Similarly, I recently watched Reservation Road, purely because part of it was filmed at the theme park where I worked. Otherwise, it would have never gotten anywhere near my queue, as it tells the story of a hit-and-run incident and the effects on the family of the victim (a little boy) and also on the perpetrator (who, ironically, is hired as a lawyer by the father of the victim). The park is in the film for less than a minute, three quick scenes most of the way into the movie, although the trailer for the movie showed the characters riding the Music Express incorrectly. Still, seeing the park in a film gave me a little thrill, even if the movie itself wasn't my cup of tea. Not that it was a bad movie, but as I said, drama and tragedy just isn't my thing. I was, however, amused to learn that Jennifer Connelly, who played the mother of the victim, was Sarah in Labyrinth back in the day.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Real Life Influences My Movie Choices
I watched Adventureland a little while ago, mostly because I, like the main character, worked at a local theme park for a few summers. I bumped it up in my queue once I learned Bill Hader was in it, and it actually came a month ago, but I just hadn't gotten around to watching it. I nearly gave up on it a half hour in, though. I had a hard time getting into it, since it was really more of a dramedy, and I was expecting it to be more like my own experiences working at a theme park. Maybe if James had gotten to work in Rides like he wanted, things would have turned out differently. I mention this since I was a ride operator (and there was even a Music Express where I worked, although I never got to run it. And now it's not there any more).