Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Movie Biography: Extreme Obsessions and My "Favourite Directors" in 2007


So after telling (some of you) all about 2006, I'll move onto 2007 as we edge closer to my third blog birthday. Hopefully you enjoy this entry...

2007 was definitely a blossoming year for movies and I. Here are the most exciting things that happened:


  • After going through that rough patch with Jake and Heath, I fell in love with Daniel Craig, all because that poster of Casino Royale was pretty hot. Once I was helping out at a horse show, and when I got bored I would get cinema showing times texted to me because they had Casino Royale in them. I mean, that was true love. I didn't see Casino Royale until three months after, but I did love it. I even bought the book, just because it had Daniel Craig on the front. 
  • I bought my first Empire magazine issue. It had Lord of the Rings on the front. I read that issue five hundred times. It is just about in tatters. Now I have over five years worth of issues of the magazine.
  • I saw my first R16. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. I used to be the biggest advocate for not watching movies underage. People would tell me about how they watched R16s and then I'd give them a huge lecture about how they shouldn't have watched those movies because they were too young and that is against the law. Had my mother not insisted that we watch Psycho, then I probably wouldn't have seen any R16s until I was 16.
  • I really loved that film, though. She showed me The Birds, and I loved that one just the same. Alfred Hitchcock became my first favourite director. 
  • Even though I am dipping my toes in horror this month, when I was 11, I used to be a huge horror fan. I saw Carrie, and it became my favourite film. Okay, it was more of an obsession. I saw it one Wednesday night, and after that, I would not stop talking about it. I had to know every piece of trivia, I had to read the book, I watched some of the scenes over and over again on YouTube when my parents weren't home. I even did an entire speech on Sissy Spacek, even though I had only seen Carrie and Coal Miner's Daughter. It was a pretty exciting speech. I got into my first school speech final. Ever since then, I've been in every school speech final. It took me until 2010 to win one, and then I managed to get the speech prize again last year (but there wasn't a final...just a prize for whoever had the best speech). In a way, Sissy Spacek harboured my need to be awesome at speeches every single year.
  • Another horror that I loved in 2007 was The Ring (the remake). I had it on videotape (oh the irony), and I watched parts of the movie every morning before school for weeks.
  • In this year, I became convinced that I needed to make a DVD collection. I would save up my pocket money, and I'd be all ready to buy some ex-rentals from the shop, but Dad said that I could just "get them out when I wanted for free". So I didn't get any. For my birthday, however, Dad bought me The Devil Wears Prada on ex-rental, and I watched it over and over and over again. Words cannot explain how much I love that film. But I used to hate it when Andy started prioritising her career over her boyfriend, so I would always skip that part. Basically, I would watch it mainly for the clothes, and then I'd try and buy the same clothes from the Warehouse. That didn't go according to plan.
  • I saw Mean Girls at some point through this year. I videotaped it off the TV (my main method of watching movies back in the day). That tape had the first few minutes cut out, so while I watched the film billions of times, it wasn't until when I bought the DVD that I saw those first few minutes. Even now they still seem really foreign. 
  • I started my job at Blockbuster in 2007. I felt so cool. I didn't get paid though. CHILD LABOUR!
  • Another obsession I had in 2007 (jeez, there were so many) was with Grace Kelly. Which of course introduced me to more Hitchcock films, which legitimately meant that I could call him my favourite director. But yes, Grace Kelly lived an interesting life...which I know because I read three different biographies on her.
  • Probably the biggest obsession I had in 2007 was with Hairspray. When I say I was obsessed, I was OBSESSED. I mean, I know that 2007 was considered a great year in cinema because we had films like No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood and Gone Baby Gone, but come on, Hairspray was actually the best. It is just so funny, lively, colourful, inspirational...the full package, really. Wanna know how obsessed I was? At work we had some thieves around the place, so we had to change over the cases to more secure cases on the new release wall. This was one of the most boring, systematic jobs ever. There were over 1000 cases to change. It took an entire week, working from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. Honestly, if I was on the payroll, I could have got at least $500 for this. But what did I ask for? A Hairspray soundtrack. Which was like, $23. Maybe I should just remind Dad about that time and get what I truly deserved...
  • The last "obsession" I had in 2007 was actually fairly embarrassing. Pulp Fiction was on TV late one night, so I taped it. I then watched it. I then became obsessed with it. The catch is that I DID NOT UNDERSTAND PULP FICTION. I watched it again in 2010, and it was like seeing a whole new film. No jokes. In fact, all I think I took from the experience was Mia's overdose, Mia and Vincent dancing and Quentin Tarantino's appearance in the film. Alas, those three scenes made QT my "new favourite director". Which is really embarrassing. I did try to watch Reservoir Dogs on Christmas Eve but my mother told me to turn it off because it had too much swearing in it. So I didn't see it until 2010.
  • Alas, I did get a portable DVD player in this year. Which meant that I could watch movies filled with swearing and stuff without my parents ever finding out. But for some reason, I never finished watching Reservoir Dogs. Obviously, Quentin Tarantino was my "favourite director".
Check back tomorrow for 2008 in review. How about you, who was your first favourite director? Did you ever have extreme obsessions with movies?

