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Narrowing down the movie list

Posted: March 26, 2013 5:51 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Recently, I’ve come to notice that I have difficulty in choosing just one “favorite thing.” For example, when asked what my favorite TV show is I could list off about five or six shows that I watch religiously. The same goes for musical artists, books, animals, etc. Basically, I have a hard time choosing just one thing to “love the most.” I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will never be able narrow down a category to just one singular item as being my favorite. But, I have decided that in order to be a productive citizen in society who has some sort of stability in her life regarding likes and dislikes, that it’s probably a good idea to at least narrow my favorites down to a few. In honor of beginning this process of really considering my options and figuring out exactly which, in any particular category, are really my favorite I will begin with my favorite movies which I have somehow been able to narrow down to two.

Remember the Titans without a doubt, has and always will be a movie that no matter how many times I watch it I will grow to love it even more. One reason for this strong love towards the Titans is due to the major nostalgia it evokes within me. It reminds me of being 3 years old and sitting in Zemp Stadium, freezing cold. It reminds me of being in elementary school and running the flags up and down the field with every touchdown. It reminds me of Fridays in high school wearing my cheerleading uniform to school. It reminds me of covering my eyes like Sheryl Yoast while anxiously exchanging glances with Callie Neal because we were too nervous to watch if we would gain those three yards for a first down in the fourth quarter. It also gives me hope and faith in humanity. Though people can be hateful because of their own fear, something such as football can cause that to fade away. “Before we reach for hate, we always, always remember the titans.”

I fell in love with Moonrise Kingdom after seeing it this summer. I think the reason behind my infatuation with it has to do with the character Suzy. Suzy is a 12-year-old who loves reading (“especially stories with magical powers in them”), exploring and “from time to time she goes berserk.” At 12 years old, I was Suzy. I spent most of my childhood years reading, constantly reading, exploring the woods and swampy areas surrounding my neighborhood with my best friends, and living in a (mostly) fantasy world. In the film, Suzy decides to run away from home which immediately brings to my mind a similar incident when I, after a spat with my parents, decided that I would run away in an effort to escape my oh so terrible life. So, I packed up my wagon, my cat, a few slices of bread, and headed on my way. The similarities between Suzy and me during this incident are so strikingly similar I feel as though I’m watching home footage of myself during my own escape from home. She even brings her kitten along for the journey. There is also an incident where Suzy attacks a boy with a pair of scissors after he taunts her (no worries, just slight injuries) and I find myself thinking “been there, done that” -- just not with a pair of scissors…

The reason these movies stick with me the most are not simply because they are fantastic movies, which they are. No, the reason these movies hold such importance for me is the nostalgia they bring with them. They both transport me back to times that I miss and allow me to, in some way, experience the wonderment of high school football or feeling terribly misunderstood as a child. I think that’s the point of films in the first place -- to transport you somewhere that you either have been before or that you wish to go. With that said, I would like to apologize to the young man that I hit in fourth grade for making fun of me. More so, though, I’m more apologetic because I was the one who had to stand on the fence for my actions and he got away scot free: elementary school injustice at its best.

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