Welcome Back Ms. Slim Shady,
Has it really been that long since last our cyber-selves crossed? It’s certainly been at least that long since our physical-selves crossed paths, given that one of us spent so much time in the country that brought us Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Cool Runnings (one of the best Olympic movies of all time, but more on that later), and rum, because who doesn’t like a good rum reference (see Pirates of the Caribbean, before the second and third movies ruined what should have stopped at one, single, glorious movie that boyfriends everywhere walked out saying “That movie wasn’t half bad.”). Are you tanned? Are you feeling ready for our yearly attempt to conquer the Brooklyn Half? I unfortunately got sick and training has been halted because my lungs feel after one 12-minute mile what they should only be feeling at mile 11. That being said, I’ve decided that the hard work my lungs have been putting in while filled with fluid and mucus (you do not want to see what my t-shirts have been looking like after a run), will make me the living embodiment of Forrest Gump. Do you remember the scene where Forrest is being chased while still in leg braces? As he takes more and more steps, his leg braces start to come off and then boom, he’s like the fastest person in Alabama. Well, I’m looking at this fever, cough, and mucus as my version of leg braces and if I force myself to run, maybe at the Brooklyn Half at some point in the run I’ll be able to shed my lungs from all of the things holding me back and I will finally run a sub-2 hour half. Hmmm…
Anyways, so the so-called “dated” Clueless references of which you discussed previously are not dated. No way. OK, maybe a little, but like the Matrix, the references will last forever. The movies will continue to be the kind of thing that anyone, regardless of age, will stop at to finish while clicking through channels. I think of those two movies, along with Cool Runnings (possibly the best Olympic movie of all time, full of so many references that continue to make people smile. Also, I believe that Disney and the Jamaican bobsled team really dropped the ball by not having a sequel about a Jamaican bobsled team winning it all), The Shawshank Redemption (has there ever been a movie that so continues to astound?), and the greatest legal movie of all time: A Few Good Men. Even if we look at some of the best movies in the last decade, they fail to have the same cultural relevance that some of the movies I just mentioned do. Which brings me to the premise of this somewhat disjointed post: If a movie truly captures the pop culture atmosphere of the time it was created, then that movie will live on forever. Look at movies like The Breakfast Club and Fast Times of Ridgemont High—still watchable even if dated. Still part of the family of movies you are absolutely shocked about when you hear someone say “Wow, I’ve never seen that.”
What can you say about the movies of the last decade? That they made vampires really handsome? Who is going to care about any of that a decade from now other than in the same embarrassed way that people defend flight pants and mood rings. OK, maybe this is a broad generalization that does not do an adequate job of cataloging the many amazing movies that have been released in the past little while, but maybe I just miss that innocent time in my life when I went to see Can’t Hardly Wait 3 times in theaters and that was OK because movies were a cheap form of entertainment.
Anyways, how is training going?
Hope all is well,