I love music, TV shows and movies just like everybody else. Don’t get me wrong. There’s something I wish I could talk about with everyone that people seem to disagree with most of the time.
I am starting to be more adamant about what kind of things I like. As of this writing, I am 22 years old and I will be 23 in December. I love science fiction, action, drama, cartoons and comedy. However, that doesn’t mean that I like to watch Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory or Stargate. I still consider myself a fan of Star Trek, although I don’t seem to like Voyager as much as other people do.
I started to reflect on my likes and dislikes after I started telling people that I didn’t like Iron Man 2 or even the first one. Don’t get me wrong, the special effects are awesome and it’s clear that a lot of money was spent and experienced actors were chosen for their respective roles. It’s just that I’m aware of the shenanigans and padding that is pushed into movies such as arguing, love interests, and the things that are done to reduce violence and maintain an action feel. For example, nobody really dies in Iron Man; they just get blown up. I know it’s a movie geared towards a family audience. It’s not just something I enjoyed very much.
I was only in Grade 9 when I first saw the Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire. I thought it was coolest thing ever. I completely forgot about a certain scene; it was a scene where bank robbers were trying to escape via helicopter and get caught in Spider-Man’s web between the World Trade Center towers. Sony pulled the ads with this scene because of the September 11 terrorist attack and claimed that the scene was never intended to be in the actual movie. Despite this, I still loved the movie. From this, I learned that age is a contributing factor for reaching that target audience.
I remember when I first saw Watchmen, when Rorschach was explaining why he is no longer the Walter he used to be, the gory butcher knife scene shocked me; I was not expecting it. I honestly believe he was going to drop the knife and say “I won’t cross that line” or something like that. But then again, I never read the graphic novel. The thing that bothers me about Watchmen is that I do have reasons why I don’t like it. It’s just that if it wasn’t for that movie, I wouldn’t have even known about the comic at all. It’s certainly different from other super hero films, I’ll tell you that.
I hated the movie, Spawn. The special effects were awesome at the time and much of the violence and profanity was reduced, despite the R rating. However, I love the comics and TV show which was canceled after 3 seasons. The Spawn is one of the most darkest cartoons, literally! There is so much darkness and shadows that anyone can tell this is not a kid’s show. I admit that it’s been years since I grabbed a comic. It’s something I barely talk about with people. It’s a very mature cartoon, but I love the darkness, voice acting, animations and how the line between good and evil is blurred. Todd McFarlane even provided introductions for each season and hours of commentary. It’s a very original series that really made me think about how little I really know about my future, religion and the world. What’s strange is that even though I like Spawn, I don’t like Saw. Although I have considered watching it with people who talk too much during movies to see what happens.
I remember watching The Departed because Todd McFarlane mentioned it in his commentaries for Spawn. It’s a great movie and puts a nice twist to the “inside man” story that we see so much in cop movies. The swearing and violence really put some people off.
I’m starting to notice the cliches:
- Chick flicks
- Buddy cop
- Romantic comedies
- Disaster movies
- Bad sequels
- Teen movies
As I get older, my interests continue to change. I’m just worried that one day I’ll say that Avatar is corny but was awesome for its time. Don’t get me wrong, the plot isn’t very original; I love the special effects. I heard that the movie is mind-blowing in 3D. I’m glad that James Cameron profited from it after spending over $500 billion on it.
In summary, I am striving towards things that appeal to my age and personal interests instead of being told what to like. I felt very disappointed after watching Iron Man 2 after hearing “#1 movie in Canada” for so long. I liked the special effects. I don’t feel right watching everything and accepting corny cliches simply because people can’t avoid them. There’s so much for me to see. All I know is my interests are continuing to change and I’m aware that they may not match what everyone else likes.