An Introduction and Videodrome

So Netflix is my new baby and if I could make out with a website I would so kiss this one. I heart my queue so much. Although, true to her fashion, my bff & roommate says that I’m a nerd and where she comes from nerds get spanked with moon rocks (Anyone who knows this reference will make me so happy.) Also, that this is the nerdiest Netflix queue in existence.
Here are the next 10 movies in my cue:
1. Alice, Sweet Alice (Currently at home with me on my counter)
2. Trick ‘r Treat
3. Star Trek: TOS Season 1, Disc 1
4. Food, Inc.
5. Cosmos Disc 1
6. Steamboy
7. Harold and Maude
8. Black Christmas, the seventies version natch
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
10. Halloween, the not-Rob Zombie version, natch
Lats night, in an effort to catch up with the huge pile of DVD’s that I’ve received for various holidays, I watched Videodrome. Wow, that movie was kind of amazing. I didn’t like when it would start talking about tumors and the new flesh because that was kind of pointless and didn’t make much sense, but otherwise, it was amazing. It was made in 1983, the year I was born, which just cements that year as epic. More importantly almost, the special effects still hold up really well. I was genuinely squicked out when that mouth-vagina thing opened up in James Woods’ torso and also horrified when his hand turned into that syrupy gun-hand. Some of the shots, especially when James Woods’ character Max Renn is hallucinating, are downright Kubrickian and I wish I’d bothered to note times so I could get some screenshots of them. Maybe I will later.
I think the thing that struck me most was how the message of the movie is still relevant, 27 years after its release. The ideas of being obsessed with what’s on, being connected with what you’re viewing, and even torture-porn are still being discussed today. Also, after seeing how much my roommate was obsessed with her Blackberry I had the idea that in the future people could undergo surgery to create Blackberry-sized squares in the palms of their hands so their devices could always be available. So there you go.


About scarina

I like scary movies a little too much. I thought I'd share my obsession with you.
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