A few weeks ago, I erased all of my rankings (over 2,000) after receiving a shocking revelation: Many of the movies that I’d ranked exist in my mind as fragmented, abstract memories that are only tenuously representative of my overall opinion of the actual films. This injection of harsh reality came rushing in after watching the movie Bonnie and Clyde again after several years. It occurred to me that my positive memory of the movie revolved almost exclusively around the amorous feelings I experienced for Faye Dunaway during the initial viewing. Back when I first saw Bonnie and Clyde, apparently I was so stricken by her charms that ranking the film among my favorites seemed like a perfectly legitimate course of action. After a fresh viewing, however, I was surprised to discover how average I found the rest of the movie to be. For years I’ve been placing it above films that I enjoyed for more substantial, empirical reasons than just a superficial movie crush (as opposed to a profound movie crush, like with Trasgredire).
I watched Dragnet with Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd a few days ago, and once I was done trying to figure out why Christopher Plummer would so thoroughly humiliate himself in a nothing role, I began to really think; What TV shows from my conscious lifetime (I am 23, so let’s stick to 90′s and 00′s) will most likely be remade into movies 20 or so years from now? It’s a strange thought. I can completely accept the Dragnet, Get Smart, or upcoming A-Team movies because the only knowledge of the shows I really have is what’s been passed down into pop culture. That ignorance, due to not existing, is actually a huge help in limiting the mental baggage I take into the movie with me. I don’t fully understand what life was life back then, and how each show’s little eccentricities reflected that. They are essentially just ported to fit into the way today’s culture runs.