So in light of our latest podcast, it was brought to my attention that I have tastes that might…deviate from the norm. No, I’m not talking about Wonder Woman and how I think her suit is SO AWESOME (it’s not), but specifically American Gods by Neil Gaiman. That’s right, Kriana, I thought that book was the bomb. In fact, I want to read it again right now, I thought it was so good. But apparently, I’m in the minority!
And that’s okay. Everyone’s entitled to their tastes. It’s not like there’s tons of people who don’t share my love of Gods so I don’t really feel that alone. It’s when I am maybe one of five or six people who actively LOVE or HATE something that I start to get nervous and start asking myself if I’m the only sane person out there.
For reference, Slither: Wow people, I thought FOR SURE that I would love this movie. Nathan Fillion? Check. Comedy horror? Check (LOVE Evil Dead). Cult status? Checkity check check! However, I left the theater wishing I’d left earlier so I could have gotten my money back. When people gushed over Slither, I literally thought we were talking about two different movies. I don’t think I laughed the entire film, and it WAS cheesy but not in a good way. I don’t know if it’s because I was never really into the 80’s horror scene or if there is a piece of my brain that never developed properly to love this movie the way so many of my friends did, but I was just so disappointed. In the end, I thought it was pretty boring.
But on the other side. Oh man, I have a big secret guys. There’s something I love…something I watched that when I saw it I thought it was just great. The best, totally worth my time. And I was reminded of just how I am in the minority about this by last week’s podcast. So here goes:
I thought The Postman was a good film.
There I said it. I even got a little teary eyed at the end when they had a statue of him erected. I seriously felt good after watching it. Maybe it’s because I really like post-apocalyptic scenarios and seeing people make the best of things when times are toughest. Maybe it’s because I hate the mail system and my mail-person needs to realize they have TWO jobs (delivering AND TAKING my mail. TAKE MY BILLS PLEASE OMFG). So it’s nice, heartwarming even, to see someone give a crap about my letters. And I have a soft spot in my chest cavity for reluctant heroes and ego maniacal villains too.
I’m not going to say that it’s the most amazing movie ever made, I guess I just don’t see what everyone is complaining about. It’s not like the acting was horrendous or that the movie wasn’t actually funny at the time, but even my husband was complaining that he was going to start seizing if I made him watch any more of it (yes, I watched it again last night, for reference, and I haven’t changed my mind). Sometimes I feel like I’m in the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and I’m the boy shouting that he’s naked, only I’m the person trying to convince people this movie doesn’t suck.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter though. We all like and dislike stuff that may be different than the masses. Sometimes that’s what makes us who we are as individuals! For me, most of the time I will resist the status quo out of some misguided sense of snobbery, only to reverse my position at the last possible moment (Avatar: The Last Airbender tv show comes to mind…). I’d be interested to see what all of YOU think, what you guys consider to be your alternative tastes.
Final word: I also believe Babylon 5 to be a hojillion times better than Star Trek. *ducks out as people start throwing rotten tomatoes*