Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday - Movie You Hated the First Time You Saw it But Liked it Later


Boxer is too pre-occupied with setting Thanksgiving decorations adrift to resume hostest duties. But it's the Milk River Madman that continues to take up the mantle that is Movie Clip Wednesday, the Meme where everyone picks a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme and tries to keep the clip or clips to around 3 minutes long. This week's theme is MOVIES YOU HATED THE FIRST TIME AROUND BUT LIKED IT LATER. Just when I thought the Madman was done with long, wordy themes - Bwahahaha. This is actually a good theme because I really had to think on this. And luckily the Madman gave me enough time this week.

I think I mentioned before that a movie I absolutely didn't like the first time I saw it was Natural Born Killers. I found all of the goofy imagery annoying...at first. But I watched it again years later and liked it much better (more better?). The random imagery was part of the social commentary on the media. I get that now. Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson gave really good performances.

So after much thought, I remember a movie that confused me because I wasn't sure of the time period in which the movie took place. It was sort of the 1940s but the music was 1980s and some of the characters didn't make sense to me. I'm talking about 1984's Streets of Fire. The McCoy character (Amy Madigan) being a soldier (presumably WWII), the Winchester rifles and the 1980s fashion worn by Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) and the Sorels didn't make sense to me when contrasted with the 40s Wild One biker attire. I did some research and realized that it was more of a past/present/future kind of tribute to Rock and Roll and that it was a make-believe place.

I suspended my desire to make sense of the timeline and watched the movie again. Then I saw a basic rescue story with bad-ass bikers, guns and descent music (Ry Cooder and the Blasters). Willem Dafoe is sickeningly white in color as the bad guy Raven Shaddock and Michael Paré plays a good, smarter-then-he-looks hero. And it's got a final fight scene with sledgehammers. How could you not like that?






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9 comments:

Princess said...

Have to agree with natural born killers. Nearly made my post this week.
Haven't seen the other one but will add it to the ever growing list. I only need about a year to get through them all now...

Heff said...

Hmmm. I'll have to go around checking these, because usually If I hate a movie at first, I continue to hate it.

moi said...

You inspired me to go back and pay this another visit. I saw it when it first came out in the theaters but not since. I remember really liking Diane Lane in it, too.

pam said...

Never seen it and probably not one I'd opt for seeing ... but hmmm, maybe. Happy MCW!

Boxer said...

Never seen this, I think I actually stayed away, but I've heard good things and I'm pretty sure Mr. Boxer has a copy so this is going on my list of things to watch... very soon.

Troll said...

I'm confused.

Milk River Madman said...

WTF? No Diane Lane reference? Your busting my balls Hans. This is a classic for me. Almost put it in my "favorite opening scenes" theme. Funny how when I came up with this theme I was saying to myself "make it shorter than that, Buzz is gonna say something." HAHAHAHHA. Happy MCW.

Buzz Kill said...

Princess
It was good but not great. It can go in the middle of your list.

Heff
You did see where I said "final fight scene with sledgehammers", right?

Moi
You'd like the 2 songs by the Blasters. Godd bar room stuff.

Pam
You might like Diane Lane and the Sorels (I Can Dream About You) songs. Think Pat Benatar and Morris Day.

Boxer
It would be good to see once and Mr Boxer would appreciate it.

Troll
See what I'm talking about? The time period was all over the place.

Madman
I actually forgot about your Diane Lane infatuation. She did look pretty good tied to that bed. You have to admit that the theme was pretty wordy. JCake condensed it down to Movies That Grew On You - see.

Karl said...

Good morning Buzz Kill,

You're right about the time frame. A black chief of police with all those white officers?The biker with the 30 caliber carbine and Dafoe's jacket are definitely WW2.

Happy clip day!