It was during Abigail’s Party recently that it happened. Not an actual party at Abigail’s, I don’t know anyone called Abigail. Let alone Lawrence. And don’t get me started on olives.
Now you see if you haven’t seen that film, that last paragraph makes no sense to you. As the references to “frozen sausage” didn’t when people on Twitter then started talking to me about Rita, Sue and Bob too and I admitted I had never seen it. This seemed to shock a lot of people, who all declared it brilliant. One lovely friend, Vanessa, sent me a copy as she was determined I watch it. (which I now have and will be the basis of a whole other blog post).
Anyway, I digress. The “it” that happened was people tweeting me saying “what? you haven’t seen that? Tell me you have seen <insert title of well known film>” and me saying I hadn’t.
It sparked a whole Twitter conversation has rumbled on for days about films that are a must see, and actually how I appear to have been in some DVD-less void for most of the 80s and 90s it would seem. Well six years in Saudi Arabia didn’t help. Films were literally cut so that nothing even vaguely suggestive remains. Rita, Sue, and Bob too would have been the opening and closing credits, and possibly shots of girls walking really really quickly into a museum. The rest of it? On the floor of the customs hall.
So that got me thinking about other films that I might have missed that I really should see. And how I would love to see films again, as I did with Abigail’s Party the other night. One of my all time favourite films, and one that many people have never seen.
Which led me to thinking about having a blog film club
Watching one a week, announcing which one it will be ahead of time so you can join in if you like, and then blogging my thoughts, and announcing the next one to be viewed. Inviting people to join in and leave comments, or do their own posts and link up memories of the film, a review, whatever really. Re-visiting old favourites or finding films we might never have heard of but adore.
Mr B’s favourite film is Local Hero, another one that many have not seen yet he must have watched a dozen times, if not more.
There is another website that does “Rated or Dated” and is looking at whether classic films have stood the test of time. Which is sort of where my issue with Rita, Sue and Bob too comes in. I can see it is a great film, and there is so much about it to love. But I can’t get past the married man and two school girls bit. Seems 1979 is very different from 2014 and whilst none of us were really up in arms about the plot back then, it wouldn’t see the light of day if a producer tried to get that made today. Local Hero and Abigail’s Party, whilst very much “of their time” have stood the test of time and still fantastic films.
Hit me with them then people…. I need 50 films to do one a week in 2015. Leave me a list in the comments below and I will kick it all off in January
* snaps clapper board and shouts ACTION*
I am thinking we could rate them from one to five ducks, what do you think? Too much?
And whilst you do that I am off to make popcorn