We’re just some guys in Boston, blogging about Good Will Hunting.
This blog had two major sources of inspiration. Beyond the film itself, which is oft-quoted in our group of friends and was first seen by many of us at a formative age, I have to acknowledge a scene in a TV sitcom, and a clever movie blog.
In the first season of 30 Rock, Liz Lemon goes on a regrettable date with a character played by Wayne Brady. They have nothing in common. Over dinner, they discuss his hobbies. He likes to “blog about Star Wars.” The joke here is that he means the strategic defense initiative, not the “movie with the monsters,” but it always struck me as so funny and odd. How would one continuously blog solely about a static piece of work?
Secondly, I must praise and applaud the work of Sounds Like a Chick Movie, a short-lived but still online blog about Sleepless in Seattle. Mike, its creator, has contributed to Blog Will Hunting since, and we are grateful for his inspiration.
Our Writers & Contributors
Alex remembers seeing GWH once it achieved a wide release in 1998, at the Seneca 6 theater in Seneca, South Carolina. He went alone, very pleased with himself for seeking out this small indie film. Afterward, he drove home down a highway that so resembled the closing scene of the film; it seemed significant. Several months later he went to college in Massachusetts.
Katherine gave a high school film studies class presentation on GWH and showed a scene from the movie on a VHS cassette tape from the library. However, instead of the scene in the NSA office, she inadvertently showed the end of the masturbation scene.
Mike never saw GWH in theaters. He has been atoning for this transgression ever since by cultivating a deep and loving appreciation for the film. Mike once met Gordon Wood; they discussed the pre-Revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.
Dave saw GWH in a theater not far from the MIT campus. He expected this to make the experience more vivid, but it didn’t really make a difference. He loved the movie nonetheless and subsequently formed a musical crush on Elliott Smith. On a related note, he likes them apples.
We would also like to thank those who have written guest posts, and encourage you to do the same. Contribute your Good Will Hunting life experiences and musings here.