As always, I'll approach this in the reverse order of what the title implied. I've added a brand-spankin' new section to TRHOnline.com this week, and I think it's a rather neat idea. While Crysta and I were watching the original 1960 Roger Corman classic "The Little Shop of Horrors" (her choice, not mine, by the way... yes I have the best girlfriend ever), I got to thinking about how many entertaining, and sometimes even great films there were out there in the Public Domain. And while there are plenty of ways to see them ($1 DVDs at many stores, Archive.org's fabulous collection), those methods either cost money, or, as in the case of Archive.org, as a pain in the ass to navigate and use.
With that in mind, I've decided to open up a new section to TRHOnline: Classic Movies.
In this section I'll be regularly uploading classic cinema. Of course, by this, I mean my definition of "classic" cinema. This means it will be a mix of great films that even the critics love, along with cheesy B-Movies that make me laugh. For the immediate future, I'll be uploading one a week until the section fills out a bit more. As it was my inspiration for the section, I've decided to start with the awesome 1960 version of "The Little Shop of Horrors" as well.
For those of you unfamiliar, "The Little Shop of Horrors" is the movie that inspired the stage production, and more well known 1986 film. It's a dark comedy directed by Roger Corman about a nerdy flowershop clerk who grows a giant, man-eating plant and is forced to kill in order to feed it. It stars Jonathan Haze as Seymour, who delivers a fairly entertaining performance. Also, Jack Nicholson makes a notable early appearance as a masochistic dental patient which is probably one of the funniest scenes I've ever watched. "The Little Shop of Horrors" had the shortest shoot out of all of Roger Corman's movies, only taking two days to film.
Next week I'll go for something a little more traditional, y'know, before I start breaking out the giant monster disaster films. *grins*
This is my last finals week of college, and it's fairly surreal. I just have the one final left, and it's tomorrow. I'm a little bit nervous, but it's really just all very strange. I graduate on Saturday. I mean, I'll be DONE with my Bachelor's Degree. That's... just... odd....
To explain, I've spent my entire adult life looking at this as something ahead of me. When I took time off college years back, it was this thing that I always regretted. When I went back to school, I kept seeing it as this "future" thing that I sort of started working towards when I was 19, but never quite seemed real. Now, with those three years taken off, and how many more years of school in the middle, I'm 26, about to turn 27, and finally done. While that's only 5 years of being a full time student (which while long is not unheard of by any means), that's still eight years of my life spent working towards this in my mind.
And now it's here. And that's just friggin' strange. I've grown used to thinking about it as the future... and it isn't anymore. It's here, right now, in full, living color.
Mind you, I'm happy it's here. I'm happy to know that whatever job I start will be one in which I won't be thinking of life as temporary. I'm happy that I can finally start looking at getting a new apartment as soon as I get a new job. I'm happy that I can feel independent again. That's a very good feeling. But I'm also going to miss this University and this town. They've been my home for my entire adult life, and its strange to leave anything like that behind. But things move on, and so must I.