It’s Not Like in the Movies…

Have you ever thought about why we get so much pleasure from watching movies? Or reading books come to that? It’s a question that comes up so often at the start of relationships isn’t it? What’s your favourite movie or your favourite book? Why do they hold such significance for us?

Have you ever thought about why we get so much pleasure from watching movies? Or reading books come to that? It’s a question that comes up so often at the start of relationships isn’t it? What’s your favourite movie or your favourite book? Why do they hold such significance for us?

Is it purely escapism? In movies or books we can lose ourselves in another life, one that we’d prefer or one we’re glad we don’t have. Maybe it’s a way to better define our own realities? We see characters develop and watch the paths that they follow; does that give us a way to better forge our own paths – learning from their successes or mistakes?

Do we learn more about life from reality or from films and literature and are we ruined by what we see or read? Great love stories can leave us feeling inadequate because our own relationships don’t live up to the passionate maelstroms depicted but can also uplift and inspire us to seek out such a love. Do we feel defeated because we are not the handsome hero or the beautiful heroine or are we encouraged to improve ourselves physically? War films are rarely made without depicting heroism on one side and depravity on the other; does this give us a distorted view of a terrible tragedy or does it promote patriotism?

Lord of the RingsDo we like movies and books that make us laugh, that take us back to our childhoods in some way? To a time when we believed in magic and other worlds hidden behind a wardrobe door? Does a glimpse into the World of fantasy take us away from the mundane in our own lives? Are we looking for confirmation that good will always really triumph over evil? Do we look to our super-heroes to carry us away to a place where there will always be someone standing by to give us protection when we need it most?

I had all these questions running though my mind this morning so I decided to look up which books and films we love the most according to sales; the list might surprise you:

  1. Avatar (Fantasy)
  2. Titanic (Love Story)
  3. Starwars: The Force Awakens (Fantasy)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War (Fantasy/Super Heroes)
  5. Jurassic Park (Fantasy)
  6. Furious 7 (Action/Adventure)
  7. The Avengers (Fantasy/Super heroes)
  8. Avengers Age of Ultron (Fantasy/Super Heroes)
  9. Black Panther (Fantasy/Super Heroes)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (Fantasy)

8 of the top 10 grossing films of all time are stories that take us completely away from reality and into another world. Is that what we are looking for?

The same can be said of books. There is not much from real life in the top selling books of all time (in the western world); Don Quixote tops the list, followed by a Tale of Two Cities but then we have Lord of the Rings. The Little Prince, Harry Potter , the Hobbit and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The fantasy stories somehow cross the line between adulthood and childhood, meaning that they can be read and appreciated by both so what’s they key? Why are they so popular to so many people?

I honestly don’t know the answer, what do you think? Why do you read what you read and watch what you watch? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Lisa x

 

Poignant…..

Have you ever had a thought that just seems to pop into your head out of nowhere? Obviously there’s a reason for it tucked away in the cerebral tangle but, on the surface, there appears to be no apparent reason, do you know what I mean? Yes? Good, in that case you’ll understand why I am posting this. There’s no real reason other than the thought popped into my head and I wanted to share it with you as it’s so unbelievably poignant……..

Have you ever had a thought that just seems to pop into your head out of nowhere? Obviously there’s a reason for it tucked away in the cerebral tangle but, on the surface, there appears to be no apparent reason, do you know what I mean? Yes? Good, in that case you’ll understand why I am posting this. There’s no real reason other than this scene popped into my head and I wanted to share it with you as it’s so unbelievably poignant……..

“I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments will be lost… in time… like… tears… in rain. Time… to die”

I saw this film many, many years ago and this scene has stuck with me during all that time; Rutger Hauer’s acting was absolutely flawless and his speech exquisitely sad.

Do you have any film moments like that? They’ve stayed with you from the moment you first saw them and just randomly pop into you head every now and again? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you..

Lisa

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Weekend Fun!

There I was quietly minding my own business when Fandango tagged me for some weekend fun! Yes, I wondered that for a minute as well but, no, he was challenging me to answer some fiendishly difficult questions and then pass the baton on to 3 unsuspecting others. Obviously it’s no longer the weekend but who I am to deny his request so here goes:

There I was quietly minding my own business when Fandango tagged me for some weekend fun! Yes, I wondered that for a minute as well but, no, he was challenging me to answer some fiendishly difficult questions and then pass the baton on to 3 unsuspecting others. Obviously it’s no longer the weekend but who I am to deny his request so here goes:

1. What are your three favorite movies?

This took some thinking about as, due to my advancing years, I have seen many, many movies but these are my top 3:

Dangerous liaisonsDangerous Liaisons: I loved the evil machinations of the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich, who I had a huge crush on by the way) and the Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close). For me, it was a brilliant example of the lengths some people will go to in the name of ‘love’.

Life of BrianThe Life Of Brian: I’ve watched this film about 30 times and it still makes me laugh. It was deemed blasphemous when it first came out but, damn, it’s funny!

Interview with the vampireInterview with the Vampire: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater and Antonio Banderas all in the same film – what’s not to love!

2. Toilet paper rolls: over or under?

Definitely over. Under results in the paper going round and round and ending up on a heap on the floor – sheer madness!

3. What’s you favorite fish? No, not the kind you eat, the kind you keep in an aquarium, assuming that you don’t raise fish in an aquarium in order to eat them.

