Random Factoid #31

28 08 2009

I have always been a fan of reading a book from which a movie is adapted before going to see the film.  Usually, I like the book better.  But, in my opinion, whichever you experience first makes indelible impression on you, making it hard to enjoy the other one without making judgement based on the other.

My book choices are often based around movies, often slaving myself to finish books before they are released on the big screen.  I finished “Flags of our Fathers” literally minutes before walking into theater.  However, my habits will change soon.  I want to see all the adapted movies considered to be Oscar contenders this year without having my experience tainted by prior knowledge.  Nothing is more painful than sitting in a movie saying, “That wasn’t in the book,” or “Why did they leave that part out?”  (Cough, “Public Enemies.”)

Random Factoid #5

2 08 2009

My parents were very protective of the movies I saw, and I will always remember the first PG-13 and R movies that I ever saw.

The first PG-13 movie I saw was “Ever After: A Cinderella Story.” It was shown to me by a babysitter who now runs her own stationery line.

The first PG-13 movie I saw in theaters was “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde.” I got to see it as a reward for my days spent fighting off a viral pneumonia in the Monterrey County Hospital (that’s right, I got pneumonia while vacationing in Pebble Beach).

The first R movie I saw was “Crimson Tide.” My dad started watching it on Encore when I was in the room, and he let me watch it with him.

The first R movie I saw in theaters was “Flags of our Fathers.” The only reason that I was allowed to see it was because I had read the book for a school assignment.