This re-post from June 2012 is especially appropriate since I just watched “Princess Bride” again last week. It’s all part of reviewing past writings looking for that elusive book that might be in there somewhere…
The truth is, I don’t really remember lines from movies the way I sometimes pretend to do.
I remember one quote from “Star Wars”, “the Force be with you”, or at least I think that was said there.
I remember several things I loved from “Princess Bride” but I can’t quote them exactly, something about a peanut, and something about the RUS’s.
I remember the shrubbery in “Monte Python’s Holy Grail” and the blood spurting hand (which I’ve tried to forget and can’t).
“UHF” is responsible for my love of enterociters (spelling?).
Lastly, I remember laughing till my sides hurt during “Three Amigos” but I’ve watched it since and couldn’t quite relive the experience. I sort of remember being sick and having a fever while watching it the first time and that may have accounted for it seeming so funny.
That’s it for movies. That’s all I remember. Not impressive.
But I do enjoy a good movie and can get caught up in a thought provoking plot, if it’s not too weird and unbelievable, and if the characters are compelling. I also have an emotional memory of how I was affected by most movies, even when I don’t remember the plot.
I rarely choose to watch a movie a second time though (exception – Princess Bride). I guess I just don’t want to clog my neuron pathways with most movie content when I have trouble remembering my own life that I’m actually living.
And then there’s the actors … I put them in the same boat with sports figures. They simply get paid too much for what they do, even when they do it well. If they’re a high salaried actor it should be part of their job to go feed starving people in Africa with a lot of their money. It’s ridiculous, and no wonder so many of them end up getting disillusioned with life in general. That being said, you must be aware that this is an opinion and you are entitled to feel differently.
4 thoughts on “Movies”
Princess Bride is my family’s favorite as well. It has all of the ingredients and in just the right amount for a perfect hero’s journey. ALthough I like a good movie and can identify the famous taglines, I rarely use the lines in my everyday; except maybe “i’ll be back.” I always seem to return.
I’m glad you always come back, but is that line from a movie? I’m clueless.
“He vas my boyfriend!” Young Frankenstein
“As you wish!” Princess Bride
“I’m meltingngng.” Wizard of Oz
I haven’t been to a movie theatre since we saw Jurrasic Park-the first one.
I watched “The Revenent” but it wasn’t pleasant, nor was “American Sniper”- but I watched them in jail with my students, to analyze how revenge is a destructive emotion and how deeply emotional events traumatize your life. It was very impactful to spend time discussing how they felt. We also “Watched Men Who Stare at Goats”, which was just plain strange. I want to be impacted if I take any time to watch a movie.
I agree. Have to be thought provoking, inspiring orgood for laughing, which is healthy. Mom likes National Lampoon’s Christmas