Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David join the Princess Bride Party and talk about this enduring classic. Are there a lot of quotes? Yes. Do we answer some deeper questions about the book and movie? Yes. Give us a listen, then join the linkup of other posts over on WriteOnSisters.com!
One of the other exhibits we saw at the EMP Museum was the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy. Both of these genres have the ability to transport you to an entire new world. I discussed the Horror exhibit yesterday and that was fantastic. The Fantasy exhibit was so much better partly because I got to totally geek out on my fandoms, but it was also a really interesting exhibit. One of the best parts of the exhibit is that you are literally transported to a new world hidden behind a door. The door looks so innocuous and at first we were not even sure if it was the way in and not just a display. Then you open the door and it is like stepping through the door to Narnia or running through the column to platform 9 3/4. You are suddenly in a place where magic can happen.
As you walk through the exhibit you get to go through the enchanted forest, the dungeons, the arcane library, and the mythical armory. The various pieces of the exhibit take you through the world of fantasy, from the characters, to the worlds, to the items use on the characters journeys. Continue reading →
A comment from a coworker got me thinking about the lifetime of shared cultural experiences. We have all had that experience where a someone, a friend, a coworker, a person we start up a conversation with makes a comment or quote and follows it by some qualifier that “I guess I am showing my age with that one” or something similar. Sometimes it is a reference to an old tv show or movie that only people of that generation recognize. Then there are references that people recognize even if they have never seen the media that is being referenced. It makes me think about what sorts of phrases or media from my experience will survive and which ones will turn into odd references that most people do not understand.
Now some of these items turn in to memes that might just live on forever, but even those might have a shelf life. Some of them are just simply movie quotes that people have repeated over and over again. At the same time which ones will live on and will they live on in the way that we remember them? Continue reading →
I often run into a wall of not having seen the “classic” movies of geekdom. In my mind, geekdom is large, and can contain many things. In high school, my group of friends considered only a couple of things to be our baseline: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the book), and The Princess Bride (the movie). Solid foundations for geekdom.
Oh, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Obviously.
Some of the most fun you can have with fantasy, science fiction, and parody, this is indeed a good start. From there, I have gifted some of my favorites, like Dune, and The Killing of Worlds. We loan people things or watch them together, like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones. We share our passion for geeky things.
And in some circles, I was known as an expert in cult classic movies. And in other circles, I am left decidedly wanting. We finally started working on the list of movies I hadn’t seen (or don’t remember seeing as a child, one of the two) recently, and my friends and family led with a winner. Here we have a list of nine movies I need to see that I haven’t, classics and cult classics and then one movie I just recently saw.