Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Deep Impact

No this entry is not about the 1998 asteriod movie that wasn't Armageddon. Its about movies that impacted my life.Why am I writing this when I have 3 followers, one being my husband?I am bored, and need something to fill my time with. I have this urge every few weeks to do things such as: home improvement jobs, excessive baking/cooking, scrapbooking, and writing. There are problems with all of these, the main being that I work 8 - 5, and we have an apartment, so can't really improve things. Oh and the one minor fact that we don't have a ton of money, so I don't have anything to fund this sudden urge to do things. So here I am doing something thats free, and I am at work, but still able to work. Will it quench my thrist for doing? A little. Will any one read it? Well I have a guarnteed 3. So here I go.

1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Why this one? When I was only a wee lass when it was first released? It was the first movie I ever saw in theaters. Yes, I remember it, but only just. I remember walking in, and sitting down, who I was with and thats about it. I can honestly say, I don't remember the movie. Since that first ever theater visit I have seen it countless times, and it's my favorite Disney movie. But the real point is that It was the first movie I ever saw in theaters. Since 1991, I have gone to the movies every year, numerous times. To many to count. When I worked at a theater I got to see movies for free, and when I could finally drive myself, I got to see whatever I wanted, even if no one else did. The Lion King was a movie I saw in theaters, and probably the first one I remember vividly. I got to sit with my brothers in a row further away from our mom, but I got on there nerves and they told me to go sit somewhere else, and I did. Oh yes, and the movie was good too. So, thank you Beauty and the Beast, thank you.

2. Star Wars (Entire Saga)

Let me start with the Original 3. A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. My father had these 3 movies on VHS, and our entire family watched them quite a bit. Me more than other probably,(if my brothers read this they would dispute this, but they argue about everything when its comes to, "Who saw/did something first" and "Who did something the most")I remember watching them on sick days from school, and snow days as well. We were considered strange, because at the time (Early 90's) not to many kids had ever seen Star Wars. The last one came out at the least 7 years ago, and I hadn't even been born when it was first released. One winter's night, me, my sister and one of my brothers went to see Jingle All the Way. A horrible Christmas movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and (the future Anakin Skywalker) Jake Lloyd. Anyway, before the movie there was a trailer, that I will always remember. It was for the Star Wars Trilogy Specail Edition.
I remember after watching it and sitting in the sparsly populated theater and saying outloud, "Wow. I want to see that."
Only 3 years later did The Phantom Menace get released. We lived in a new (small) town, with only one theater and one other family that loved Star Wars, and they just so happened to go to our church. So we waited in line with them all morning(I was to young to sit from 6 am til noon, for whatever reason but my brother got to go out at 6 I came later at like 9ish).It was in a word, Awesome. It was the first time I waited in line for a movie, but definatly not my last.

Sure the New 3 aren't as good as the old, but I still liked them(with one exception and I think we all know what I am talking about coughattackoftheclonescough).

3. Toy Story(1995)

I have already mentioned in past entry why Toy Story was a big deal, so I won't get to into here. It was the first entirely CGI movie. It changed movies forever, and that's that.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy(all movies)

Ah, yes LotR. The only reason I wanted to see this movie was Elijah Wood. Yes, I had heard of the Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit before 2001, but honestly, didn't care. Elijah Wood was the only reason behind me seeing The Fellowship of the Ring. My sister and her husband were visiting us and we were all watching tv when a commercail came on for Fellowship after it was over I said, "Why don't we all go see that tomorrow?"(it would be have been opening day). We all looked at each other and said, "Sure!" Inwardly, my young teen heart went pitter patter thinking everyone new why I wanted to see it. After seeing Fellowship, I loved it, and for much more than Elijah Wood. I ended up reading all the books plus the Hobbit and Similarion(Don't skip the first chapter, I did for some strange reason, and was totally lost and had to read it anyway). The next two years I was completely consumed by LotR. Nothing else entered my vision, but those movies. It was interesting. Now I look back with fondness on my blooming teen years, thankful that my obsession was LotR, and not much else.

5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

I only ever watch this movie when I am ill. It always, ALWAYS, make me feel a thousand times better. A few years ago I got my wisdom teeth removed. The only time I wasn't completely miserable was when I watched this movie. This is the one movie that can not and SHOULD NOT be remade. I understand doing paradys or take offs or even prequels from Oz itself, but never try to remake this movie. It would never be the same. I was a different child. I had an ideal childhood, rarely if ever fought with my parents, didn't rebel, and liked staying home. I didn't want to grow up all that much(just some of the usual day dreams, first kiss, boyfriend etc.)Watching Dorothy desparatly getting home, reminds me of myself. I never would have liked being stuck somewhere, where I couldn't return home. I would have done all I could to get back. Because they really is no place like home.