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Monday, November 3, 2008

film cheese

Do you have a favorite cheesy movie...? When I say cheesy movie, I mean so dorky you don't like to admit to people that you like it. It probably is one that you watched as a child before you had the ability to discern bad acting, terrible special effects, impossible 1960's hairstyles, etc.

I personally have two...
The first is Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959). I think the acting is good in this movie but the special effects are laughable by todays standards. A really good part, though is the score by Bernard Herrmann---this guy lends an ominous tone to any movie. But the embarrassing fact is, that when I used to watch it as a child, I had a huge crush on Pat Boone. Yes I said Pat Boone....but this Pat Boone not that Pat Boone. When I grew up I developed a (still-going) crush on James Mason....maturity has its advantages.

My second movie is Jason and the Argonauts (1963). The acting is touch and go, but the special effects---done by Ray Harryhausen and the score, again by our old friend Bernard, are just really great. I dare you to watch the part with Talos and not get creeped out, and the skeleton army is fun....the rest of the time you can laugh at me. I didn't develop any crushes on anyone in this movie...I think it has something to do with all of the heavily bearded men. I like goatees...but the full beard is a bit much for me. And while we are on the subject of hair...this movie reminds me of the time that my mom kept me home in the 5th grade to perm my hair. What can I say? It was the 80's. But now this movie and that chemical smell of burning hair are linked together in one truly fond memory.

So now, your turn...out with it!
What is your favorite movie(s) from childhood that is uber-nerdy now?
The nerdier the better.


  1. Journey to the Center of the Earth was a favorite of mine, too (and oh the crush I had on Pat Boone)! The difference is I didn't see it in the rerun version--I was ten years old in 1959! Ha!

  2. The Journey of Natty Gann. Still makes me cry, laugh if you must I'm used to it. Oh, and Blazing Saddles. Just about anything with a Carradine, that includes the NERDS series.
    OOPS! I've said to much.


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