Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is a great film if only because it’s an accurate commentary on an aspect of the human condition – the nostalgic and often skewed view of the past.  Owen Wilson plays an aspiring novellist who romanticises a 1920’s Paris and everything surrounding it, from the writers to the artists and philanthropists, all of which he uses as inspiration to write his first great novel.  It is a great story because we all do it, we are all guilty of romanticising the great aspects of the good old days while washing over the bad parts.  I do it with films, I do it with music and most of all I do it with video games when deep down inside I know that Contra is nothing more than the great big stupid hulking action games that we see today that was both a product of both the technology and popular culture of the time.  But I still hold it, and others like it, on a pedestal that modern action games just could never ever reach.

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  1. I loved Midnight in Paris. The past is a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to stay there. As Gil says, “These people don’t have any antibiotics!”

    I played a demo of Contra III again not too long ago and I couldn’t believe how flippin hard it was – my younger self must have had the patience of a saint to get through that game. I’ve obviously gone soft in my old age.

    1. Being soft, and having less time to bother with frustration are two different things. Unfortunately they display the same symptoms!

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