If I Was Born 25 Years Earlier
April 11, 2008

I would've been born in 1958.

I would've lived in a time when my favorite actors were in their prime; Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull and Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. Great, proper acts they were, and still are.

Simple, cut to the chase, straightforward movies which leave people still talking about them 30 years down the road. Insightful stories with great writing and directing that take the audience deep into the essence of every scene.

Far beyond the grand epic trilogy romantic comedy full-blast action movie blockbuster nonsense that are coming out of Hollywood nowadays.

At one end are three LOTR movies, with a total running time of 2 1/3 days, featuring hobbits from middle-earth trying to fight their way through massive wars involving larger than life ogres. All for a ring that would end up on Jack Black's own little hobbit.

At the other end is a film with Dane Cook playing the main role, trying very hard to be funny while Jessica Simpson plays his opposite, as a cashier at an imaginary Wal-Mart. Jessica Simpson, as a Wal-Mart cashier. Might as well put the words ‘Tom Cruise' and ‘straight' in the same sentence.

And at another end is a real-life, out of this world, state of the art, CGI 3-D R2-D2 remake of the old Saturday morning favorite, Transformers. While most regard it as the biggest movie of the 21st and 20th century combined, Transformers the Movie is no further than the ultimate torturing tool in my book. A glimpse of it and any baby seal would die of severe seizure.

But no, I wasn't born in 1958. I was born 25 years ago, today, in 1983. And while I didn't live in the period when my favorite movies were made, I suppose I've lived a good quarter of a century worthy of a decent film.

Then again I suppose it'll fair no better that Catwoman movie in the cinemas. Nevertheless, thank you very much to all who've made it a great ride.



Comments:

Happy 25th birthday Angah! You suck at blowing candles, but I heard you're pretty good at blowing other things.
 

Happy Birthday, Asrif! Jealous dengan kemanjaan korang adik beradik, emmm!
 

otanjoubi omedeto
selamat bday serih. ada masa singgah la UKM. aku nak gi KL cam jam je slalu.
 

Happy Birthday jugak!
 

If I Was Born 25 Years Earlier
April 11, 2008

I would've been born in 1958.

duhhh serihhh..
 

Bwahaha Jeghi...

1983 - 25 = 1958 la...
 

Huuuuu Asrif reached quarter century already :) Older and wiser!
 

Although I do understand where you're coming from with this piece, you have to admit that we live in a beautiful era. Where a bunch of 'good guys' could hang around and share their interests. You know you're thankful for this fact too.

You are one of the good guys.
 

Yeah serih. you suck at blowing candles. ko malu? ngahahaha.. Happy Quarter of Century man..
 

Am I the only one who thinks that the TGIF guys need a good beating?
 

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