Movie Memories

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This morning, for some reason, I was thinking back on movies that have stuck with me over the years.  Here are some of them.  I invite you to add some of your own.

I remember going to the Fox Theater in Bakersfield to watch The Sound of Music.  I loved it then and I still watch it from time to time.  I’ve had a crush on Julie Andrews ever since.

In high school, I watched Jaws with my best friend Kimmy.  It was at the Stockdale 6 theater.  I remember walking out knowing that I would never again step foot in the ocean.

When I was in college, I went into D.C. and watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’d never seen anything like that; especially the audience participation.  If it rained in the movie, people would spray water into the air.  The got up to dance the Time Warp.  Anything that happened in the movie, happened in the aisles in real life.  It was surreal.

When The Terminator came out and was released on DVD, I was on a ship somewhere in the Indian Ocean.  We showed the movie on the ship.  I remember thinking “How come all movies can’t be as great as this?”

Around that same time, my friend, Mando, introduced me to Dr. Strangelove.  This was a movie that originally was meant to be a serious statement about nuclear war.  Stanley Kubrick, realizing that it was too real and too scary, decided to make it into a comedy.  It’s one of my very favorites.

I think the most fun I’ve ever had watching a movie was with Back to the Future.  I’m a big fan of Michael J. Fox.

Easily, the movie I have seen the most, and continue to watch whenever I can, is Groundhog Day.  Bill Murray at his very best.  I have probably seen this one at least 10 times.  I’m not sure why but this one never gets old.

And as for my very favorite movie…Well…that has to be One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson.

These are not my only favorite movies.  I’m sure there are lots of movie memories rolling around in my mind fighting for their turn to rise to the top.  Movies like DeadPool or Fight Club are right up there.  I like them when they are bold and break from the standard fare (as Fight Club clearly does).

I like James Bond and Mission Impossible but they all become the same movie in my mind as time goes by.

Bring me something new and creative.  Sneak in bits of humor.  Don’t go for the cheap scare by jumping out and saying “Boo!”

So there you have it.  A peek into my entertainment psyche.

Time to save the world.

Up, up and away…

Jim

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