Angel fish without a doubt. The first time I saw them in the wild, so to speak, was when I was snorkeling in the Caribbean; I just said ‘wow’! This was a bit of a mistake as saying ‘wow’ necessitates unclamping one’s mouth from the mouthpiece of the snorkel; whilst I didn’t actually drown, it’s a memory that’s stuck with me ;O)

After a quick run around the playground, I’ve tagged:

Brandewulf because he’s an interesting chap and I really want to read his answers

Mike because he was one of the first people I followed and I’d like to know more about him

Ivor because he’s feeling poorly at the moment and I hope this may help to take his mind off things

These are my questions for you guys:

  1. If you were walking alone in a forest and an unarmed alien stood before you would you try to communicate or run away as fast as your legs could carry you?
  2. If you were told that all the music in the World would be destroyed save for one piece that you could keep, what would it be?
  3. Have you ever laughed so hard that you snorted [beverage of choice] from your nose? If so what was the cause of the hilarity?

There you have it guys so over to you and enjoy :O)

Thanks once again to Fandango; despite this not being the weekend, it was certainly fun ;O)

Lisa

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Smile and the World…….Runs!

I don’t know if it’s all this talk of Halloween but I got to thinking about the terror that can be found in a truly evil smile. You know what I mean, the mouth is turned up at the edges but the eyes belong to someone who wants to do unspeakable things to you (and not in a good way!). Therefore, in the spirit of sharing and maybe scaring the crap out of you I thought I’d put together some of my favourites (and by favourites I mean those that, after the first viewing, gave me nightmares for weeks…….

I don’t know if it’s all this talk of Halloween but I got to thinking about the terror that can be found in a truly evil smile. You know what I mean, the mouth is turned up at the edges but the eyes belong to someone who wants to do unspeakable things to you (and not in a good way!). Therefore, in the spirit of sharing and maybe scaring the crap out of you I thought I’d put together some of my favourites (and by favourites I mean those that, after the first viewing, gave me nightmares for weeks…….

This guy really gave me the willies and yet, when I was looking at stills this morning, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why and then I found this clip……shudders!

The gentlemen

I was a huge fan of Buffy (or, more accurately Angel and Spike) but never found it particularly creepy….until I watched the episode with The Gentlemen. These guys floated along bestowing murderous smiles on all those they encountered. If memory serves Buffy bought them to justice by making their heads explode although I can’t quite remember why…can you?

chucky

 

Fear of a two foot high plastic doll defies all logic but fear of one that’s alive and has a smile like this makes perfect sense!

Heres Johnny

Here’s Johnny! I watched The Shining again fairly recently and was thoroughly bored for the first 45 minutes or so but then the pace picked up, Jack Nicholson got his crazy on and I remembered why it’s such a bloody terrifying film! Handsome though he was, that’s not a smile you’d want to see!

 

So, there you have it, my top picks for ‘completely manic, deranged and likely to cause an unfortunate trouser incident’ smiles. What have I missed?

Let me know, I’d love to hear from you :O)

Lisa x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Moment of Terror….

As Halloween is coming fast upon us I wondered, do you remember the first time that a film or a TV series scared the bejeezus out of you? You know the sort of thing, you’re utterly terrified but  you just can’t tear your eyes away from the screen. I remember hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks ventured onto the set of Doctor Who but it was watching a film called the Medusa Touch which gave me my first experience with blind terror…

As Halloween is coming fast upon us I wondered, do you remember the first time that a film or a TV series scared the bejeezus out of you? You know the sort of thing, you’re utterly terrified but  you just can’t tear your eyes away from the screen. I remember hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks ventured onto the set of Doctor Who but it was watching a film called the Medusa Touch which gave me my first experience with blind terror…

I was at home on my own so I must have been a teenager and I guess it was early evening when I started watching the film. It wasn’t a horror film per se as it was distinctly lacking in blood and gore but the suspense! Oh my God! As psychological thrillers go this was up there with the best. It played with my mind in such a way that every slight noise in the house made me jump and huddle closer to the dog for comfort. I should point out that the dog in question was an extremely anti-social miniature dachshund who had little or not interest in scary films or hysterical teenagers and was therefore no help whatsoever but still……

It was getting towards the end of the film and the suspense had built and built; I could not take my eyes off the screen, I’m fairly sure I’d stopped blinking altogether by this point.

“What was that?!” I asked the dog

He didn’t answer but gave me a withering look and wandered off looking for food, obviously thoroughly exasperated with my jumps and gasps. This time, however, I wasn’t jumping at nothing, I could hear someone moving about upstairs; I broke into a cold sweat. I tried to tell myself that it was my over active imagination but then I heard footsteps on the stairs; the second from the top creaked……and there it was……creeaaak.

My heart was was going like the clappers, my palms were sweaty; what was I going to do? I was all alone in the house, I didn’t have time to get a weapon and the dog was no bloody use. I’d forgotten all about the film. I was on my feet and staring at the frosted glass door that separated hall from living room, there was someone there. I was frozen with terror as the door handle turned with unbearable slowness….

And then my Dad walked in. I screamed at the top of my lungs which in turn scared the crap out of him so he yelled causing the dog to come hurtling into the room, frantically barking and snarling and looking for someone to bite.

After we’d all calmed down a bit I figured out that, I’d been so intent on this damn film, I hadn’t heard my Dad come in from work. It was only in a very quiet and mind numbingly scary moment that my brain registered a presence.

Needless to say there were a few nightmares after all this and I was banned from watching scary films until I was 18. At 16, I watched the Amityville Horror at the cinema which, predictably gave me terrible nightmares which, in turn, woke up my parents…I was not popular!

What was your first scary movie? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you

Lisa

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