Tonight I re-watched Agnes of God. Boy, that Jane Fonda isn't much of an actress, is she? She seems to be of the "You can tell I'm acting because I'm SMOKING and I'm TALKING LOUDER" method, which is what I remember of my college boyfriend's theater group.
I'm a little surprised I watched this movie as a CHILD, but actually it was probably totally okay because I realize on re-watching it I didn't understand ONE SINGLE THING that was going on. For one thing, I didn't realize the first time that Meg Tilly (Agnes) was supposed to be young. Nor did I understand she was supposed to be crazy, so, uh. I guess the blood might have upset me, but I don't remember it. This time around it upset me more that there is a HUGE CHUNK left out of the solution to the mystery. As a child I thought I just didn't understand it, but NO.
I DIDN'T see Witness, but I always think I did because I get it confused with Agnes of God. For some reason. They did come out the same year, but that's all I've got by way of explanation.
The most traumatic movie I can't believe I watched as a child was Time After Time, which (spoiler from 1979!) has a scene in which a girl hides in her closet while her best friend is killed by Jack the Ripper, who thinks the best friend is the girl. There is blood EVERYWHERE afterward. What traumatized me was not so much the blood (although, !!!) but the fact that the girl KNEW Jack the Ripper was coming for her at her apartment (she saw a newspaper from the future) but DIDN'T LEAVE because she was so paralyzed and upset. She just sits there weeping, waiting to be brutally murdered. THEN, she suddenly panics when he arrives and she hides, and just then her friend arrives.
I loved the movie Oliver!, except for the scene (spoiler from 1968!) where nice, nice Nancy is BEATEN TO DEATH, which I couldn't BELIEVE was TRUE. Like, at first I just thought her boyfriend was beating her up, but then it turned out she was DEAD?? And Oliver SAW it happen?? Horrifying! At that stage I think I was innocent of the idea that men sometimes kill women they're romantically involved with. Really, it's a shocking concept.
I think I would have loved E.T. if I hadn't been so repulsed by the slimy, ugly alien. All my friends thought he was so! cute! and had E.T. dolls and t-shirts and stuff, but the look of him made me feel sick and gave me bad dreams. His heart! glowing through his translucent skin! BARF.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...