Saturday, August 05, 2006
Movies, Malathion, And Movie Candy
We are a Netflix family and I am known for searching the netflix basement for "less than blockbuster movie titles". There is often a collective groan when the red and white Netflix envelope is opened to one of my choices.
Not long ago, I was searching for a Netflix DVD related to anything about the Florida Gators. This was a favor to my wife who is a rabid UF fan.
There wasn't much in the search results to excite a GATOR fan, but there, down at the bottom of the search list was this title, "VERNON, FLORIDA"
A DOCUMENTARY!! WOOHOO! ...AND IT WAS "QUIRKY"! DOUBLE WOOHOO!!
So I put it on our Netflix Que and used my DAD powers to bump it up to #1 on the que.
When it arrived, Jr slipped it open expecting to see the latest almost new blockbuster and out dropped Vernon. Uh oh...
We popped it in the DVD deck and sat down to watch it.
I don't know how to describe it, but I loved it. I think the reviewer in the Vernon link above got it exactly right. I laughed alot at the things these backwoods characters were saying, but almost affectionately, rather than ridiculing. That may be because in our lives, we've known very similar characters and listened to similar rememberances and tales. If you watch it, you will probably think of some older person who shared memories with you.
I highly recommend the Vernon, Florida experience...and not just to Floridaphiles like Laura, Thingfish23, or Hurricane Teen. These characters exist all over the country...you will recognize them.
(I found this image on Google Images here. Using it sans permission, but trying to give credit...this is actually up north)
The Vernon documentary was made in 1981 when mosquito control trucks still sprayed a mix of diesel fuel and malathion. The opening scene in the movie shows a truck similar to this borrowed picture puffing through town.
That scene brought back memories of the smoky fogger trucks that would drive through our St. Augustine neighborhoods when I was a kid. You could hear the hiss of the truck and see the blinking yellow light as it came down the street. We would all run out and play in the "smoke" as it went by.
That may explain alot of the weirder things you read here at Pure Florida.
So since we're talking about movies....
...what's your favorite movie candy?