My husband is known for many things, not the least of which is his ability to quote movies. Back when we were first dating, so many of his well-timed quotes went flying over my head. I simply was not in the know.
I needed an education. I needed a movie-cation. (That was a quote too…anybody catch it?)
Since then, I have scratched my head through The Goonies, Spaceballs, Zoolander, and Space Jam. He has introduced me to the painful hilarity of Dumb and Dumber, and the entire Ace Ventura saga. We have even begun watching the 80’s throwback TV series, The Goldbergs, because every five minutes Jordan will yell, “Dude! I had those when I was little!” and this is entertaining for me.
Earlier this month, my husband realized that a monumental date was approaching. October 21st, 2015–the exact date that Marty McFly arrives in the future to rescue the fate of his as-yet-unborn children in the 1989 science fiction classic, Back to the Future II.
When he realized that this was yet ANOTHER movie that had somehow not made it into my childhood, he almost choked. I had not even seen the first Back to the Future. Apparently, this is the mother of all nostalgic movies, linked inextricably to childhood memories that are essential to knowing his true soul.
So we watched both of them.
And Great Scott! I have to say, I was extremely impressed with the level of complexity in the story. Even with crude special effects and Doc’s consistently over-excited demeanor, it had the same “wow” effect on my mind as The Matrix, or Inception.
While not every prediction about life in 2015 has come true (um, where is my flying car?), many of the futuristic imaginings are actually reality today! For example, video calls are normal (hello, Skype and Facetime!), many movies are 3D, Google has come up with video glasses like the ones that Marty’s kids use during dinner, and technology allows us to pay for things electronically.
It’s pretty cool to live in the future.
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