21 comments:

  1. I went through a phase in the mid-90s where I would watch Reservoir Dogs every two or three months. Rented it a number of times but never bought it until we went to the UK in 1996, by which time it was finally released on video there and in widescreem (local release being pan/scan—which I initially typed as pan/scam there—because Australia never really caught on to letterboxing until years later). And then it was also one of the first DVDs I bought back in 2003, cos I wanted it to start building up my DVD library.

    Funnily enough I've never actually watched it since then.

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    1. Haha, that's what I usually do with movies. I rent them out so many times and then I buy them, but I forget about them. I'm so good at that.

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  2. Loving these posts you're doing! Honestly, I am so surprised that you can remember so much. Either you have a fantastic memory, or mine is just diabolically bad.

    Looking forward for the next few posts!

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    1. Thanks! I do have a fantastic memory. Not for school, just for useless dates.

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  3. Great idea for your blog birthday, I love this!
    Well, at least you did see Pulp Fiction in 2007 - I didn't watch it until last month!
    And being obsessed with Hitchcock and Tarantino is quite an accomplishment for a then 12 (?) year-old girl. Back then, I used to watch nothing but big kitschy Bollywood blockbusters ;).

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    1. Haha, in all honesty, the later the better with Pulp Fiction.

      Yes, it was quite an accomplishment. Even if I only did see like a couple of films, I was that cool (?) 12 year old girl who liked Hitchcock movies.

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  4. This is getting good. Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, glad you're enjoying it! Though I did start growing up in 2008 so things might get boring, haha.

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  5. How old were you in 2007? 11? 12? I barely knew my ABCs at that age... which might explain why I'm still immature now for my current age as an adult :P.

    Did I ever had extreme obsessions with movies? Extreme obsessions are for amateurs... I have them for breakfast. I... err... that's the only cliche I can think of right now.

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    1. I was 11/12. I am still really immature. Just not so embarrassingly immature.

      Hahahahaha.

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  6. Your mom's biggest concern about Reservoir Dogs was the swearing? *LOL* She must have made you turn it off before the bloodshed started. ;-)

    Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies, but it took me years to work up the nerve to watch it, because of my aversion to violence. It was released when I was in my 20's, and I finally watched in in my 40's. And I still almost bolted and ran the first time I saw the "gimp" scene. Now I think the movie is hilarious. It's amazing how much our tastes and sensibilities change throughout life.

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    1. Haha, yes she did.

      I wasn't that bothered by the violence back then. OMG, I might be a really violent person!

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  7. You were obsessed with 'Hairspray'. My obsession with that movie was practically crazy. Like, 'let's-send-her-to-the-hospital' crazy. I recreated the musical with my friends at school, bought everything 'Hairspray' related, and I still watch that movie way too much now. Hairspray = me. Basically. :)

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    1. Wow! I'm glad that someone else was like that over Hairspray.

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  8. My first favorite director was Steven Spielberg. The Indiana Jones films, Jaws, and Saving Private Ryan were some of my favorites when I was younger. I was also obsessed with Star Wars. I even watched The Phantom Menace VHS on repeat the weekend it was released.

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    1. I adore Spielberg, but I never got into his films until the following year.

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  9. Yay Mean Girls! My all time favorite chick flick. I actually think the Hairspray remake was better than the original.

    Love reading these!

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  10. Haha I love The Ring remake. I think it's better than the original. Saw it on videotape too, I remember it creeped the fuck out of me and still does. Need to rewatch it actually.

    My girlfriend is a huge Hairspray fan, HOWEVER she absolutely LOATHES the 2007 remakes and worships the original. Have you seen the original John Waters film?

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    1. I haven't seen the original, but the remake is damn good.

      I haven't actually seen the original of Hairspray, either. I meant to, but someone stole the copy from work so I never got around to it.

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