Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adding to the List

I have something new to add to my list of iconic Aussie things I have trouble loving.

Well, I can't say that exactly.

I love all these things in theory, but only for the fact they're Australian. Classic Australian.

No, it's not like I feel obligated to love everything Australian.  I don't love a pile of vomit just because it comes from the guts of an Aussie.

But there are some classic Aussie things I love less than I should (as a person obsessed with Australia).

Such as....

Vegemite (thought I love the little jar)
The Magic Pudding.
Blinky Bill
Peter Carey books
Ned Kelly (I don't dislike the guy, just not very interested)

And now there's The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

I finally watched the whole movie.

I didn't hate it.

But I wasn't very entertained.

It's a comedy, but I don't think I ever really laughed.

I laugh much more while watching Q and A. THAT show has a lot of laugh-out-loud moments for me.    

I did like some bits of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

I like the chunder song and being reminded of the mythology behind the word.

Supposedly, the word comes from people throwing up on ships. They'd called out to people on lower decks, Watch Under!   Eventually it morphed into Chunder!

I also love the Barry Mackenzie song that's played at the end of the movie.




Oh...and I liked the motel bit.   It reminded me of the Happiness Hotel scene in The Muppet Caper.   It made me wonder if the Jim Henson people were inspired by Barry Mackenzie.  



Actually in general....the movie reminded me of a Muppet movie.   It had that kind of style.   The main character gets involved in various situations and meets colorful characters on the way.

I'm guessing that style of movie has a name...besides Muppet style. 

I like Muppet movies though, better than Barry Mackenzie.   It might be because I had a hard time understanding a lot of the dialogue.

It could be that I'm not good at understanding Aussie English.   But I watch other stuff with it, and have no problem. 

Maybe I don't understand 1970's Aussie English.

I would hear mumbles and then understand key typical Aussie phrases.   It would be like blah, blah, blah blah, bloody poms, blah, blah, blah in like Flynn blah blah, blah, blah, technicolor yawn, blah, blah, blah.