10. Ghostbusters

10-ghostbustersBackground info

Title: The Matrix
Director: Ivan Reitman
Year: 1984
Run time: 1hr 45m

“A trio of university parasychologists lose their research grant and decide to open their own business, “Ghostbusters,” and almost at once are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in a Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by other worldly demons.”

Live blog

1:30 – I wish my books would reorganise themselves.
3:45 – Is this why people in the 80s had such big hair? Electric shock therapy?
6:59 – How come I’ve never been in a library like that? It’s so big and spacious and old. All the libraries I know are like portacabins.
10:26 – Bill Murray is awesome.
13:53 – I find it odd that their funding would be stopped with no notice.
20:10 – Wow. In my fridge, there is just cheese.
21:30 – Did he just say “print is dead”? That’s incredible!
24:51 – Well, there you go. I noticed that she had some Stay Puft marshmallows, and it blew Mr C’s mind.
29:37 – Ah, this makes sense. We saw a car decked out like that at Goodwood Festival of Speed, and was tasked to take a picture. I didn’t know why at the time!
33:00 – Slimer!
40:13 – Where are they getting all their nuclear power from, because BTTF had to rob some Libyans for the plutonium and stuff.
45:48 – Ooh, another film with the EPA. No Google required this time.
1:00:11 – Does that receptionist not have a home to go to?
1:04:45 – So, here are my current questions: 1 – why does the alien ghost thing look like a gremlin? w – how did the keymaster and gatekeeper lose each other? 3 – when is Stay Puft in it?
1:07:02 – What kind of insult is pencilneck?
1:17:04 – Dogs and cats living together, a disaster of biblical proportions. I like it.
1:19:06 – Uh oh, it’s all gone a little bit eighties. Bad hair, bad choice of song…
1:21:02 – I’m sure I saw an earthquake like this in Superman once. He just spun round really fast backwards.
1:24:44 – Is Stay Puft even in this film? We want Stay Puft!
1:31:20 – Yes! There he is. I want one.
1:34:55 – I am torn between intrigue over the idea of the entire street covered in marshmallow, and disgust at being covered in goo.

Conclusions

I must preface this live blog with the admission that a) I did not watch it alone, therefore I may not have made as many notes as I normally would and b) I had drunk a little bit of wine, therefore any notes I did make may be completely pointless.

It turns out everyone was right. You all said it was a great film and it is. I laughed a lot at the end. I don’t know how much of that was the wine, but I would have enjoyed it sober as well. I am bitterly disappointed at the lack of Slimer, I thought he was in it more. (Also secretly glad because *shudder* more goo.)

Rating: 5/5.

 

6 comments

  1. Yay!
    If you liked Slimer you should’ve seen the cartoon series – although I did find him annoying in that. Do add the second movie to your list, though.

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  2. Jordan Allen

    They do a lot of film shooting at actual locations in New York City, so it is not a big stretch to guess that all the exterior scences of the library where done at the Main Library located on Fifth Avenue between 40th to 42nd Streets. (That’s right, it takes up an entire two blocks!)

    As to its interior, you need to see it to believe it for main rooms like the reading and map rooms. Check on Wikipedia!

    Do not brother with Ghostbusters II, I found it to be a two hour commerical for the line of Ghostbuster toys that where on the market back then….

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  3. Although to go uber geek some of the interiors of the library we shot in the LA central library.

    I love that you picked out the biggest line of the film: “Dogs and cats living together, a disaster of biblical proportions.”

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  4. If you liked Slimer you should’ve seen the cartoon series – although I did find him annoying in that. Do add the second movie to your list, though.

    Considering how famous Slimer and S. Puft are, I was surprised how little they are actually in the film. Have added II to the list, though.

    I love that you picked out the biggest line of the film: “Dogs and cats living together, a disaster of biblical proportions.”

    I don’t remember hearing it (ah-hem, wine’ll do that to ya) but it was obviously quite important to note it down.

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