The Imagination Connoisseur known as “Timbula the Spidermonkey” swings into the Post-Geek Singularity to share his love of classic, action cinema (and more).

Greetings Rob,

Your friendly neighbourhood Spidermonkey here. It’s been a while since I last sat down and composed a letter for you and the rest of the Singularity to mull over, so here’s one for your consideration.

I am curious what was the first movie you saw that made you truly fall in love with film? I remember the exact moment I became a cinephile. It was around lunchtime on a Saturday in 1981. I was 5 years old and my father ran into the family lounge room, where I was plastered to the floor in front of the television, TV guide in hand. He said “quick, change the channel”. I wasn’t overly fond of this idea, as I was watching some rubbish early 80s cartoon and playing with some Star Wars toys my elder brother had left laying around, so I protested. He told me I wouldn’t regret it. Boy, was he right.

What he had me tune into was a midday matinee of 1963s Jason and the Argonauts. I was glued to the screen. I couldn’t get enough. When it was over, he asked me if I liked it and when I excitedly told him I was, he said, well, next week another movie like this is opening at the cinema, Clash of the Titans. Those two days are two of the earliest memories I have of spending time with my father doing anything other than watching him get ready for work or sleeping on the couch when he got home, because he was so exhausted. We bonded over movies (he’s the one who introduced me to my hero, Groucho Marx) and that bond is something we still have to this day, although he is much less discerning in his tastes nowadays. He is happy to watch any old crap that is playing at the time on his cable TV. I’ve set up Netflix for him and tried to show him how he could access a vast collection of good movies, but nope, he is happy watching generic rubbish. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

So, what movie did that for you? I’d love to hear yours and the other members of the Singularity’s answers.

Until next time, here’s Groucho:

“Those are my principles and if you don’t like them…..well, I have others.”

Timbula The Spidermonkey