Sunday, June 04, 2006

Bill, Ted, Jason, Napoleon

Since I seem to be on a "mediocre entertainment from my childhood" kick this early morning, I guess it's worth noting that Kottke has given Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure five stars. Mostly because he and his friend watched the movie "every single day for a span of 2 months" as kids. He goes on: "If there were a Broadway production of this movie, I could slide effortlessly into the role of either Bill S. Preston, Esq. or Ted Theodore Logan, no rehearsal needed." I can't say I ever had a videotape that I wore out like this, but I know it's common when you get to be a certain age and happen upon some movie that grabs your young mind. I'm pretty sure that The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were two that fit this bill for people around me growing up.

The topic of Bill and Ted randomly popped into conversation yesterday at the Met after we saw a painting of Napoleon in the Girodet exhibit—sample line: "Do you realize you have just stranded one of Europe's greatest leaders in San Dimas?"—at which point I wondered: Whatever happened to Keanu Reeves' blond co-dude ("Bill S. Preston, Esq."/Alex Winter)? What's he been up to? Turns out ... a few movie projects, but not so much. He never quite made it to heartthrob status.

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