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Movies: The Good The Bad and The Ugly... But we Love Them

Last evening me, and three friends decided to take in a movie.  As I sat in the theatre waiting for that big screen to consume me with it’s tale to tell, I began to think about movies in general and what they mean to us. Movies are just not simple entertainment. Movies are who we are! They not only influence how we behave they also influence what we want to become. They tell us about the world and give us a close up picture of society with all the good, the bad, and the ugly.

My first recollection of how influential movies would be in my life was as a child watching The Sound Of Music.  Not only did it show me that nuns weren’t all they were cracked up to be but I learned about the Nazis and what it was like living in Europe during their occupation.  I also loved and still cannot forget the music, and sometimes will catch myself singing "Doe a deer a female deer" as I clean my condo.  Probably one of the most influential movies in my lifetime was Saturday Night Fever.  I was 19, and although Disco was already dead, me and Paul Custarari would go to “Hot Spurs”at Yonge and Eglinton to display our dancing finesse. There I was dressed in my platform shoes, neon blue danskin top and matching skirt, sporting blue eyeshadow and a hair flip that made Farrah’s pale in comparison.  Maybe it was the blinding lights from the multi coloured dance floor or the glare from the silver disco ball overhead, but on those nights Paul was Tony Manero and I was queen of disco.

I’ve always loved movies and I always will. I remember going to see Close encounters of a third kind and wishing that aliens would come and take me away. Although one look at the audience in the theatre that night should have told me that it had already happened. Remember Jaws ? Well not only can’t I swim in the ocean, but to this day I have trouble in lakes, and to tell the truth I am still a little skeptical about bathtubs, because I know how many sharks there are in there. 

Movies can have great meaning. In Forrest Gump Tom Hanks says “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates, You Never Know What you're going to get” Or in The Shawshank Redemption  Morgan Freeman says “Get busy Living Or Get busy dying”. Well those are life-altering words.  Even lines that aren’t poignant have made their mark on me. When The Captain says to Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke “What we have here is a failure to communicate”, I had no idea that I would use it whenever I was not getting my point across to someone.

I know for sure that the men I have dated are influenced by movies because more often than not I could swear I hear them say “Here’s looking at you kid”, and inevitably they are on their way.  As we sit in that dark, quiet theatre of learning, laughing, and reflection we are transported to another place.  Movies can make a political statement as in Fahrenheit 911 or can let us know what war is like as it did in Apocalypse Now, or Saving Private Ryan.  And sometimes they can just be sheer pleasure, as my yearly viewing of It’s a wonderful Life does attest. 

I know I am not alone in my addiction to movies. Let’s face it…there’s a little Tony Manero in all of us…I can tell by the way I use my walk ,I’m a woman’s time to talk”… I Still can’t get that song out of my head…Oh well….I love the movies anyway.


©Lori Weisbrod


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