Sofa. His Living Room. On the verge of splitting up. 2010.
Him: “Ha! Like Rafiki and Simba?”
Him: “From The Lion King. Rafiki, he lifts Simba, remember?”
Me: “Never seen it”
Jeez, I’ve never seen him more outraged since the Marks & Spencer chocolate milk debacle (to cut a long, calorie laden story short, if you buy a big bottle, it’s cheaper. Fascinating.) Anyway, apparently my childhood was incomplete. My underprivileged, Disney deprived existence explained my glass half empty attitude. Bit harsh, but I had no time to get indignant as sing-a-long Circle of Life burst into life. Disaster averted. Or at least it was until he mentioned Top Gun. And Gladiator. And then Toy Story. And Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Forrest Gump, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Rocky, The Bodyguard, The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, The Sound of Music, The Sixth Sense, Elf… Never seen it, never seen it, NEVER SEEN IT. Alas, movie references are lost on me, character impressions float straight on by and I disappoint people daily. I always thought I was quite widely viewed, I have seen a lot of films. They were just made more for TV, say, a Saturday afternoon on Channel 5.
I don’t know how these said classics have passed me by but as part of my 30 things to do before 30, I need to make movie amends. But where do I start? There are a LOT of films out there and trying to compile ‘The List’ is a challenge. Where do I start? I’ve researched and I’ve read reviews but what I need, what I really need, are recommendations. So I’m sending out a plea, you know your favourite film? That movie masterpiece? The picture that changed your world? Yeahhhhh, I won’t have seen it. So if you can drop me a comment below and tell me what my cinematic education is missing, or gimme a shout over here, you’d not have my viewing pleasure in the palm of your hands, you’d also be contributing to my education. Yowsers, that’s some responsibility y’all but if I finally understand why Baby is in the corner* it’ll all be worth it.
*I kid, I kid, I’ve seen that classic, what do you think I am?