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Watching a Classic Movie with Someone That’s Never Seen It Before

My friend came over the other day to hang out and we ended up watching a movie. We debated on what to watch for a while before settling on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. A couple minutes into it, I mentioned how much I loved this movie. She confessed that it was her first time watching it. My mind was blown. How can you go through your life without seeing Ferris Bueller? It’s an iconic teen movie that’s still relevant thirty years after it was made. It’s a part of pop culture. And she had never seen it before. WTF, bro? But watching a classic movie with someone that’s never seen it before is a good way to determine how good the movie actually is.

A lot of your favorite movies from your childhood were pretty terrible and you only like them because you look back on them with fond memories. She was a clean slate. She had no attachment to the movie, no reason to appreciate it. But she did. She loved it. And she’s quoted it and talked about it nonstop since then. It’s become a little annoying quite frankly.

I’ve seen Star Wars a thousand times. The only way that I can watch it now is with someone who hasn’t seen it before. It makes it more interesting. It makes you remember what it was like to watch it for the first time. It’s hard to recreate that magic. You have to experience it through somebody else. It’s the best way to re-experience a classic flick.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Blank Page

A blank page is opportunity. It’s a new chance, a clean slate, a new beginning. You can use the space however you want, and create what ever you want. You can draw, you can write, you can make a paper airplane. A blank page is potential. A blank page can change the world. The Declaration of Independence was once a mere piece of parchment.  The founding fathers could have just have easily used that blank page to wipe their asses. A blank page can be used for anything. For example, I had no idea what I would initially write about when I first opened a blank page, and I ended up writing about a blank page. And as I started writing, it stopped being a blank page. Each letter, each sentence becomes an intrepid explorer, venturing further and further into the unknown. Who knew where we would end up? On second thought, maybe I should have used this blank page to wipe my ass. It’s pretty shitty already.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Opening Day 2013

Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball, one of the best holidays of the year. You’ve been jonesing for the season to start all winter, you get a little bit of a fix from Spring Training, but there’s nothing like the real thing. Baseball is a drug and Opening Day is the needle. Opening Day also represents possibilities. It’s a clean slate, a fresh start for your team. Anything can happen and everyone looks forward to it. It’s better than Christmas. You look forward to Christmas for a few weeks, then it finally arrives, you do Christmassy things for a few hours, and then it’s over. But with baseball you’re waiting for a few months for Opening Day, then it finally arrives and you do Opening Day festivities and watch your team play a game, and when it’s over you realize that it was just the first of 162 games and you’ll have baseball in your life for the next six months. Christmas abandons you, baseball crashes on your couch and never leaves. Play Ball!

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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