Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 2016

This month’s category is “Far-fetched movies that actually came true”.

The Chase

The ChaseSo, back in March of 1994 I sat down and watched what I thought at the time was the dumbest movie ever.  The Chase, with Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson, is about a guy who kidnaps a girl and heads for the Mexican border down I-5 here in California.  Everything that happens in the movie is ridiculous – people lining up on the freeway with signs to watch the car go by, overzealous renegades trying to stop the car, non-stop television coverage with newsman taking absurd chances to get a better angle.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  It could never happen.  People wouldn’t act that way.  Worst movie ever.  Then, on June 17, 1994 (just three months later!) O.J. Simpson went on a ride that the world will never forget.  And it makes The Chase look like the greatest prediction in history.  Every stupid thing in that movie came to life on that historic afternoon in Southern California.  Unbelievable.  Worst movie ever becomes greatest movie ever in some sense.  After all is said and done, the only thing that confuses me is not Charlie Sheen playing the role of O.J. Simpson, that makes perfect sense, but why would they cast Kristy Swanson as Al Cowlings?!

Rock Star

Unlike the The Crock-star-movie-poster-2001-1010272449hase, I really liked Rock Star.  Being an 80’s Hair Band fan and a fan of early Hip-hop, it was awesome watching Marky Mark Wahlberg take on a role of heavy metal superstar.  He pulls it off too, he could have been a rock star had he not preferred Hip-hop.  Rock Star is the story of Chris Cole, an ultra-obsessed fan of the band “Steel Dragon”, who has memorized every tiny detail of their performances and recreates them in his tribute band.  A disagreement between the members of the actual Steel Dragon band and, 14 year old spoiler alert, Chris is invited to join the band.  Pretty far fetched in the history of rock and roll, until 2007 when Journey (one of my all-time favorite bands BTW) hired Arnel Pineda right off of YouTube.  I wonder if they got the idea from this movie.

The Third Movie is Up To You!

Ok, time to get the conversation started!  What far-fetched movie do you think may be proven true one day?  Make your picks in the comment section and the conversation started.  Here are a couple of my thoughts:

  • The Martian – could a man get stranded on Mars and survive long enough to be rescued.
  • The Hunger Games – could the world get this distorted?
  • The Help – could someone really pull off making that pie?