Cover of The Blob – Criterion Collection
At today’s teen program, a few brave souls gathered to watch the cult classic The Blob. Besides being Steve McQueen’s first movie, The Blob is a prime example of a cheesy horror movie from the 50s.
What could make this program better? Snacks, first of all:
Choosing candy at the snack bar.
M&Ms, and Skittles, and Sour Patch, oh my!
We also took a candy quiz and Maine Coast Cinemas generously donated a door prize (2 tickets, popcorn, and soda). Thank you, Maine Coast Cinemas, for your support.
The Blob is my favorite old horror movie from the 50s, what’s yours?
Several years ago, I saw a South Korean movie called I’m a Cyborg, but it’s Ok at a film festival in Spain. Naturally, this meant Spanish subtitles. Unfortunately for me, it was my first month in Spain and my Spanish was questionable at best. Watching a film about a girl who thinks she’s a cyborg was a little above my comprehension.
Fast forward a few years. A few nights ago, I was trying to find a movie to watch with Shawn, and lo and behold: I’m a Cyborg, but it’s Ok on Netflix! I should say that even though I didn’t understand very much of the movie the first time around, I did enjoy it. The movie is visually striking, and some scenes are surreal (as you can probably tell from the title).
Watching the movie with English subtitles was a completely different experience. I understood pretty much all of the nuances of the plot, the characters’ backstories, etc. Because of this higher level of comprehension, I was more consumed with the plot than I was the first time around and I paid much less attention to the visual details. Even though watching the film for the first time (without English subtitles) was a bit disorienting, it gave me the opportunity to imagine parts of the story and provide my own details to weave the pieces I understood together to form a whole.
The biggest benefit of the English subtitles was being able to understand everything so I could then think about it and talk about it with Shawn. I would highly recommend I’m a Cyborg, but it’s Ok to everyone who thinks they might be a machine (or those just looking for a good, very quirky movie).