Monday, October 25, 2010

How I Came to (Finally) Watch Star Wars and Why I Might Be a Little Annoying Sometimes

I have some gentlemen in my life who were dismayed to discover that I had never actually seen any of the original Star Wars movies.

(Did you know that Star Wars is very important to males born in the 1970s? It is, apparently.)

Clearly, our friendship could not continue until I had been thoroughly exposed to the series. And so, for a few weekends, I was forced invited to watch the movies with them. And I just had to put together a fine spread complete with Darth Vader cookies and Han-burgers with Yoda cheese. (Hello? Center for the Most Adorable Person of the Year Award? I'd like to make a nomination.)

Okay, but can I say one thing? It's rather difficult to watch a movie for the first time with someone who really, really loves that movie, did you know that? They'll be watching you the whole time to make sure you are engaged and understanding what's going on and then, during their favorite parts, they'll watch you ever so much more closely to make sure you are having the correct response and if, heaven forbid, you do not have the appropriate response, well they're just going to have to pause the movie and explain why that part is funny/sad/scary/important, and hey, as long as you're paused, you'd better rewind it and watch it again oh and then you'll watch it a third time so they can tell you what is different in the remake and why that is stupid and how the original is so much better and did you know there is a deleted scene here and we'd better watch that too and do you really get what's going on?

It's a lot of pressure for a girl, is all I'm saying.

Oh, and also they will not appreciate your suggestion that Yoda is man-crushing hard on Luke, I've found.

And this got me thinking about the movies that might be hard for other people to watch with me, which led to:

Movies You Should Never, Ever Watch With Kim If You Want to Maintain Your Sanity

1. While You Were Sleeping, Benny & Joon, The Last of the Mohicans, The Princess Bride or any other movie I can (and do) quote word-for-word, line-by-line, using different voices for each character.

2. Back to the Future, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Big, Short Circuit or any movie that was really important to me when I was growing up. And that I can quote word-for-word, line-by-line, using different voices for each character.

3. The Core, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow or any other factually-inaccurate science fiction movie, unless you want me pausing every 15 minutes to tell you exactly why that wouldn't happen in real life.

4. Newsies, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or any other musical with songs that I know all the words to and will probably sing along with, loudly and off-key.

And the mystery of why I am perpetually single has just been solved. (frowny face)


Kristina P. said...

When I was younger, I thought that Princess Bride was a Mormon movie, because the only people I knew who had seen the movie in Southern California were Mormon. And I was going to marry Wesley in the temple.


Becca's Blog said...

So, did you like Star Wars? I still haven't seen those movies either and am just wondering if they're all they're cracked up to be.

Kim said...

Kristina--When I was a kid and Westley said, "Death can't stop true love. It only delays it a while," I was like "Mom! He believes in resurrection!"

Becca--It's not like I'm going to start decorating my house in Star Wars themes or anything, but the movie wasn't bad. It was better than I expected (but my expectations were pretty low).

Celestial Soldier said...

Here's my list:

Emperor's New Groove, Aladdin, Lion King, Stardust, Princess Bride, Ever After, Notting Hill, Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog, Esther and the King

Kim said...

Yzma! Put your hands in the air!

P.S. I have totally watched Dr. Horrible with you.

Alanna said...

Strictly Ballroom. Or anything made my Baz Lurhman, really. And Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I actually tell people they have to brush up on their Hamlet before watching that, though. Yes, I'm that obnoxious.

And Dr. Horrible rocks my world. My kids know all the songs and that makes me happy.

Amie said...
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Amie said...

Sorry, that other comment was mine. I was attempting to edit!

Hey, I don't know if you know about this, but The Sound of Music is in theaters Oct. 19 and 26. It's the Sing-A-Long version. Could be a great opportunity to be with your own kind. :)

King of New York Hacks said...

May the force be with

Kim said...

For me, every version is the sing-along version.

Archie said...

I will watch anything and everything with you... when can we start?