I didn’t watch last night’s Democratic debate but I had a good reason. I was watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars instead. They were both on TCM and I think I made the right decision in choosing them over Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, in particular, is always better than I remembered. The first time that I ever watched Close Encounters was in a film class and, at the film’s conclusion, tears started to form in my eyes. I assumed that it was just I was just moved by the end of the film, with Richard Dreyfuss going into space and Melinda Dillon being reunited with her son. Later, I went back to my dorm room and discovered that I was running a fever and had a temperature of 101. Whether you’re sick or not, watching Close Encounters is still an emotionally rewarding experience. That scene where the aliens first arrive at Devil’s Tower still takes my breath away.
As for Star Wars, it’s still a great thrill ride. I watch it and I’m a kid again. Of course, while I’m watching it, I don’t worry about things like how Darth Vader could have built C3PO or Luke’s obvious crush on his sister. I just sit back, relax, and have a blast.
For those two movies, I skipped last night’s debate and I regret nothing.