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I was in high school in 1986  the year Platoon and Hannah and Her Sisters and Something Wild came out. They made big impressions on me. So did David Lynch’s masterpiece. 


1 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 11, 2015 11:30 am

Blue Velvet scarred and scared me for life, and I was in my late twenties. If I saw it as a teenager, I might have to been committed.

Another film a few years later also left a raw nerve that remains today; Jacob's Ladder. I can't exactly tell you why, but it scared the shit outta me.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 11, 2015 11:33 am

Yeah, Blue Velvet is super creepy.

God, I haven't thought of JL in the longest. I wonder if it holds up.

3 Ben   ~  Aug 11, 2015 11:50 am

The first time I saw Jacob's Ladder, I thought it was a masterpiece. I was totally unnerved and amazed by it.

Saw it again a few years later and it just didn't hold up. It was good, but I think I'd put some of my own paranoia to rest by the second viewing and the movie just didn't take root the same way.

4 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Aug 11, 2015 1:12 pm

I think Platoon is a great movie but I have a very particular memory permanently welded to it.

I was a college freshman then, and the professor teaching my political philosophy class was a liberal whiner out of central casting. I'm not talking about the legitimate leanings many of my Banter friends likely share. I'm talking about "I've just met you, and will now harangue you for 45 minutes about how morally bankrupt your entire generation is."

His prescription: "So instead of spending the weekend riding around in BMWs and drinking expensive beer, go see Platoon, and maybe you'll begin to understand what the '60s were all about."

On the inside: Fuck you, buddy. On the outside: Got my B+ and moved on. Bastard's still there almost 30 years later. Still think he should get a job. :)

5 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 11, 2015 2:59 pm

4) That's funny. I saw Platoon on 44th Street and Broadway, the same place I saw the original Superman movie with my brother and father. Platoon really shook me up at the time.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 11, 2015 7:34 pm

I think Platoon doesn't hold up well. Loved Jacob's Ladder back then, need to go back for a second viewing.

David Lynch is a chump, he can't shine David Cronenberg's shoes.

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