I generally have a pretty good memory for the important things. And for the not-so-important things. As in anything to do with the movies. The other night on our radio show, my co-host was shocked when he asked me who was the other actor to play Shoeless Joe Jackson in a film besides Ray Liotta. I replied that it was D.B. Sweeney without a moment's hesitation. That kind of shit, I'm good at.
But sometimes my memory fails me in craptastic ways.
Two recent examples of my that happened just yesterday.
First, I was watching TV late at night and the film Resident Evil: Afterlife (don't judge me!) was just about to start on one of the movie channels. I looked at the brief plot description on the screen, did a mental inventory and decided that I hadn't seen it yet. And for the first five minutes of the film, I was happy as a pig in shit. A pig in shit watching an awful movie, but I was in the mood for an awful movie. So there.
Then the prelude ended and our hero was flying a WWII era Russian fighter plane up to Alaska to meet her friends and I was like "Wait a minute here...". Yup, I had seen this shit. And I remember it was awful. Everything came flooding back at once. The brief scene in Alaska. The prison in LA. The huge axe-wielding mutant zombie. The finale on the ship.
But that first 5 minutes? Nope...none of that was familiar at all. And (since it came out in 2010) I had, most likely, watched this film less than a year ago! Maybe I was watching it while I was futzing around on the Internet late at night while drinking bourbon or something, but I don't remember that first 5 minutes at all. So weird.
Then I sat down to right a post about something I found on Youtube! a while back. I have a sticky note application on my laptop, and one of them is for blog post ideas. I had jotted this one down a long time ago. Maybe as long as a year ago. But I suddenly got jazzed to write about it. So I did.
About a third of the way through the post, I started getting this deja-vu feeling. Did I write about this already? Nah...I would have deleted it off my sticky note. But these words do feel pretty familiar. Hmm...lemme check. And, sure enough, I had written about it before. A little over a year ago. Ur-dur!
So you get this post about that failed process instead.
"You're a handsome devil. What's your name?" - Mary Blank