FORREST, FORREST GUMP

I just watched Forrest Gump…for the fifty-second time…at least!   Isn’t that just the best movie?  Every time I watch it, I see something I didn’t notice before.  I think, maybe the reason I like it so much is that so much of the things that ‘happened’ during the movie, I remember really happening.  And, even though Forrest is there only through ‘movie magic’, we somehow feel as if he could have been there.

 I had a smiley face  T-shirt!  I remember Watergate, even if I didn’t understand it at the time.  I remember when Nixon resigned and gave the Peace signs as he entered the plane.  I remember Viet Nam, and hippies, and when marijuana became a big thing.  I remember Kennedy and his assassination,  I remember when we first started hearing about AIDS, and the hysteria that followed.  I remember when Reagan was shot.

So, maybe the reason I like it so much is that it reminds me of my ‘formative years’.  That, and I always like the way he and his son sat on the riverbank together.  And, you know, you just KNOW, that boy is going to have a great life.

Another movie I can watch over and over is Shawshank Redemption.  Such amazing performances.  I love the way good finally triumphs over evil…even though it took many years.  I like to imagine those two guys growing old together by the sea in Mexico.

One of the funniest movies ever is The Princess Bride.  Well, maybe not so much funny as it is clever.  You have to watch it several times to even get all the jokes.  Wonderful writing.

And, naturally, those tried and true ‘girly’ movies…Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, and Fried Green Tomatoes, and Ghost and Steel Magnolia’s are always running on some station somewhere.  And  Under the Tuscan Sun…great!  I have to stop and watch anytime I flip past them on the TV.

And, I can’t leave out Somewhere in Time…perfect!  And, the music!  Oh, it’s such a beautiful, beautiful movie.  And so romantic.  Along those lines…Chocolat…not too well known, but such a beautiful picture and story.

I do not like movies that are full of stress and nonstop excitement and heart stopping action.  I guess I have enough stress in my life already.  When I go to a movie, I want to laugh or at least smile.  I don’t mind a serious subject or a movie that is sad.  But, I really like to have that ‘uplifted’ feeling when I leave the theater.  One of the movies that fits into this category for me is Awakenings with Robin Williams portraying doctor, Oliver Sachs, who discovers the drug L-dopa and ‘awakens’ patients who have been in catatonic states for decades.  Based on the memoirs of Sachs, it is sad and touching and sweet, and heart warming.  It also plays somewhere on TV every month or so.   Shawshank fits here, as well as, Schindler’s List, which everyone should have to watch, and Rain Man, which gave us all a lesson in compassion and acceptance.  One more…Cast Away!

I recently watched a movie, a few years old, but new to me.  I knew it would be a little bit terrifying, just from the reviews I read.  But, it so intrigued me, I watched it anyway.  I had the TV controls in my hand and could fast forward if necessary.  The movie was Seven Pounds,  starring Will Smith.  What a movie!  I had to watch it twice to get it all straight in my mind.  But, so powerful.  No, I could not watch about 5 minutes of it…but just imagining it is close enough.  I love a movie that plays over and over in my mind.  The more it is pondered, the more is gleaned from it.

Little Miss Sunshine was a movie that is hard to forget.  First of all, the language is atrocious…very bad.  Second, this is the most dysfunctional family ever…including their extended family.  But, through their journey to the little girl’s beauty pageant…we learn to see much deeper into each character and begin to understand them.  Excellent movie…great lessons…a little kooky…awful language.  As Good As It Gets…tops, too!

Of course, I suffered through all the Star Wars movies, and the extended versions.  I know all about Luke, and Leia, and Han, and Chewbacca and Lando, and Jabba, and the stormtroopers, and the droids, and R2-D2, and C3PO, and…Yoda.  And, I could give you about 20 or so more names, but I’ll spare you.  All my boys loved The      Lord of the Rings movies, and watched them again and again.  Me, not so much…too dark.  The best of all the ‘other worldly’ movies…E.T….the best for all the reasons a movie can be called great!  Somehow the Harry Potter stuff escaped us…and that’s fine with me.  Those vampire kids, too…never saw them…never want to.

 I thought I wanted to see The Help, but I read the book, and I’m afraid the movie may not match up.  You know when you read a book, you put a face to your characters, you build the town they live in and you create a face and life for the friend and acquaintances.  They are alive as you read the book, with features just as the author dictates.  But, if you see a movie after you have read the book…it very rarely looks like you saw it in your mind.  So instead of seeing the characters for the first time, it is actually for the second time and they may be nothing like you built them.  My niece, Tara, said that is what bothered her a lot in the movie.  We both have a deep affinity for reading.

