|That guy |
YEAH! SWEET WISTFUL NOSTALGIA, I FEEL SO ALIVE!!!
DO YOU REMEMBER HOW IT ALL WAS?
AS I STROLL THROUGH THE MALL OF MY MEMORY THE HIGHS ARE SO HIGH! THE LOWS ARE SO LOW!
(I'll leave it to someone else to do the crib notes and highlights, but... 7:07. I highly prefer my crazy, mall-wandering, white males in their 20's to be of the melancholic type.)
Pensive and thoughtful, a solemn and sensitive soldier
The music is from the movie "Toys." Good soundtrack, BTW. Weird-ass movie that seemed like a dress rehearsal for a movie that never got filmed.
Anyway, I'm not sure if this guy isn't jumping the gun. Ward Parkway Mall isn't in any danger of going under, at least, not to blight. The place has loads of outer-facing stores, a Target, Dick's, 5 Guys, etc. It's also in a VERY affluent area. If anything gets torn down, it'll be replaced in short order.
Maybe the filmer is a big mall-grief addict and is running out of malls to mourn?
I always liked Toys, and never really understood the hatred it gets from so many people.
There is a intriguing Sci-Fi/surrealist setting to the film but one third of the movie is Robin Williams hitting on Robin Wright.
I'll say he's jumping the gun. You can't do a dead mall video of a mall that is full of customers.
I'm not sure I "hated" it per se. I just think it came off as half-improvised, half-unfinished, and... well, kind of disjointed. I'm all for practical effects, but for the world's foremost toymaker, he sure had a lot of wind-up stuff you could find in most high-end "collectible" toy stores. I'm not saying they should've CGI'ed up the joint, but there wasn't much of a payoff for his supposed genius other than his android sister, and that was Star Trek level FX (not to mention kind of cliche).
It's been a while, but I don't recall the purpose for the operating room scene where the walls kind of closed in on them as they "worked." Then there was the elephant thing at the end where you saw it hoisted by a helicopter over the end credits for no apparent reason.
There's a reason it's mostly famous for Williams standing out in a field for one of the promos, and that was probably only well-known because The Simpsons satirized it.
Sure is deadmalls.com in here lately.
Maybe these are the places we should go Black Fridaying.
|Maggot Brain |
Ah, it's like a memorial for a stillborn!
Goodbye yellow brick road
|Adham Nu'man |
Remember when we bought all that stuff? Those were the good times!
Godspeed shopping centre you! Now make God shop!
A few miles west in Overland Park there is Metcalf South. I used to take cert tests at New Horizons there. The entire inner mall part of the store is abandoned but you can still walk through the first floor. It would have been a great place to film a zombie movie. Other abandoned malls of note in the KC area are Bannister and Indian Springs.
If I remember correctly, Metcalf South has been abandoned since the late 90s. I remember more and more shops closing and walking around its barren husk when I was a teenager.
I used to dig the arcade Nickelodeon there in the late 80s when I was a tiny child!
Bill Cosby was there once!
Bannister just got bought by Cerner (Borg-like medical software company), who's going to put in a campus there.
I think the mall as a concept is just plain dead. The maintenance/upkeep on these facilities with all their empty open spaces for people to walk that have to be climate controlled and kept looking decent isn't cheap. Ergo, rent isn't cheap, and the stores' wares usually aren't low enough to warrant a trip. They also relied upon a lot of niche stores that required the rest of the mall to be healthy to survive, so when Hallmark can't even get enough biz to stick around, everyone that isn't a big box is probably going to pull up stakes.
There used to be a Blue Ridge Mall out East of KC on I-70. The last things to go before it was torn down to make a Wal-Mart shopping center was a Pretzel Time, a no-name hamburger stand, an antique mall in the basement, and a detached Applebee's. I think the movie theater became some kind of "hip" youth ministry before it was demolished.
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