Jackie Watches Stuff has been a lot of fun to listen to! She and a cohost talk about her impressions of what she knows about a movie she hasn't seen, or what she figures it must be about. Then she watches it, and they come back and talk about the movie.
The episode about Top Gun was a hoot, and it definitely made me rethink what I remembered about the movie -- and go back and watch it after finishing the podcast episode! The Ferris Bueller's Day Off episode was also fun to listen to, but it didn't make me want to watch the movie.
As I started listening to the Titanic episode this morning, I realized it would be more fun to watch the movie before coming back to hear what Jackie had to say. So I did.
What a masterpiece! I knew I loved the movie, but there are some really gripping parts, especially relating to Rose telling her story to her granddaughter and the research crew on site above the wreck. But I've always been intrigued by the Titanic story. I was still a kid when the book and then movie of Raise the Titanic came out, before the ship herself was actually found, disproving some of the artistic license Clive Cussler took with his story, not least the idea that the ship might be intact enough to raise in one piece. (It was actually pretty well established by survivor stories way back in 1912 that the ship had broken in half, but when you have no reason to believe the ship will ever actually be visited, you can pretend otherwise.)
One of the things I've always loved about the James Cameron movie is the spectacular recreation of the ship, and its jarring destruction. I didn't get around to watching any of the special features that accompany the movie today, but I loved some of the explanations of how they accomplished everything. Jackie and her guest spend some time talking about that, and feel that Cal's abusiveness was unnecessary for the story. Would we believe Rose just being bored enough with a rich fiancé to wander off with a random poor kid? Or do we need her to feel genuinely stifled? Good question.