Four Confessions of Movie Addicts
This past weekend, I came to a bit of a realization. I was at a potluck with some co-workers when someone suggested that we play Scene It. I had brought the disc last year, left it on “Party Play”, and just let it run while people shouted out answers. Apparently, it was requested again this year.
Now last year, there was a bit of teasing towards my sister and I about how many movies we’ve seen. Comments like “How do you have time for all of those movies?” and “I wish I had nothing better to do than watch movies all day” were par for the course. As I tried to explain why playing Scene It was like asking me to print the alphabet, I realized that other movie fans probably go through the exact same thing. What’s more, I realized that some of the movie secrets that I was keeping were probably the same for other movie fans as well.
So, for those of us who are movie addicts and those of us who are not, here are four things you may not realize about us movie addicts.
Movie addicts tend to be walking encyclopedias of film. They know who’s been in what, where they took place and, if they’re really good, even what year the film was made. But have they seen every single movie? Probably not. Because really, who has the time for every single film?
One of the games in Scene It has you guess the title of a film by looking at four screenshots from the movie. Now, my movie knowledge that I’ve gained from viewing is about the size of Maine (which is nothing compared to the whole US). But my awareness of movies from reading and spending countless hours on IMDB? That’s the size of the Eastern seaboard.
So, we’re looking at these four pictures. From the pictures, I can tell there was a lot of water, some kind of underwater expedition. Those always go bad. Which means that I’m looking for a scary underwater thriller. Sounds like a James Cameron movie. Didn’t he make a flick called The Abyss? Something like that?
So I guess The Abyss. People start teasing. I try to explain that I haven’t even seen it. Well then, how did I know what it was? I say because it looked like a James Cameron movie. Now I just sound like a movie snob.
What year, someone asks. For some reason, I figure it came out after I was born. I guess 1987. I’m two years off. It came out in 1989. And, because that’s my sister’s birthday, now I’ve got another fact to add to my file.
Movie addicts are like sponges. We just pull everything up and store it somewhere. But that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen all of it.
Movie addicts are people who have seen a good number of movies. It’s in the job title. But almost all of them (at least, all the ones that I’ve met) are hiding a dark secret. You know that one big, popular movie that everyone in the world has seen, even that one guy who never goes to the movies, has seen?
Every movie addict I’ve met always has that one movie that they’ve just never gotten around to seeing. Take me for example: I finally got around to seeing the Terminator movies a few years ago. I’ve still only seen the first Godfather (and part of the second). And I have never, ever seen a single Rocky movie. All movie addicts have that movie or movies that they haven’t seen. Trust me.
Yes, we know we’re missing out. And no, we don’t really want to talk about it. We’re sensitive that way.
Sure, you give us the humouring smile when we work a Star Wars quote into the conversation. You may even laugh. But little known to you, what we actually wanted to quote was a scene from Forbidden Planet. Maybe even that deleted scene from the Star Trek movie. But you wouldn’t have gotten those. So instead, we opted for the more recognizable one.
Movie addicts are constantly making connections between life and movies. Things are always reminding us of scenes in movies, just like how some people can make a song lyric out of anything. Out of all the connections we make, we probably only quote a quarter of them, either because they’re too obscure for people to get, or because by the time we explain why we made the reference in the first place, the joke isn’t funny anymore.
Yes, we know that talking during a movie is a bad idea. Yes, we will stop talking. But did you know that the filmmakers had to write a special computer program specifically for the film to make the water look that way? Finding Nemo would have looked completely different otherwise!
When people who live and breathe movies find something interesting about a movie or scene, the first thing they want to do is share it, especially right in that moment. After all, we found it to be interesting! It was something that enhanced our viewing pleasure of the particular scene. Why wouldn’t you want to know too? It’s our duty. We also don’t want to be talking during the movie, but this is our mission.
But then we forget that, sometimes, all you really want to do is just watch the movie.
So there you have it, four movie confessions from movie addicts. Some of you may agree, some may disagree. Some may shuffle from foot to foot and pretend not to have a clue what I’m talking about. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. It’s just who we are. It’s what we do. And we love it.