This week on the podcast, there was no Jenny. That means a lot of boring stuff about box office numbers that haven’t happened yet.
I mean, yeah, there was some Mars talk that proves Watson is as bad at counting as Jenny, but at least they didn’t get into some really complicated numbers over how many rocks from the Sun Mars happens to be when Mars has two moons of its own to screw with his totals even more.
This week on the podcast, the guys and Jenny discussed the 80s.
Now, if I have a reputation around here, and I might, it may include how I am not much into nostalgia. That was, like, my biggest barrier to really enjoying Ready Player One. The big problem with nostalgia, I feel, is that it elevates stuff that maybe doesn’t deserve it. I have no problem loving things from my childhood that hold up, but these things should be good in their own right, not good because I thought they were awesome when I was 8.
This week on the podcast there was a lot of revisiting. The guys and Jenny rewatched Close Encounters of the Third Kind and at least pretended to reread Ready Player One. I couldn’t do the first since I loaned my DVD to a co-worker trying to give her son a geek pop culture education, which I have to approve of. As for Ready Player One, I am on-record for saying that while I did enjoy the book, I wasn’t the huge fan of it that Ryan at least is, since I don’t generally go for nostalgia, particularly 80s nostalgia. I lived through those years once and very much believe in living in the now. A pop culture world that stopped in 1989 is pretty sad in my opinion.
Remakes are always a controversial subject. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how a remake of my favorite Hitchcock film made my nervous, even though it was to be helmed by one of my favorite directors. I think that is why Roger Ebert once said that they shouldn’t remake great movies; they should remake movies with great premises which were poorly executed. Here are ten movies that fall between interesting stinkers and some of the most beloved classics of all time.