Forgotten Flix? But I remember them…

October 1, 2010

by Joel G. Robertson

So, what, pray tell (my obnoxiously foo-foo way of saying explain) is a forgotten flick?

Well, that’s easy enough. A forgotten flick is simply any movie you remember but no one else does. I find that the older I get the more often this is happening. Most often it’s when I’m talking to some young whippersnapper and goes something like this:

Me: “Yeah, it’s like in ‘Over the Top’ when Stallone grabs the…”

Young Whippersnapper: ” ‘Over the what’?”

Me: “What? You never saw “Over the Top”?

Young Whippersnapper: “Saw it? Dude, I’ve never even heard of it.”

Eh, right.

Maybe that’s not the best example (watered-down, trailer park “Rocky” knock-offs from the mid-80s appeal more to the tastes of cineastes and ex-cons), but my point is that when I mention a movie from my childhood, I find it disturbing how many people give me that quizzical look. You know, the one that says, “You either made that up, or are just trying to compare what I said to some obscure movie to make yourself seem smarter.”

Smarter? I tried using “Over the Top” to make my analogy for Pete’s sake!

But I digress. And this doesn’t only apply to the young ones either. Nope. I’ve had people that were significantly older than me (you know, the incontinent-types who always misplace their teeth) give me that same look. Of course, that’s usually because I’m trying to tell them about “Cocoon” while I’m hiding their teeth.

So, what’s a forgotten flick? Any movie you loved (or hated for that matter), but find that the pop culture mainstream has forgotten about. It doesn’t have to be of a certain age or genre (there are certainly movies every year that fall off the map, or were never on it). It may even be a movie you’ve forgotten about, but when someone mentions a character or a scene, it triggers a sense memory that floods your synapses with that warm feeling of nostalgia.

Well, it’s either that, or you’re incontinent.

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9 comments on “Forgotten Flix? But I remember them…

  1. Heather Oct 2, 2010

    I am very excited about this site! I find that I am bored with many new movies that come out and I find my self saying why don’t they make more movies like _________. This is going to be a great place to get ideas for movies to rent! Thanks!

  2. Thanks Heather!

    For full disclosure folks, she’s my wife. And a real sweetheart for supporting me in my efforts to launch this puppy.

    Love you honey!

  3. Yeah, Over the Top! Haven’t seen it since I was a kid but I used to love it. Looking forward to some more content, and as your wife suggests, ideas for movie rentals! Really, really like that VHS logo as well!

    • Hi Will,

      Thanks for commenting!It’s great to have you taking part in the movie talk. : ) Please check out my reviews of “The Heavenly Kid” and “Three O’Clock High”. Out of the two, I highly recommend “Three O’Clock High”. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a dark comedy with a great score and it really captures the hell of the high school experience. What types of movies are you into?

      I look forward to hearing more from you Will! Thanks again!



      • Really into Horror (predominantly 80s/90s stuff), Hong Kong films and other foreign stuff, B-Movies, Westerns… I like it all! Don’t care particularly for modern stuff, but some is OK. I try to cover the entire range on my website. Right now we’re doing a horror month for October.

        • Definitely with you on the modern stuff, especially in the horror genre. I checked out your site and it’s fantastic. You’ve covered a ton of movies and I really like the style and tone of it. I’ve subscribed and am looking forward to more!

          • Cool thanks! Glad you like the site! I’ll definitely be keeping up with your site as well and am looking forward to your podcast unveiling.

    • Oh, and thanks for the kind words about the logo. Made it in Photoshop. It was a bit of a pain, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Glad to hear you like it too! : )

  4. Will,

    I look forward to reading more of your reviews and I’ve added Silver Emulsion to my blogroll! Thanks, Joel

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