Posts Tagged ‘armageddon’

in·au·gu·ral

[in-aw-gyer-uhl, -ger-uhl]

–adjective

1. of or pertaining to an inauguration: Harding’s inaugural address.

2. marking the beginning of a new venture, series, etc.: the inaugural run of the pony express.

We are marking the beginning of a new venture.  Inaugural…  It just sounds so austere, so regal…  what movie is worthy of the inaugural post?  There are too many to pick from but I will focus on three, count ’em, three movies.  Three movies that were ‘firsts’ for me.  Fitting for the first post I think?

Movie 1:  The Secret Garden

This is the first movie I remember seeing in a theater.  I was eight or nine years old at the time, and while I think I saw other movies in the theater (Disney movies no doubt) I REMEMBER The Secret Garden.  Why do I remember it?  Not because it was a film of fantastic cinematic quality but because the girl who sold my mother and I tickets, gave me (or my sister… the details are a bit sketchy actually) a promotional pin for the movie.  Those of you who are fans of Office Space might know this as flair.  I still have the pin somewhere in my plethora of childhood mementos.  Looking back on it now, that is why I remember this trip to the movie theater.

I’ve watched the movie more than once since 1993 and it is part of my DVD collection.  I bought it out of the $5 bin at Walmart in a combo pack with the Alfonso Cuarón version of A Little Princess.  (Two movies for $5?!  JACKPOT!)  It’s a fairly faithful adaptation of the book (which I also recently re-read) and the young girl playing Mary, Mary quite contrary was fantastic despite her young age.  Toss in the always amazing Dame Maggie Smith as Mrs. Medlock and the film stands the test of time.  I wish more children’s movies were like this one.  Is anyone else tired of penguins and talking dogs and kung fu pandas or is it just me?

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Side note:  When I first read the Harry Potter books and before Emma Watson was cast as Hermione Granger, I pictured “Contrary Mary” as Hermione in my head.

Movie 2:  Twister

Twister was the first movie I convinced my parents I was old enough to see (I was 11 or 12 at the time) when I really wasn’t.  It was PG=13 for a reason apparently… my frail preteen mind couldn’t handle it.  I saw the movie when I lived in Buffalo, New York with a girl named Tiffany.  Tiffany who had a love of Barbie dolls and ended up with all of my favourite Barbie dolls and my collection of fabulous Barbie clothes which I am still somewhat bitter about today.  I digress.  Tiffany and I went with her parents to see Twister.  I remember having to get up and leave the theater more than once because I was so frightened by the film.  I used the convenient excuse of needing to use the bathroom to save face.  It wasn’t exactly the tornadoes themselves that scared me but the sound, the howling wind the creaking buildings and the breaking glass… oh and the one storm chaser whose forehead met up with a spinning saw was a bit gruesome, but yes, the sheer noise was terrifying.

I’m proud to say this movie no longer terrifies me though.  I can watch it and be amused by the cows and by the fact that Cary Elwes was in it as the “bad guy.”

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My dear sweet Westley will always come for me.  That’s what she said.  No really.  Anyways… on to #3.

Movie 3:  Armageddon

Armageddon was the first movie I saw at a drive in theater.  Another significant first as many kids today have never experienced a drive in.  That sort of depresses me as I find them to be great fun.  I’m lucky to have two drive in theaters with in a half an hour drive where I currently live.  I try and make at least one trip a summer out to see a flick.  Right, back to the world exploding… or well being hit by a massive asteroid. I saw this movie with my friend Shane, her brother and her parents.  We popped up the hood on their minivan and stretched out in the back with some sleeping bags.

stevebuscemiarmageddonI’ll admit that the premise of this film is pretty absurd.  An asteroid can only be destroyed by drilling into its surface and detonating a nuclear bomb.  The only people that can do it are some off shore oil-rig drillers?  Really?!  That’s all you got NASA?  Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck (OH AND STEVE BUSCEMI!) will save the day?  No wonder you’re facing budget cuts.

Still… as absurd as I think the premise is now, I enjoyed the movie when I saw it at the drive in.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and I cried when Bruce Willis had a video chat with his daughter (played by Liv Tyler) before signing off for good. To me this is a classic ’90’s film.  Like Independence Day it was a bit ‘out there’ as far as the plot went, but it didn’t matter, it was a summer blockbuster and it was the film to watch and as a middle schooler you watched anything and everything as going to the movie theater was what you did.  It is what was ‘cool’.

Those are my firsts, what are yours?