ET: The Extra Terrestrial is playing at The Paramount this Friday. Who’s as excited about this as me? Did everyone else buy their ticket two months in advance just in case? Silly questions, I know. Obviously the answer is everyone.
As much as I’m anticipating the movie — I might even dress up — there is one aspect that…let’s say…gives me pause. This movie from 1982 is playing as part of the Summer Classic Film Series. That used to mean movies released before I was born — movies it would have been impossible for me to see in a theater. Now, the series includes movies I did see in a theater. Though the series calls itself classic and has E.T. under the heading of new classics I find myself always equating it to vintage.
This isn’t the first instance of being made vintage — I once found my childhood rainbow cloud phone that rang in the tune of Für Elise at Room Service Vintage. That happened a few years ago, which makes it worse. It helps that others out there are also confused by so-called vintage objects.
“Vintage should be at least 30 years old. Shouldn’t that be a rule?” a co-worker exclaimed the other day while she looked up first editions online.
“Because otherwise it’s retro,” I chimed in and then paused. “No, wait, that makes me vintage.” I had to rethink this impulsive idea because it went against my current ideas and made E.T. officially old enough to be appropriately vintage.
Yet, another co-worker, just a couple years older, agreed with the first.
Which I suppose is easier than trying to reconcile vintage, retro, classics, and new classics in my doesn’t-feel-old brain.
Technically, I couldn’t have watched E.T. in a theater, so it still fits into the idea of vintage being older than me and even though it doesn’t feel entirely appropriate I still get to be excited. Not only that, but I like the idea of getting to watch these movies or re-watch movies “as they were meant to be seen!” For just a moment think of all the movies you’ve forgotten about. The classics that have managed to stay popular despite all the new releases deserve another moment on the big screen, no matter their age.
And if I’m at all still doubtful I can grab another handful of Reese’s Pieces – a candy that feels delightfully classic. Hershey’s must have started a large advertising campaign around the time I entered middle school, because I don’t remember ever eating, seeing or hearing about the candy before then. I was so unfamiliar with them that I thought M&M’s were the candy Elliott uses to lead E.T. into the house. It was how my child’s brain reconciled the unfamiliar. My parents (many years ago) set me right. Of course, I later got to show off with my factoid about M&M turning down the product placement which then went to Reese’s Pieces bringing them big bucks as a result. Which proves that a day spent on the couch watching T.V. (and possibly E.T. on rerun) can be educational.
An afternoon writing on a computer with internet access can be even more pointedly educational. It took four years for the candy to make it big on the silver screen. Perhaps knowing its slightly older age is why I don’t mind calling it classic or maybe it’s Hershey’s most recent advertising campaign whispering from my subconscious. Not that we need to get into that again. Moving on to a hmm worthy side note this makes the candy as old as my brother – whose birthday happens to be this week. (Happy Birthday!)
Oh, and obviously I made chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips and with Reese’s Pieces for today’s post.