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Offline daltysmilth

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Has this happened to anyone else?
« on: November 04, 2006, 11:53:37 PM »
I don't know what brought this on, but I just thought of the movie Paycheck with Ben Affleck.  And it's weird, because I'm not really bothered by it, but still it's there, and what I'm talking about is this.  I don't remember what happens in the movie Paycheck.  I think it was something to do with reverse-engineering, and I think Uma Thurman was in it, but I might be confusing her Charlize Theron.  And I think there was a scene with some plants, but I might be getting that confused with Minority Report.  But the weird thing is I know I went to see it in the theater.  I know my friends Jeff, Mark, and Roger were with me.  And I remember my friend Mark shushing me and Jeff because we kept whispering comments about the movie and cracking each other up.  I even remember actually being confused about why Ben Affleck does whatever it is he does in the course of the film.  And not because the movie was really deep.  Mainly because the film was poorly made, impenetrable, and perhaps even hostile to its audience.  Or not.  As I said, I honestly cannot remember any specific part of the movie.  Though I do feel fairly confident in stating that I was not confused because of any masterful storytelling on the filmmaker's part.  But it's weird because although I remember seeing the movie, I have no recollection of the movie itself.  You could tell me that in the course of the film Paycheck, Ben Affleck fights to the death with Bullwinkle J. Moose on top of the Lincoln Memorial, and I would not be able to say with any certainty that that didn't happen.  And it's not just because it's been so long since I've seen the movie.  I remember only a couple of weeks after having seen it, trying to recall why I had been so confused by the movie, only to discover that not only could I not remember why I was confused, but I couldn't remember anything else about the movie, apart from the fact that it starred Ben Affleck.  And I think I only remembered that because I happened to glance at a billboard for the movie that said "Starring Ben Affleck".  And it wasn't that it was an unpleasant movie by any means.  I seem to remember thinking that wasn't the best movie ever made, but I had seen many that were worse.  Much worse.  Which means that this movie left literally no impression on me at all.  I went in, I paid the $7, I watched it, and left the theater when it was done, and that was it.  It didn't make me feel happy, sad, angry, touched, intellectually fulfilled, nothing.  I was a little confused, but within a couple of weeks, the confusion was gone, along with any memory of what might have caused the confusion.  So has this happened to anyone else?  Should I be worried about the fact that I can't recall anything about a movie that probably wasn't worth remembering in the first place?
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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2006, 12:08:35 AM »
I can't determine if this is a genuine question, a zany goof, or a well-developed satire of the actual plot of Paycheck, but I sure enjoyed reading it.

I could swear that the same thing has happened to me, but fittingly, I can't remember what movie. I know many a time we've been rooting through the bargain DVD dump bin at Walmart and I'll stare blankly at a movie wondering "Have I seen this? It looks like it might be interesting, but what if I've already watched it and just don't remember? Or worse, what if I actually bought it already?" It's not always the fault of the film, though. It's just the curse of we who watch too many crummy movies. They all just melt together and eventually join the Jungian collective unconscious.
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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2006, 12:15:14 AM »
I understand what you have experienced.  I went to see An American Haunting.  After the movie, my friends and I were talking about it outside of the theater and for whatever reason, I literally couldn't remember a sizeable portion of the film.  Now I have almost no recollection of it, not that that's a bad thing.


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2006, 05:17:03 AM »
I'd consider it a blessing daltysmith... anytime you can forget yourself watching a Ben Affleck movie, has to be seen as a gift from God...
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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2006, 05:25:12 AM »
Fun post dalty...

Paycheck would make a good rifftrax.  Big budget, action, some sci-fi elements.  Wasn't it a John Woo movie?  And Paul Giammati wanders in to play second banana once in a while. 

I watched it with a friend and she would be VERY hard pressed to remember anything about it.  I remember referencing the movie shortly thereafter, and honestly she couldn't recall it, either.

During its running time, it mostly had me contemplating Affleck's hair.


