31 Days Of Blogging Honesty: Day 24

A movie I’m ashamed to say I admit I love is…

Love is kind of a strong word! My first embarrassing thought was High School Musical 3. Don’t ask! Even more shaming is the fact that I like Caligula. There were some very excruciatingly horrible scenes I had to endure but it really amazes me how many sophisticated and poised actors like Peter O’Toole and Sir John Gielgud and even Helen Mirren were in this pornographic farce of a documentary.

My wife watched it once and that was enough for her but sometimes I like to sit and watch and laugh at some of the dialogue and again to see prominent movie stars bouncing their naked jewels for the camera is funny. I first saw Caligula with a couple of my friends (three males and one female). We were all either 12 or 13 years old. One of the kid’s father had an old VHS copy. We watched it in their basement one day after school. Let me tell you, it is not a movie a hormonally challenged kid like myself should have seen. Truth be told, I don’t recommend the movie for anyone. Caligula was one messed up dude and to me, I don’t believe the movie captured the true depravity of the man. I think he was much worse than he was portrayed. Just my opinion.

It is funny that I thought of this ‘film’ instead of using High School Musical 3 because I recently began working on a post about Caligula. I will save that post for sometime later in the year now.



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  1. #1 by thoughtsappear on May 31, 2011 - 7:48 PM

    I’ve never even heard of this movie, but I love Peter O’Toole. The first movie I ever saw him in was High Spirits. He was hilarious! I hope it’s on Netflix….

    • #2 by Tom Baker on May 31, 2011 - 10:13 PM

      He played Tiberius, the Caesar in power right before Caligula.

  2. #3 by The Good Greatsby on May 29, 2011 - 9:31 PM

    I love the story of how Caligula was made and how all these respectable actors were duped into appearing in an entirely different kind of movie than they anticipated.

    • #4 by Tom Baker on May 30, 2011 - 12:20 PM

      I didn’t know there was duping involved. I would like to read that story.

  3. #5 by Rose Reynolds on May 29, 2011 - 8:35 PM

    Like Cherlyn, I asked my parents about it. They have never seen it but knew a lot about it. Like you I am a Prince fan and I am ashamed that both James and I loved Under The Cherry Moon. Blaga, I have many songs too. So many Whitney Houston songs! I only say that because the stations played her songs until I almost hated them.

    • #6 by Tom Baker on May 30, 2011 - 12:19 PM

      I didn’t dislike Cherry Moon but it didn’t impress me. Jerome was funny as usual.

  4. #7 by PrinceConnoisseur on May 29, 2011 - 12:22 PM

    As you might suspect I have seen Caligula. It’s got lots more than just boobs! I can understand your embarrassment. It’s not something I readily admit to viewing either.

    • #8 by Tom Baker on May 29, 2011 - 8:31 PM

      Can you believe the big name stars that were in this movie?

  5. #9 by Broken Sparkles on May 29, 2011 - 11:44 AM

    Haven’t seen it either, but there is nothing to be ashamed of here. I’m not ashamed of seeing any of the movies I’ve seen, for some I regret I’ve wasted my time on. But there are songs that I’m ashamed to like :), many …

    • #10 by Broken Sparkles on May 29, 2011 - 11:50 AM

      oh, my spelling is impeccable today, sorry :)

    • #11 by Tom Baker on May 29, 2011 - 12:07 PM

      When I wrote the question I thought about using songs but there are just too many of them like you said. I had to use movies instead. Maybe you should see Caligula to know just why I’m ashamed! Caligula and most of Rome at that time were some really messed up people! Hedonism to the max with no regard for anyone but themselves.

      “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” – Lord Acton

  6. #12 by Cherlyn on May 29, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    I’ve never seen that one, but I just asked my dad and what he said was “What a pile of garbage” lol. I told him about the question and my dad says “It’s probably cause it has titties in it” lol. I may have to track this movie down to watch, it sounds terrible. As for High School Musical 3, my friend dragged me to see it in theatres (I made her pay lol), and I’ve seen much, much, much worse films.

    Sort of off topic, but have you ever watched Mystery Science Theatre 3000? You’d probably enjoy that show alot!

    • #13 by Tom Baker on May 29, 2011 - 11:51 AM

      One thing that I find interesting about Caligula is that I’m convinced the reality of the situation was far worse than anything that a guy and a typewriter could come up with and put on the screen. Your dad is right, the titties help but that isn’t just why I admit to liking the pile of garbage. You really should find it and watch it. I have seen MST3000 and I like the show and some of the movies they make fun of!

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