Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Sex Files

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a screening of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe". As usual, I riffed on the title when going up to the box office attendant to order a ticket. As alluded to in the title of this post, I said, "I wanna see the Sex Files". Didn't get much of a reaction, but what are you gonna do?

I first watched the TV show when I was in college in the mid 90's. On Friday evenings, I would hang out with my girlfriend and one of the highlights of the evening was watching the show (at that time in its second season). I didn't watch it much after that as I graduated from college the following year.

In the summer of 1998, the first X-Files movie was released and I checked it out. Though a bit convoluted, I quite enjoyed it. Nonetheless, that didn't translate into me watching the series again. So I've been an on and off fan (mostly off).

Being more than a little nostalgic for the 90's these days, I looked forward to going to the second Files film. It was great to see Mulder and Scully back at it (in more ways than one).

One of my favorite scenes is when they go into an FBI building and as they wait to be admitted to a conference room, they both look at a picture of the sitting President, George W. As the camera showed this, the spooky theme music started to play as if to say "Is this guy an alien?". I wanted to laugh in the worst way, but was attending with a couple of staunch Republicans, so had to hold back.

Another thing I loved about the movie is that it takes place in the wintertime. I don't know why, but I love movies that have snow in them. For the last half hour of the movie, it was snowing constantly. I could tell it was digital, but that didn't take away my enjoyment of it.

During the movie, I also realized that going to PG-13 movies has its perks. The film dealt with a woman being held against her will. If the movie was rated R, it would've been much more graphic, but since it had the 13 rating, it couldn't go far which is good since I don't like to see people suffering even if it is simulated.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that Mulder and Scully had been living together for the past several years and I have to admit to getting a wee bit excited by seeing them french kiss in the latter part of the movie.

Overall, though, I found the film a tad disappointing. I guess I was hoping for a more interesting story and there wasn't one explosion to be found (B). Despite this, I am looking forward to catching up on the dozens of episodes of the TV series I missed out on the first time around.

After all, the truth is out there...


Rocketstar said...

You didn't even get a smile from the ticket clerk?

Thomas said...

Can't say I did. This Brett Favre business has everyone's mind preoccupied these days.

houstonmacbro said...

I really doubt if I am gonna see this movie. The trailers have left me a little ...underwhelmed.

Thomas said...

You're not missing much if you never see it in your lifetime, Houston.