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006, 06:25:23 AM »
I think that's a mark of a not-so-great movie- that there is literally nothing memorable about it. For instance, I've seen Blade 2, but I can barely remember the plot, let alone how it ends. On the other hand, there are other films I've seen like on TV or something only once, and they'll make a permanent impression me.  Like House of Yes.  (I don't think there's anything forgettable about that film, unfortunately) Or that movie about the evil snowman.
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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2006, 06:57:08 AM »
Like House of Yes.

Parker Posey is brilliant in that film.

But yes, I have had that feeling before.  The movie Bad Company, with Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, I had to watch it twice and I still have no recollection of the main plot points.  I think we throw out all the forgettable stuff in our memory to retain the truly memorable (good or bad).  Manos is pretty unforgettable...and unforgivable.


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006, 07:31:19 AM »
I get that feeling all the time or the vague "I know the plot and the basics but I can't remember the details."  I don't think it's because I'm particularly ADD either.  I have a really good memory overall.  I think my brain just goes into vegetation mode when watching some movies.

Have you watched a movie 45 or so minutes in and then suddenly realized, because of one scene or line, that you had, in fact, seen said movie before and just didn't remember it? That happens to me a lot.  I can't remember when it happened last but I do remember some actor saying some cheesy line and suddenly thinking, "I have seen this." and then recalling the entire plot to the person I was watching with (they didn't like that). 

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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2006, 07:34:33 AM »
Have you watched a movie 45 or so minutes in and then suddenly realized, because of one scene or line, that you had, in fact, seen said movie before and just didn't remember it? That happens to me a lot.  I can't remember when it happened last but I do remember some actor saying some cheesy line and suddenly thinking, "I have seen this." and then recalling the entire plot to the person I was watching with (they didn't like that). 

I had exactly that experience with the Screaming Skull.  I bought it in a double pack with another movie, Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman, and completely forgot that I'd seen one of them on MST3k.  When I found out, I knew that I'd probably bought too many DVD's.  (If there is such a thing).


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2006, 08:40:20 AM »
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Screaming Skull

I'll always remember this one because it has one of the best host segments ever-- when Crow tries to scare Mike by being just a skull, and Mike freaks out and starts whaling on him with a variety of sporting goods.  He then carefully chooses which golf club to use, screaming in terror all the while.



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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2006, 11:19:01 AM »
   There is another potential explanation for this feeling after leaving a movie.  You have to ask yourself, "Self, why do I feel so refreshed, even though I remember little of this movie experience?" And then, later that night you realize that you're really not sleepy, even though you usually are at this time.  Then you realize you had a nice nap in the theater and have to decide whether or not to give the movie a second chance.  You also desperately hope that you did not snore, but chances are you probably did.


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2006, 01:09:58 PM »
I had a similar experience after the first time I saw The Big Lebowski.  It wasn't that I disliked the movie, I just didn't know what to make of it, I didn't think it was as good as everyone told me it was, and so I promptly forgot it.  It wasn't until four years later I watched it again and enjoyed it more.

The saddest one was just a few months ago.  I saw Superman Returns, and the next day I forgot I had seen it.  There was a commercial on TV for the movie and I thought, "I can't believe I haven't seen that yet...oh, wait.  I saw it yesterday."  Shows what little impression it had on me.

Movies in the theater I fell asleep during:
Cradle Will Rock
U-571
The Phantom of the Opera (Schumacher)
Ocean's Twelve
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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2006, 03:23:48 PM »
I've only fallen asleep during a movie once in my life (Bambi, when I was 3 or 4).

I have walked out on a few movies over the years.  The one I always remember walking out on was the ? Wayans (not sure which one)/David Spade dud "Senseless".  Don't ask me why I went to see this in the theater.  Alcohol may have been involved.

And for the record, I have never seen Paycheck.  But I also have no issues with Ben Affleck in films.  I just never got around to watching it.



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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2006, 04:43:55 PM »
I fell asleep watching The Little Polar Bear II, woke up and to my profound disappointment, realised that was still half the movie to go and now I was wide awake and completely alert.


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Re: Has this happened to anyone else?
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2006, 04:05:46 AM »
I fell asleep watching The Little Polar Bear II, woke up and to my profound disappointment, realised that was still half the movie to go and now I was wide awake and completely alert.

lol may i ask why you were watching The Little Polar Bear II in the first place?
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