Remember when you were young and your elders kept telling you that pretty much everything (movies, music, life in general, etc.) was better when they were young? I’ve finally come to the conclusion that our elders were right…or perhaps it is simply the fact that I too have hit the age where I am considered the ‘elder’.
As part of the Digital Film Festival I attended a screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and came to the stark realization that they do not make movies like they used to. Yes it was cheesy in places and the special effects certainly aren’t up to par with today’s technology, but there wasn’t a moment during that film when I didn’t have a smile on my face. It was 100% certifiably enjoyable. I’ve seen this movie countless times…I can recite the more memorable lines…I have to hold back from laughing out loud ahead of the funny scenes that I know are only mere seconds away…and, yes, I still swoon over Indiana Jones (my ‘second’ movie crush…ironically he stole me from Han Solo, my first movie crush). Beyond a shadow of a doubt there are no movies like this today…nothing comes close. That said, the movies from when I was young, as great as they were, don’t compare to the true classics….Singin in the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, How to Marry a Millionaire…or even further back to say The Wizard of Oz. I best stop there before I start rambling on in homage to the glory days similar to Gil’s in Midnight in Paris. Suffice to say I really do love the old films and pray that there are more retro festivals in the future to allow me to enjoy these classics on the big screen.