Totally 80’s weekend!

There have been many times throughout our life together where Dave has turned to me and referenced some famous eighties movie, only to have me stare blankly as the reference went over my head. Usually this results in a “that was from such and such movie silly girl” “yeah but I never actually saw said famous movie” “WHAT WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU WHO DID I MARRY MY LIFE IS A LIE.”

Then we typically go through a list of commonly watched 80’s movies with me having watched a tiny fraction of our peers’ standard repertoire. For the record, I missed: Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, Alien(s), Terminator 2, The Goonies….and that’s a very short list. I didn’t see Dirty Dancing until only a few years ago. I’d never seen a movie with Molly Ringwald in it.

SO, Dave and I decided that this weekend we’d have an 80’s movie marathon! So far, we’ve seen The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Sixteen Candles, and we have Ghostbusters, Alien and Pretty in Pink cued up.

These movies are pretty good! Not only that, but now I’ll totally get all future references to these movies. Yes! I’ll be cool! Finally! I can join in with the rest of my generation! HAHAHAHAHA!

Maybe if I’d spent less time continuously watching Back to the Future, Star Wars, What about Bob, and all those Ernest movies, I’d have done this years ago.

Now, I must learn why one must not cross the streams.

Whatever that means.

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The Boat that Rocked, and the movie that may not have.

I just got back from seeing The Boat that Rocked (or, Good Morning England, as it’s known here in France). Despite the generally mediocre reviews that it got, I thought it was outright hilarious, and is the an excellent laugh-out-loud movie; unfortunately, I was the only one doing so. In what was one of the stranger movie going experiences I’ve had, I was the only person in the entire theatre that laughed at all. There was the odd chuckle here and there when the movie poked fun at the British – but for the most part I was alone in a crowd of a hundred or so people who just sat still and quietly munched on popcorn.

My hypothesis here are three:

  • They mixed up the subtitle reel before showing the film.
  • The French have a strange sense of humour.
  • I have a strange sense of humour.

While I’m willing to conced to Option 3, I’m going to believe Option 1 until proven otherwise. If anyone else does watch it, let me know what you thought, I’m a little concerned at the difference between the crowds perception of the film and my own.

Unlimited Movies

While at the Canadian Meetup a few nights ago, someone introduced me to the UGC card. UGC is a theatre chain in France, similar to the Odeon or Galaxy chains in North America. With this card, you can see as many movies as you like in a UGC Theatre for 19 euro a month, or for two people for 35.

This is such an awesome idea!
I wish that this existed for the theatres back in Canada. I most definitely would have picked this up.