I recently finally got a chance to watch the famous Rebel without a cause. So tonight, a group of friends and I ended up chatting about films and TV shows that haven’t aged well.
When I finished watching Rebel without a cause, my immediate feeling was — “Wow, time has not been kind to the film.” It has aged very poorly and the acting and the dialogues were pretty unnatural and quite artificial. And then from a little bit of research, I found that the film critic Roger Ebert has some very blunt words too,
““You’re tearing me apart! You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again.”
James Dean shouts these words in an anguished howl that seems to owe more to acting class than to his character, the rebellious and causeless Jim Stark …”
“The film has not aged well, and Dean’s performance seems more like marked-down Brando than the birth of an important talent.”
The TV show worth talking about is Sex and the City. It used to be a show that I watched every week and quite eagerly. Each episode seemed to strike the perfect tone and funny when I watched them from 1998 – 2004. But now, I can’t even stand watching 30 seconds of Sex and the City if I come across a re-run episode while flipping channel.
Now, having said the above, I think Sex and the City and Seinfeld are like wonderful friends for the time but, for whatever reasons, they couldn’t stand the test of time and failed to become our life long friends.
To me, Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren) and Cracker (Robbie Coltrane) are two TV series that stand the test of time and have aged wonderfully and gracefully considering the first seasons were made in 1991 and 1993 respectively. And I only got to watch them for the first time on DVD in the last few years when the Calgary Public Library started carrying DVDs of TV shows and films. By the way, Rashomon is another great film that stands the test of time and I had the pleasure of watching it thanks to the Calgary Public Library. By the way, strangely the laugh track in the UK Coupling don’t seem to bother me much and I still love the show.
Bonus: Here is a BBC interview – Robbie Coltrane on Hagrid & Harry Potter
As my luck has it, I found something new during my research for this entry. Let me share with you Prime Cracker, a 1997 comic relief spoof of Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren) meets Cracker (Robbie Coltrane).