When I was younger, it was a big deal for me to watch a rated R-movie. It involved a fair amount of sneaking, as my parents would never allow such a thing. It couldn’t be in the theater, at least not at first, because that was a whole other level of mission impossible shit.
Rather, it was on DVD, and I was on a MISSION to see Gladiator. The trailers were amazing, it was getting nominated for every award there was. I HAD to see it.
And so I did. At my friends house, after the thing came out on DVD (at least I think DVDs existed in 2000, right?), I watched it, and I had never seen anything like it.
This was when I was thirteen, and after leading a relatively sheltered media life where the most violent movies I watched were Jurassic Park and Independence Day, Gladiator was a new level entirely. Blood everywhere, heads rolling, I felt like I was one of the crowd, cheering every kill.
But buried inside was a rather excellent movie, and even at 13 I could appreciate that. It became one of my favorite films, not just for the gore, but for the quality, and it still is to this day.
So, what was yours? What sort of impression did it make on you?