Whether it is curled up in a sea of blankets alone or one among rows of others, watching movies have always been one of my favorite things. I recently watched a TedTalk video of a women, Beeban Kidron, speaking about the shared wonder of film. She hits upon the reasons why we go the movies, why people become so invested and passionate about the stories and characters we watch. If you think about it, the fact that we can fall in love with these stories that unfold and (sometimes)resolve in 2 hours long is amazing.
Despite the fact that I love movies, I realize that I haven’t seen a lot of the movies that are deemed “the best”. To say “the best” is of course relative. Maybe a better word is “influential” or “impactful”. A few months ago I was out to brunch with a few friends and I realized that S has never even heard of the movie “Pretty in Pink” or “The Breakfast Club”. To me that was blasphemous! Pretty in Pink - a classic tale of rich falls in love with poor. How many spoofs have there been of that detention scene in the Breakfast Club? Yet, at the same time I’m the one who has never seen the Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, or My Fair Lady.
So - Project. Now that I am officially graduated and hold a full-time job, I need a project. I went online and found a list of “the best” movies. Again, quotes. This list is from AFI’s 100 years…100 Movies. A list of America’s most inspiring movies from (1896-1996). All of these movies were aired on CBS as part of their celebration of the cinema centennial. I already see a lot of movies from here missing that I want to see but I figure, I gotta start somewhere.
So…every so often I’ll pick a movie from the list and (my apologies to those who may read this) post my thoughts. I shall definitely be adding to this list so if any of you guys have suggestions, I would love to know.
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”—― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
“Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”—
Frank Lloyd Wright. A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects (2000) by John Rattenbury