The Oscar Project
Film that starts with the last letter of your last name
Hopefully your last name doesn’t end with an uncommon letter like ‘Q’, although there are some decent choices for films that start with ‘q’.
In my case, I’m looking for films that start with the letter ‘G’. Last year I had a similar category for a film that started with the first letter of your name, for which I selected Jurassic Park. This year’s selection for the new category is Ghostbusters. Now, I was just a tad young when this film originally came out, but I do remember seeing the sequel in the theater. I actually just enjoyed watching the episode about this film on the Netflix series The Movies That Made Us. As a side note, this is a fantastic series, and if you love movies like I do, it’s a great watch and gives some new insights into some of the most beloved films of the 1980s and 1990s.
I have not seen the original Ghostbusters in quite some time, so I actually sat down to watch it again and it didn’t disappoint. The effortlessness with which Bill Murray plays the role of Peter Venkman is something to behold. There are so many classic lines in the film from “dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria” to “We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!” and the highly memorable “he slimed me” which apparently wasn’t even supposed to be Murray’s line in the original script.
Watching the film again, I appreciate it that much more after seeing how close it came to not being made or being called by a different name when filming began. It’s incredible to think that a few different choices or chance occurrences would have made an entirely different film. Did you know that the film was originally written to star John Belushi and Eddie Murphy alongside Dan Aykroyd? The alternate title of the film was even supposed to be Ghostbreakers, mainly because the title Ghostbusters had already been used by an animated television show in 1975, nearly a decade before the film was released. If Belushi had not passed away before the film was made, and if the studio hadn’t been able to land the rights to the name, just imagine how different the film would be.
Even though the film is nearly 40 years old, it still holds up. The fact that it had a sequel, an animated TV series, several video games, and has even been recently rebooted speaks to the staying power of the original concept. If you haven’t seen the original Ghostbusters in a while, do yourself a favor and dig out your old VCR and VHS copy (I know you have one somewhere) and pop it in for a trip down memory lane with Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?