When I was a sophomore in college, my mom came to campus for a weekend visit, and we decided to go to the movies on Saturday night. I can remember agonizing over what we would see together.
It couldn’t be too sexy, or have a lot of bad language. I had to be really careful about the subject matter, too. (You would have thought my mom was in grade school.)
I ended up choosing a ‘compromise film’ — a movie that wasn’t necessarily at the top of my list, but that I didn’t think would offend my mom. And it ended up being one of our favorites of all time — the amazingly wonderful, ever-so-classic “The Princess Bride.”
I ended up seeing “The Princess Bride” in the theater about seven or eight times. I kept taking friends back to see it (plus, movies were a lot cheaper back then). I thought a movie that funny and sweet and smart and one-of-a-kind should be experienced by everyone…and I certainly did my part to get butts in the seats.
I also had a huge girly crush on Cary Elwes, who played Westley. “As you wish.” Sigh.
For Christmas that year, I got “The Princess Bride” movie (on VHS), the soundtrack (it was an actual LP record), the poster, the book — you name it. I was all “Princess Bride” all the time.
And today — this very afternoon, in fact — I have the opportunity to meet Cary Elwes in person. He’s appearing at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center.
He’s older and heavier, and he’s promoting those horrendous “Saw” movies that you would have had to pay me to sit through…but still.
Cary Elwes. Here…in New York City. And I may actually get to speak to him.
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If the insect world has a ‘hot list,’ bed bugs are at the top. They are the most talked about, Googled, and feared of the creepie crawlies.
(They’re like Lindsay Lohan…but with better spin control.)
So I was surprised to discover how under-utilized bed bugs have been in movies, television and books. Did we just realize how gross and scary these mattress mites are?
I can only find one movie featuring the critters on imdb.com — aptly titled “Bed Bugs” — and it’s a 17-minute short produced in 2006, years before the recent hysteria, seemingly fueled by a combination of increased international travel and — shall we say — inconsistent hygiene.
But now that people are totally spooked — ripping back the sheets at the finest hotels and even checking theater seats for ‘lint that moves’ — I think it’s time to step up the infiltration of bed bugs in pop culture as well.
We need bed bugs as…
- spokes critters on Hallmark greeting cards
- cartoon villains on Saturday morning TV
- main characters in children’s books
- monsters in horror films — perhaps the next “Saw” movie?
- or even as sidekicks for Ryan Seacrest. (Hey — “American Idol” can’t get much worse, right?)
The possibilities are endless! Everyone in the creative community can do their part.
(If only Lindsay’s career had as many avenues for success…)
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