Merry Christmas, All,
This is a list of five movies I happen to like. Not a top five, or the best movies. They captured my imagination, and I’ll mention a few scenes that really stood out for me.
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back: This is a favorite from youth. It is a space opera, which is a sub-genre of science fiction. My fave scenes revolve around Darth Vader. His utter ruthlessness and ever menacing desire drives the film for me. Also Luke learning how to become a jedi with Yoda was cool. On a side note Lando is my hero. It was cool to see someone of color in a film I love. There’s a bit of a fairy tale motif as well.
Pan’s Labyrinth: This film is so heartbreaking, yet intriguing fantasy and fairy tale. The whole scene with the Pale Man, and the scene when Mercedes cuts Vidal, and her following escape attempt. Was very caught up in the intensity, and worried she’d be captured and returned to Vidal. The brutality of war, fairy tales, and fantasy all mix, yet something beautiful happens in the story.
Raise the Red Lantern: This is one of my favorite films. It has a tight narrative, and it seems like time passes quickly when watching. I felt absorbed into this film. It does have a very tragic ending I feel bad about, yet it felt like a part of the experience. I can’t pick out one scene, I do recommend people seeing this one.
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers: Part of the epic fantasy trilogy. The middle installment happens to my favorite. I do love Gandalf’s return as Gandalf the White. I also like when he rids Thoeden of Saruman’s possession. Also all scenes are improved with the late Christopher Lee (Saruman), so wherever he was, I enjoyed. While not the primary villain of the series, Saruman’s presence is felt along with his plots and intrigue. In a way, it reminds me of how powerful/menacing Darth Vader behaved in Empire Strikes Back.
Clash of the Titans: To clarify, I’m speaking of the original film from 1981, not the reboots. I love the monsters/sfx in this film which has a lot of heart and imagination. The use of mythology, and creatures excited me in my youth. When I look at it again, I find it a fun tale of a hero rising to power, slaying the beasts, and getting the princess. It’s very much a fairy tale and adventure.
Part of the reason I made this list was to explore what I like about some films, and possibly they would reflect what genres I’d like to write. Some of the qualities I note may show up in my writing.
I encourage everyone to sit back, and look at what they like, and the qualities within the text. You may find a starting point for your creativity.
As always, happy creative endeavors.