A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.


April 2, 2010


For the first time since we’ve started our daily movie project Amanda and I are watching the movie separately.  So we chose a movie we’ve both watched and enjoyed umpteen bajillion times: Ghostbusters.

As with Buckaroo Banzai this is one of our most often quoted movies.  Things like “Listen!  Do you smell something?” and “You’re right.  No human being would stack books this way.” are just part of our lexicon.  In particular, however, the line “This magnificent feast here represents the LAST of the petty cash” is something that has morphed into “this represents the LAST of the petty breakfast cereal” or whatever we’re about to run out of.  We quote it at least once a week… probably more often.

I was twelve years old when I went to see this movie in the theater.  I remember spending the night afterwards at my friend Eric’s house dreaming that I was a ghostbuster being trained in the use of a proton pack.  What’s interesting to me is that in all the intervening years my love for this movie hasn’t lessened at all.  The only thing that has really aged about the movie at all is its music, and who doesn’t love the synthesised pop music of the eighties?  Other than that the entire movie is timeless.  It could be set in today’s New York just as well as that of 1984.

There’s not much more to say about Ghostbusters, really.  It feels like a movie made specifically for my teenaged self, and I feel like I’m twelve again every time I see it.  I don’t feel like I need to give a plot summary or anything like that, because I’m sure everybody has seen this movie already.  If not… why on earth not?  Don’t read a review of it – just go watch it!

The DVD of this movie was one of great early DVD releases.  It came out in 1997 or 1998 and it is PACKED with great extras.  In particular I love the commentary track that has shadows of the commentators MST3K style in front of the movie.  (A trick also used briefly in the UHF commentary track as I mentioned in my review for that movie.)  Some nice tidbits in the commentary about filming in New York and such.  Harold Ramis says the key to comedy is strange entrances (from under tables and such) and big funny hair.  A lot of nice making of features as well, especially considering that this DVD was produced more than a decade after the movie was made.  Somebody had a lot of foresight hanging on to all that documentary footage.

So.  Ghostbusters.  Go watch it again right now.

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  1. Actually, I disagree that it could be in today’s New York — a lot of it represents Perfect 80s Movie New York. This can also be viewed in After Hours and Splash! Along with Sesame Street and Splash!, Ghostbusters formed my first ideas of what an actual city must be like.

    Comment by A. | April 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. I guess I don’t really know what today’s New York is like. I’ve only been there a couple times (I have vivid memories of walking through Times Square in the eighties before it was sanitized when it was a seedy pit of sleaze.) I guess in my mind New York hasn’t changed at all since then, except for certain painful alterations to the skyline. But compare, say, the New York of Ghostbusters and the New York of Spider Man. I see no major difference. Except perhaps that Ghostbusters treats the city with some respect. If they did a re-make or reboot of Ghostbusters today I maintain that there would be very little change. (And I hope and pray that such an un-necessary reboot never happens!)

    Comment by tanatoes | April 2, 2010 | Reply

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