Well, we've finally come to our first musical on The Canon and it's... Rocky Horror Picture Show. I was kind of hoping to start more traditionally with musicals, but it's a favorite film of Amy's and it's a good first step into the world of queer cinema. I just wish it was a better movie!
Yes, I'm coming down anti RHPS, although I think we got a good discussion out of it (which should be nice for the people who complained the live episode had too many jokes or had too much fighting). As always with Amy this episode took me down an unexpected thought path, and now I'm interested in diving back into some of the late 60s/early 70s campy counterculture films that I haven't seen in a long time.
What I hope is that people watch the movie - this is definitely a film that transforms mightily between memory, at-home viewing and the live experience. And I'm interested in hearing what you guys have to say about the idea of a film's experience being part of the way we absorb the movie. I briefly mentioned the idea of features intended for IMAX, and whether that's how they should solely be judged (it's worth noting that RHPS was not intended for interaction).
I'm actually hoping this one sparks strong discussion - I think there's a lot to talk about. Next week we're doing Manhattan vs Annie Hall, so I imagine there's going to be a lot of discussion, some of it even on topic.
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