One concept that developed with the regular crew was the idea of a film “litmus test” for potential new friends, colleagues, partners, etc. This acumen of testing the waters with new people rang very true to me. There are old stand-bys like The Breakfast Club, Casablanca or Shawshank Redemption that you could throw out as your “favorite movies,” but what were movies that really got you laughing, really got you crying, or really just got you as a person? These are movies that you may hesitate to bring up because it could mean the difference between real friends and “Oh, yeah I met that person once. They were cool.”
For me, this was Manos: The Hands of Fate. I never would have known about this movie, like most people, if it wasn’t for Mystery Science Theater 3000. My childhood to young adolescence was spent watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 every Saturday with my family. This show informed my sarcastic, dry sense of humor so much that I never felt like people understood me until college when I was able to meet other people who had also watched the show. At that point, I was able to watch Manos: The Hands of Fate on its own thanks to my friend’s technical ability to get anything from the internet. When I watched it without the witty banter of the robots at the bottom of the screen, I was able to realize what a gem this movie was on its own.