I confess I don’t go to movie theaters much…just wait for them to come out on TV or whatever it is now that we play on our TV.  What movies have you committed to memory?  Which ones can you watch over and over?  Which ones made a real impact in your life or taught you a lesson?  I’m sure I’ve forgotten some really important movie, but perhaps you will jog my memory.  Love to hear your answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. I was already past those years and FORMED when Forrest Gump came out, and do you know, as many times as I've "seen" it—I've never seen every minute, except that first time at the theater. I just catch it wherever it is, and continue from there. Several movies are just hypnotic—when they're on and I pass through, I just stop there and watch—almost all the Jane Austens, and Shawshank and Fried Green and Enemy Mine and would do the same, probably, with all the HP and LOTR, except we have the DVD's.

    And anything Agatha Christie that's been made into series or movie—especially with Poirot—David Suchet, of course. I do love a puzzle, and he's always for what's RIGHT.

    Hope all is well down there, and that you're enjoying this glorious weather (well not today's—cold and cloudy, but October's the most glorious month I think).

    Chris will be headed that way this weekend for a visit with his folks.

    rachel

  2. We went to see "Courageous" this past Saturday with some couples from my husband's men's group. It is a must see even if you wait for it to come out on DVD. But make sure you have tissue.

  3. Forrest Gump really is one that never, ever gets old. To me, so is Driving Miss Daisy. Destiny and I recently picked up some cheap videos at Salvation Army that we hadn't watched for a few years – Mrs. Doubtfire, all three Free Willy movies, both Sister Act movies. I love movies that make me both cry and laugh. As for The Help, the movie did not disappoint me at all. But the funny thing is, I can no longer remember much of what the houses or people in the movie looked like. They all still look like the ones I imagined first of all when I was reading the book!!

  4. You had me at Forest Gump! I am watching As Good As it Gets right now on cable. I loved The Help but didn't read the book but I did buy the book since so I can pass it on to my grandchildren. I am afraid to read it since I loved the movie. I agree with watching those movies over and over again. I do see things I never saw before even after watching them fo the 20th time. I agree with the ones you love. My list will change at times. Right now I watch It's Complicated and Life as We Know it over and over again.

  5. I love all the ones you mentioned, plus Driving Miss Daisy, Secondhand Lions, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou, The King's Speech (and almost anything with Colin Firth in it), most of Hugh Grant's Movies, Pretty Woman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Something's Gotta Give, Steve Martin's A Simple Twist of Fate, and It's Complicated (I don't care for Alec Baldwin's political opinions, but thought he was hilarious in It's Complicated).

    I ordered Dr. Zhivago from NetFlix for the weekend and can't wait to see it again — all 3 hours and 20 minutes of it!

    I LOVE movies and could go on and on …

  6. I love all the ones you mentioned, plus Driving Miss Daisy, Secondhand Lions, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou, The King's Speech (and almost anything with Colin Firth in it), most of Hugh Grant's Movies, Pretty Woman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Something's Gotta Give, Steve Martin's A Simple Twist of Fate, and It's Complicated (I don't care for Alec Baldwin's political opinions, but thought he was hilarious in It's Complicated).

    I ordered Dr. Zhivago from NetFlix for the weekend and can't wait to see it again — all 3 hours and 20 minutes of it!

    I LOVE movies and could go on and on …

  7. Man, we pretty much like the same movies. Although, I have never seen Princess Bride or Shawshank Redemption and I loved the Star War movies. I also like Chariots of Fire and SeaBiscuit. There is something about the truimph of winning in both movies that I love – also the faith of the runner in Chariots of Fire who was willing to give up his gold medal moment because it meant running on Sunday. You don’t see that much anymore.

  8. I may get crossed off your list, but I may be the only person in American who didn't like Forrest Gump! Yikes, that's hard to even say. Parts of it were o.k., but I just didn't care for it……I always feel like I have to apologize when I say that. I loved Shawshank Redemption! One of my favorites! Loved The Help both in book and movie form! I expected the movie to disappoint me, but it really didn't. In fact, my husband, who generally doesn't like movies loved it too.

    I also loved Seven Pounds, even though as you say, it was hard to watch! I almost always love anything with Denzel Washington, he's just a great actor. I loved As Good as it Gets. Honestly, I love movies, but hardly ever go to one, just wait until it comes out on DVD. I loved E.T.

  9. I like movies, but rarely get to watch any. At this stage in my life, I just don't have 2 hours to sit down and watch! We're into the "Buddies" movies at my house….Air Buddies, Space Buddies, Spooky Buddies, you get the idea. They are cute, and one day Levi would like them, I think. As for The Help, I LOVED the movie. I thought they did a very good job with the casting, for Aibilene and Minny and Celia were exactly like I pictured them. I agree that movies based on books are usually nowhere nearly as good, but this was an exception. I even went back and re-read the book after seeing the movie. For me, the funny parts were still funny, but the serious and sad parts were even more heart-wrenching on the big screen. Do see it!

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