Sunday, July 10, 2005

Fremont Outdoor Movies

I went to the "Scene It Fremont Outdoor Movies" night in Fremont tonight and saw, for the first time and perhaps only time, a Monty Python movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail*. Sadly, I am not blessed with a British sense of humor and, for the most part, found the movie utterly boring and sinfully edited. Mostly, it felt like a high school improv class video gone bad (with slightly higher budget, say, $5,000 rather than a nickel). Sole funny parts: flesh wound scene, monsterous rabit, John Cleese. Everything else, I could have more than lived without. I do not think this opinion to be unique. One person I was with fell asleep and I heard plenty of "when does this thing end" chatter behind me.

My apologies to the geeks I've offended everywhere. This is yet more mounting evidence that I do not have what it takes to be a true computer scientist (dare I admit to not liking Star Trek or seeing any of those movies).

I will say, though, that I thoroughly enjoy the idea of outdoor movies. I wish that it were in a park in Fremont (perhaps a grassy knoll) rather than a parking lot. But I suppose we can't have everything -- especially when the price of admission is a suggested donation (ala The Art Institute of Chicago Museum)

* I cannot believe that Monty Python and the Holy Grail received 8.4/10 votes, beating out Braveheart, The Deer Hunter, Sixth Sense, The Graduate, Saving Private Ryan, Hotel Rwanda, The Sting, and even the Wizard of Oz (to name a few). That is blashemy and a testament of the influence that geeks have on


GreyInTheMiddle said...

I'm sorry dear Sir, but I must protest your narrow view of MPSFHG. I apologize that you have no fair sense of British humor, and knowing you quite well, I could have warned you ahead of time that you would find no enjoyment in the movie. However, I must contest that it is not GEEKS who have made Mr. Python's brilliant comedies cult classics and time-enduring mainstays in the world of comedy, but those who have an enlightened sense of humor. It is those who have been schooled in the art of (at least understanding) punnery and dry wit who have come to hold the Python adventures close to heart.

Simply because you cannot comprehend one type of humor does not invalidate its beauty, nor does it merely make it a feast for the GEEKS. Amen.

jonfroehlich said...

Yah, but it's so bloody boring!

Also, look around, most Monty Python fans (particularly Monty Python fanatics) are GEEKS.

I know, I go to school with them, work with them, play basketball with them, and now, perhaps, date them :)

jonfroehlich said...

Also, I'm not sure anyone would defend MPSFHG's beauty... in fact, I'm pretty sure that's the first time such an adjective has been associated with the Pythons.