We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.
Read more and listen to the full podcast episode below to hear us talk about our experiences with classic films and the way that modern audiences relate to them today.
Words by Kpolly
What constitutes a “classic” film? Just some old black and white movie about a fella and his gal? Or a silent epic story of a flower peddler and his broken shoe? Or maybe one of those unnaturally colorized musicals where people fall into a giant swimming pool in descending order of height? Well, yes. Those ARE classics.
But, we’re also talking about films that have simply stood the test of time and have a dedicated group of fans. Films with lines that we quote over and over. Movies that create new cultural touchpoints and trends and make us say “Oh! You haven’t seen that one?! What’s wrong with you?!”
What was the first classic you can remember seeing? Were/are you turned off by the idea of a black-and-white film? Or a film where people seem to talk too fast and have outdated clothes? Or are you a younger person who considers ’80s movies antiquated?
There’s are SO many films that have made us what we are and have shaped not only WHAT we love today, but how we engage with film and how open we are to new and different stories. From Charlie Chaplin to John Hughes, Orson Welles to Agnes Varda, Marlene Dietrich to Meg Ryan, “Duck Soup” to “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Metropolis” to “E.T.” I can stop listing things!!! From “Frankenstein” to “Silence of the Lambs.” You haven’t seen these?! What is wrong with you?!
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