I began to really get into movies in my early high school days. I started to buy movies, and have since owned a large collection of vhs tapes, sold them, and now have a pretty nice collection of dvds. I bring this up to say that although I consider myself quite a movie connoisseur, I’ve never really gone back. Back to the older stuff. Back to before I was born. Of course, I’ve seen Citzen Kane, Psycho and Star Wars (yes, this was a few years before my time). But there is a HUGE list of old movies that I’ve always wanted to see and just never have. And it’s hard. When one goes to Blockbuster, or is putting his queue together, one wants to see the latest and greatest, the one he or she remembered seeing the trailer for and thought it looked good, or at least something they’ve been hearing good things about. I hadn’t, until the last couple of years, seen such classics as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon and even The Godfather. It’s very hard to put something from the 50’s in front of something from the 00’s. UNTIL NOW!

I had heard rumors, and have, since moving to Birmingham, found them to be true. The Homewood Library has a very nice movie collection. And they don’t have a whole lot of new stuff. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. I can now, for free, rent all the old movies I want, and not wish I were getting something new I’ve been wanting to see. The new movie just isn’t an option. And I love this.
I say all this to say that I have started catching up on movies any real movie buff should have already seen. So far, so good. I plan on watching a lot of old movies in the weeks and months to come and, for those who are interested, will let you know if I think the movie is really all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve rented a few so far, but will start you all off with three recent viewings. Because of this long introduction, the posts pertaining to this subject from here on out will not be nearly this long. I know you are grateful.

Without further ado…

The first “old” movie I rented from the library was Logan’s Run. I did this for a few reasons. The first being that it was referenced in an episode of the Family Guy, and I wanted to understand the reference better (just like the reference to Superman throwing his “S” at the bad guy in Superman II is way funnier if you’ve seen the movie). The second being that I had heard that a recent release, The Island, was pretty much just an updated version of this movie. I would definitely have to agree with that statement. There are some differences, but for the most part the story is very similar. I can’t say that Logan’s Run is a good movie. I can say that I enjoyed it…if only to laugh at the terrible effects and think about the social implications. I wouldn’t call it a waste of time, but I can say that I was definitely waiting for it to end. It seemed to just keep going. I found it odd that it had a PG rating, yet had some nudity. I guess the rating system back then was a little more relaxed. I guess I would say it’s worth viewing if you’re a huge sci-fi fan, or just like movies about how doomed we are in the distant future. If you must see a movie about a crappy future, I’d really rather recommend Equilibrium.

Movie #2: Cool Hand Luke.
I won’t say much about this one. I like the band Cool Hand Luke, so why shouldn’t I like the movie? Exactly. And I do. It was good. A little long and slow at parts, but good non-the-less. If you’re like me and you’ve heard the quote “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” but never knew what it was from…now you do. I think I’ve found a new actor to put towards the top of my list of favorites: Paul Newman.

Speaking of Paul Newman…
Yesterday I finished the latest of my old movies: The Sting. I would have to say that this one if my favorite so far; by far. It also stars a young Robert Redford. If for no other reason, see this movie to check out how much Brad Pitt looks like a young Robert Redford. It’s almost eerie. Every time he was off screen and then came back on, I couldn’t help but think, “dang, he looks just like Brad Pitt.” Weird. The movie is about con artists, and is up there with the best of them. Definitely a recommendation. And you’ll recognize the soundtrack and say, “oh…that’s where that song comes from.”

Sorry this was so long…but it had to start somewhere…

Next up: The Great Escape

If you have any movies made before 1980 that I must see…let me know.