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?
If you want to see more movies that grow on you, then head on over to the Madman 's.