon. And if you've never seen Pee Wee's Big Adventure, so do you.
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