I think it all started with The Matrix. For being a geek, I have no idea how I never heard about this movie until it came out on VHS. My neighbor at the time, Marshall, told me to watch it so he lent me the VHS Tape. I had no clue what it was about and I was glued to that television. It was great not knowing who was in it or not knowing what the general plot was. It was awesome.
If it wasn’t The Matrix that started it, it might have been Pitch Black. I am not sure which came first but I know that I bought Pitch Black on DVD without reading the back cover. The front cover looked cool and I had never heard of Vin Diesel. Turned out to be a really good movie which I wouldn’t mind seeing again since it has been awhile.
Some people ask me how I can watch movies without a preview. How will I know if I am going to like it? I am sure there is someone out there that has seen a preview of a movie, gone to go see it, and hated it. What good did the preview do?
Here is my thing. All I want to know is who are the stars of the movie. That is it. Sometimes not even that. If the title is good then I’ll give it a spin. I’ve seen plenty of movies with up and comers and they have blown me away. Wind Chill for example was really good and spooky. Gone is another good one; an edge of your seat Australian thriller.
The BEST movie I have seen without knowing a single thing about the plot is VANILLA SKY. I love that movie. All I knew is that it had Tom Cruise in it. His movies are always great.
The worst movie previews to watch are comedies. Why? Because they show all the funny parts in the previews. A good example is Dirty Deeds. The previews were hilarious and you know what? The rest of the movie was STUPID.
But I can’t express the satisfaction in watching a really great drama filled movie for the first time without having a clue what its about.
It sort of mirrors real life because we don’t know what is going to happen next in our life. One minute we are fine, the next you are freaking out at random doorbells. One minute everything is a box of a chocolates and the next your father is diagnosed with a deadly disease. It all happens so fast.
The same can be said about the movie you are watching. One day you are living your life day to day and the next you find out you are living in a computer program. One day you and your family are healthy and the next you are infected with an alien virus out to conquer the world and set to destroy anyone that is immune. It is glued to your seats, don’t answer the phone, leave me alone while I watch this movie kind of stuff.
And for the curious. What brought on this post? I just saw The Painted Veil with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. I didn’t even know it was a period piece.