Cool + 20 Years = Nostalgia or Parody?
Most of the time nostalgia always equals something cool.
My personal space is filled with things that I’ve collected that remind me of my past. Sometimes it’s hard to let some things go, such as the super special limited edition “Highlander – Directors Personal Cut” VHS tape I got at a Star Trek convention in 1990.
While perusing the far reaches of my external hard drives I came across “Reality Bites,” which when I originally saw it, was a pretty cool movie. I was 23 when in 1994 and could personally relate to some of the themes of the movie and was crushing hard on Winona at the time. Well jump ahead almost 20 years to the trailer you see below. Check it out…
After watching this trailer I see this movie (and my 23rd year) quite differently. Ethan Hawke, who I thought was cool turns out to be a whiney punk. In 1994 I dug that every answer he gave was a literary reference that everyone around was too stupid to understand…now he comes across as a self obsessed asshole. All of the characters came across in a completely different light through the filter of two decades.
How many other movies have transformed over time in such a fashion? Perhaps it’s time to actually watch some of these collected movies and figure out if they’re really worth the closet (or disk) space.
I was thinking it might be cool to start a regular feature, “Modern Reviews of Nostalgic Movies.” If anyone has suggestions for movies to be reviewed let me know as I’d be happy to oblige.