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So, I'm watching "Raven Hawk". William Atherton, John deLancie, Mitch… - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
December 29th, 2004
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So, I'm watching "Raven Hawk". William Atherton, John deLancie, Mitch Pileggi. Also Jerry Garcia, but not that one.

And I'm noticing that William Atherton (you remember him from Real Genius, right? Professor Hathaway? The jerk? The one who (spoilers) ends up with a house full of popcorn?) looks a little bit like Robert Redford.

So my question is: how does an actor like WA get typecast as the self-important authority figure that gets taken down in the last reel?

Maybe he can't act.

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From:cailleanlarkin
Date:December 31st, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
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Spoilers? On Real Genius? Is there a statue of limitations on how long we have to warn people that we might be giving away the end of the movie? Because I'm thinking that after almost 20 years (I winced to type that), people should damn well know that Professor Hathaway's house gets corned with Kent in it. If they don't, they should be forcibly made to watch it!
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From:tsmaster
Date:December 31st, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
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Seems like a reasonable statute of limitations would be around a month after it first comes out on cable. Or a month or two after it comes out on DVD.

I agree that watching Real Genius is a cultural imperative - much like the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars movies. Those stories are part of our culture, and anybody who hasn't seen them by now might as well speak Esperanto as their only language - I can understand how one might live a full life that way, but it's unlikely that you'd try.

Of course, if you accept that people should be forced to watch Star Wars before being allowed into our culture, that opens the discussion of how many other pieces of pop culture are prerequisites for full membership. Seeing some fraction of the original series of Star Trek? Being able to quote parts of Hitchhiker's Guide? Monty Python? Bridget Jones? Harry Potter?
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From:tsmaster
Date:December 31st, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
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Also, I think you'll agree that knowing about the popcorn hardly spoils the movie - there's so much more to that film than the ending. Like the beginning and middle.
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