The Summer of Nostalgia

 

How do you feel about the smell of dirt? How about freshly cut grass? Maybe the smell of salt air near the ocean? The point being, nostalgia is a powerful thing and smell is just one catalyst for triggering long dormant memories of the distant past. This summer, Stranger Things (2016) on Netflix helped bring back a flood of nostalgic memories. All of this occurred at time when I needed it the most.

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Saved by the Bell Syndrome

How many of you have ever attended your high school reunion? Was it a ten year reunion? A twenty year reunion? A fifty year reunion?!? Did it live up to your expectations? I guess my point is that I did NOT go to my ten year high school reunion a couple (more like seven) years ago. Some of you may be asking yourself, “What is he talking about, I thought this was a MOVIE blog?” and you are completely right. Trust me, I am getting there.

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So, I didn’t go to my reunion and the reason is simply because it was going to be nothing like movies have made them out to be. Mine was not even being held at my high school, instead it was at a bar in town. That is certainly not what Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997) or Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) had told me a reunion would be like. I think I would have totally gone if it had been in my old high school’s gym and we were going to be dancing the night away to the spectacular sounds of the 90s. This all leads me to my main point, how many times have we been led astray by the fictions of film on our expectations? I like to call it Saved by the Bell syndrome. Continue reading “Saved by the Bell Syndrome”