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In my life there have been many movies I’ve missed, but the biggest glaring “opening” in my list has been Star Wars.

I remember trying to watch it when I was younger, but it simply just didn’t make sense. And then, in my stubborn ways, I decided I wouldn’t watch it until I had someone to explain it to me.

My boyfriend decided that he would be the one to take on this task. So we watched the… last… three? I don’t even understand the naming scheme, so I’ll just say the older 3. The original 3.

And.. I enjoyed them. I did! It’s an interesting concept. I think the plot has a ton of holes, and I kept having to ask questions, but I enjoyed it.

Kind of.

I want to pop C3PO in the nads. And tell him to shut the fuck up.

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Well, I have called myself a geek for years. Because I’m pretty sure I am one, in at least the standard, if not the deviant, form of the word.

However, there’s been one giant page in my geek handbook that has never been stamped.

“STAR WARS”

That’s right. Never seen em. Any of em. Saw most of the original once and was so confused I said “Fuck it, until someone explains it to me, I’m not going to bother trying to figure it out.”

Many people have said “oh, we’ll watch it, I’ll explain it.”

Well, I FINALLY WATCHED IT. My (amazing) boyfriend is here taking care of me right now and decided that it is a perfect time for us to start watching.

And the other movies are stacked up right here too.

I guess I can knock that page out in my book.

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This is one of my oldest fandoms, I think. It dates back to high school. I dated a real asshole that I hope I never see again, because if I do I would probably end up arrested for beating the ever living daylights out of him. (Ahem.)

Fortunately, something good came out of the relationship: a love of the musical Rent.

Now, since the movie has come out, there’s really no excuse if you’ve never heard of it before. The original cast was amazing, with people like Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Jesse L Martin, and a host of others. Many famous and infamous people were in it on Broadway, until it closed down in 2008 (I think I saw it three times total on Broadway. So lucky to have seen it at the Nederlander.) It has since been slated to reopen off-Broadway this year and I am thrilled about that. Despite it showing its age just slightly, it really is a timeless story.

Basically, it’s a rock opera loosely based on La bohème, set in the Alphabet City/Bohemian area of NYC in the 80s/90s, when AIDS was just starting to become known as AIDS. It discusses literally everything you can think of in the film – from sex (both vanilla and S&M), to lesbians, to being gay, to being straight, to fighting life, to fighting for life, to fighting for love, to follow your heart, follow your bliss, follow your dreams, to sticking together, to learning how to live life to it’s fullest.

There is tragedy tied to the musical, as the amazing, brilliant talent known as Jonathan Larson was cruelly taken by an aortic aneurysm the day the show was set to debut off Broadway – January 25, 1996. The first preview was cancelled and all of his friends, family, castmates did a sing through in his memory that night. (I can’t even fathom.)

The production was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 1996 and won four: Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Heredia for Angel).

It is one of my favorite musicals (along with Working, Wicked, and on a lesser scale, Les Mis and Phantom).

The music is incredible, it is absolutely a blast to sing along to (when I was younger I really thought I’d be a great Mimi. As time goes on, I realize how much more I am Maureen.)

I would probably talk about and sing this incessantly, but I’ll just leave a video that will do better than I could ever try to.

This is the original cast, and if you get a chance, listen to the original cast recording before you see the movie (if you haven’t done both). There are differences, but the movie did very well to hearken the original.

And by any means, if you’re in NYC, go visit New World Stages and see it. If it doesn’t change your life in some way, I will be amazed.

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Once, the movie, is a very simplistic movie yet is one of the most powerful movies I’ve seen in my lifetime. It definitely ranks as one of the top three, if not the top.

Simply put: Boy meets girl. They go on a journey. They go their separate ways. Boy leaves girl with something absolutely amazing to remember him by. Quite literally. They have no names. Boy. And girl.

How simplistic life is if we let it become so.

In between, there’s some FECKING AMAZING MUSIC by Interference, The Frames, and The Swell Season.

If you haven’t seen it, just rent it. Watch it. You’ll be glad you did.

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This movie makes me feel the entire breadth and dearth of emotions I believe one person can feel.

Not just because I have amazing friends in the music industry.
Not just because I’ve had moments like some of those in the movie.

Just because it’s such an amazing movie.

And what parts, may you ask?

I’ll never tell.

signed,
Penny

and yes, I bought a coat like hers just because it’s like hers.

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Yes, the movie PCU. Chances are, unless you know me, you’ve probably never seen it. But I can almost guarantee you’ve heard of it.

Especially if you adore Jeremy Piven, as I do.

The premise is this: High school senior goes to Port Chester University. Thinks he’s in for a real college experience.

REALLY GETS a real college experience. Okay, so it’s nothing like a real college experience…

This movie is fairly campy, and it’s absolutely hilariously funny. I can virtually recite it by memory. Chances are you’ve heard a lot of lines from it and never realized it.

Easily one of my favorite comedies of all time.

Did I mention George Clinton and PFunk are in it?

Yeah.

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When this movie came out, I didn’t imagine I’d love it so much. I went to see it in the theater, and I was instantly hooked. From the voices, to the message, to the animations, I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS MOVIE.

It totally brings out my inner kid. I always imagined when I was little that I had an alien (invisible imaginary friend) named Holly. She wasn’t nearly as destructive… or as inventive.. as Stitch was though.

The premise of the movie is very simple, but the end makes me cry about every (other?) time I watch it, depending on my mood. All of its backgrounds were done with WATERCOLORS. HOW AWESOME IS THAT. It’s such a beautiful animated film. I believe it was the last Disney film to use this technique as well.

It’s also the 42nd Disney full release, according to Wiki. And that makes me giggle.

But yes. I was a bit obsessed with this film. Before I started tremendously downsizing my collection I had 30+ stuffed plush Stitches.

Man, am I glad they could not come to life. They’d have made more of a mess than the cats.

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