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14 November 2006 @ 10:46 am
In Xanadu ...  
The other night we had finished watching something on TV. Neither of us wanted to watch anything saved on the DVR (dark mysteries or the intellectual challenge of The Daily Show), so I browsed through the free movies in the "On Demand" section. The very last listed movie was Xanadu. (Comcast's description called it "the Moulin Rouge of 1980".)

I used to love that movie! It would be perfect -- light, inconsequential, fun ... free. So I selected it.

What I remembered accurately: Olivia Newton-John; roller skates; neon.

What I had forgotten or misremembered: Everything else.

I think I must only ever have seen the trailer or something. Not one second of the movie felt familiar. And it was bad. Ludicrous "character" "development", bad dialogue, hysterically bad plotting, cheesy effects, interminable dance sequences ... there was nothing to like. There really wasn't even much to snark. I just watched the whole thing, stunned by its badness.

So yet another fond memory goes down in flames. That's why I'm rarely tempted to rewatch shows and movies from my childhood -- back then, I clearly had no judgment, discernment, or taste. I shudder at the prospect of confronting some of those programs again. I mean, I used to watch Knight Rider, people!
Current Mood: sillysilly
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on November 14th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
That's funny, because, although I've never seen the movie (really brief clips perhaps, while it was being mocked on a VH1 program), I know most of the words to the songs. One of my sisters had ONJ's greatest hits. So I've been singing Xanadu to myself and thinking how I never wanted to see the movie, anyway... 8')
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on November 15th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Hey, I like Knight Rider... sdavido has been buying the DVDs for me as gifts. (And teases me that one day, he'll add a scanning light to the front of my car...) But I watch(ed) it for KITT, the Hasselhoff character is just in the way.