Memories: A Life At The Movies…
“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I’ve always enjoyed going to the movies with family and friends. I love sitting in a large dark theater, full of anticipation, as the screen lights up and, after the perfunctory requests to turn off cell phones and be quiet, the scheduled film begins. I even enjoy watching the credits roll at the end; noting everyone from the main actors to the key grips. I remember watching The Sound of Music, probably my first, at the cinema and It’s a Wonderful Life ad nauseum on the telly. My parents liked showing movies during special holidays; particularly at Christmas. We would gather around the television to watch, share a snack, and make comments about the actors and the dialogue. Often, I would sit there and fantasize about life in whatever part of the world the movie came from… Do you remember the first film you saw in a theater?
But my earliest memorable recollection of being in a movie theater or going to the cinema as we called it back in the day, was an outing with an uncle, my siblings and a few friends to a hot, packed screening room in a private club with what looked like a ton of pre-teens screaming as the movie: Our Man Flint with James Coburn came on the screen. I remember it well because James Coburn was slick and handsome, talked fast, had gorgeous women on each arm as he tried to save the galaxy. In case you are wondering, yes, it was not an appropriate movie for our age group, we were kids not even pre-teens, but my uncle didn’t know any better and we had a blast retelling the juicy parts in the movie to our parents afterwards… Needless to say, they were flabbergasted and Uncle X was never allowed to take us to the movies again. What was the first memorable movie you saw?
“Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.” Leo F. Buscaglia
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Over the years, I was introduced to other movies and grew to love both Bollywood (India) and Nollywood (Nigeria) flicks. What attracted me to Bollywood films, at least from my earliest memories, was the fantastic music, coy love stories and dancing sequences. I remember Haathi Mere Saathi as one of my favorites and my interest simply grew from there. During my years in Nigeria, I got to enjoy loads of pre-Nollywood shows on TV and it was a natural segue to start watching the films like Living in Bondage when they were made. Today I enjoy all kinds of movies, especially foreign films and documentaries, I love anything by Pedro Almodovar, Akira Kurosawa, Ang Lee, Wim Wenders, Luis Bunuel, and more. I have to say though that the horror flick genre is my least favorite; The Exorcist gave me nightmares for weeks. What kinds of movies do you enjoy?
In recent years, I’ve found that even though I still love to live vicariously through the world of movies, I don’t go to the movies every single week but I still go regularly. I saw Black Swan, Inside Job, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, and a bunch of other films and plan to see more when feasible. I must say that if I have to reflect on movies that touched me and that I have seen several times, I would probably include Slumdog Millionaire, Avatar, The GodFather, The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, The Seven Samurai, A Beautiful Mind, Million Dollar Baby, and many of the movies, including foreign flicks, listed in top movies of the 20th and the 21st century. I’ll always love the movies and will go anytime I can. Before I forget, you can take advantage of the offerings from free membership clubs that let you preview new movies when you join groups like The CinemaSource, FilmMetro, and Gofobo. What are your thoughts? When was the last time you saw a great movie and what was it? What kinds of movies do you enjoy most? Do you remember the first film you saw in a theater? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from the Daily Post: What film have you seen more than any other?
Positive Motivation Tip: Our memories guide our path and movies both real and imagined contribute to the memories we hold dear. Choose them well…
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