If you know me at all, you’ll know that much of the space in my brain is filled with all kinds of random pieces of trivia. While I have a smattering of other factoids in my mind, it’s mostly movie trivia. See, most of my time that is not occupied by work or actually doing stuff is spent relaxing in my room and watching movies. As I type this, I’m watching one of my favorite Star Trek movies (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
I know I’ve told you about my book collection and how many boxes I have in my room. My movie collection is also quite large. I have a tower that nearly meets the ceiling. It’s full of movies (all alphabetized, of course).On top of that, I have about 6 or 7 boxes of varying sizes full of movies in my room. They’re from all kinds of genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Drama, Children’s movies, and even the occasional Horror film (it’s not my favorite genre, but I do enjoy the odd movie that fits into that category). If a movie entertains me, I like it and I’m more than happy to just add it to my collection. Friends of mine joke that I’m too easy on movies. One of them even says that I like every movie. This is definitely untrue. There are, in fact, movies that I don’t like. I like the ones I see because I tend to avoid the ones I wouldn’t. Why waste time on something that’ll be awful and not in the fun way?
Back in my early college years, I used to go to the movies once a week. Nowadays, I go less frequently. Probably because movie ticket prices have gone up so much in recent years. I still enjoy seeing films on the big screen. There’s just something magical about sitting in that dark room with all of those people who will be sharing the same experience. It’s a good way of feeling just a little more connected with your fellow man. Well, at least that’s how it feels when you’ve got an audience as engaged with the material as you are. Sometimes, the experience is not as awesome. But that’s neither here nor there.
Whenever I’m feeling in a crappy mood, movies are there to help me. Recently, I drove myself a little batty at a party I was hosting and ended up having a little bit of a breakdown. So, I fled to my room and to cope with the stress, I turned to one of my few comfort movies: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. No matter how dire things are, there’s just something about that movie that’s like wrapping myself in a warm blanket. Other comfort movies include Alice in Wonderland (the animated one) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy because, as I’ve said more than once, as terrible as things may seem, at least I’m not carrying the ring to Mordor.
I wish I could recall when I fell in love with movies. I know that my favorite movie growing up was The Wizard of Oz. My mom has this great story of the elaborate lengths to which I’d go in order to watch it in the middle of the night. She also says that I’d warble along with the music before I could manage words. The first rated R movie that I saw in theaters was The Last of the Mohicans. Mom said it was historical and therefore okay. Apparently, it was supposed to be some sort of learning experience. All I knew then was that Daniel Day-Lewis rocked those buckskins and that loincloth. I was a very incorrigible kid. The last movie I saw in theaters was The Lego Movie. My current plans to celebrate my 30th birthday include gathering folks to see a midnight showing of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. I really should send a letter to thank Marvel for timing things so that it’d come out for my birthday. Okay, the day after, but no one’s perfect.
I could sit down and talk to you about symbolism and nuances in movies. I can name inspirations for all sorts of scenes and references from dialogues. I am nearly a master at “Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon” and games of that caliber. In high school, my theater buddies learned not to try to beat me in what we called “the movie game” (you start with a movie or an actor and the person after you names either an actor from that movie or a movie the named actor was in; I stumped them with Darby O’Gill and the Little People and Sophie Marceau and that was that).
If this seems a little disjointed and rambling, I’m going to go ahead and say that I spent my weekend at an awesome LARP con in Massachusetts (Intercon!) and am just happy to have been able to come up with a topic for this week’s Me Monday and the words that I’ve managed to throw down. Anyway, I like movies. I’d love to get more involved in the process of making movies, but I’m not sure where to start and I currently lack the resources with which to get started. So, for now, I’ll just continue merely watching movies and adding more random trivia to my brain.