SPONTANEOUS FRIDAY

You get me

I have always been draw to things I can relate to. This includes things that are alive and things that have never been alive.

I once related to a plastic ballerina doll. Long story, don’t ask.

But when it comes to movies and books those are the ones that take center stage. They understand me. They pull me in and sometimes they become the perfect reflection of who I am or once was.

Movies

 

Seeing Me

When it comes to movies we all love to escape. Not every movie has to remind us of ourselves. Who doesn’t love a good action yarn?

Can you say Diehard?

Speaking of Diehard: Yes, it is the greatest holiday movie ever. Let’s move on.

But if I had to pick a favorite, a movie that perfectly reflected my past, it wouldn’t be one movie. It would be two.

 

Was I really that young?

Movies 1

A few posts back I mentioned a movie in passing. It was a 1985 flick called The Sure Thing and it got me thinking. The movie came along when I was young and free and open to anything. Looking at it now the main character pretty much mirrored who I was.

It was directed by Rob Reiner. A man who directed a handful of classics during his time and a director who I always felt was underrated.

Four year later in an odd sort of coincidence, another Rob Reiner film came along that had the same effect.

A little older but not exactly wiser

When I first saw When Harry met Sally I was pretty sure some of the lines were stolen from the world I was living in. The characters were a little older and set in their ways.

Had it come out a few years earlier I would have rolled my eyes but the timing was perfect. The lead character was struggling, he was kind of happy but mostly confused all at the same time.

As with The Sure Thing, When Harry met Sally was another movie that perfectly captured me at the time. It was fun but a little scary. I saw my faults on the big screen and knew it was time for a change.

 

A Measuring Stick

So I wonder, is this why a book or a move succeeds in our eyes? Does it all come down to timing? Does their message reflect the life we’re living or does it capture the emotion we’re celebrating or suffering?

Those two movies became a diary of my past but most of all they served as a reminder of who I am today and how much I have learned.

If any of you have a book or a movie that mirrors your past hang on to it. Go back from time to time and use it as reminder of how much you have grown. These measuring sticks are gold and they’re meant only for us.

Movie 2

 

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

24 thoughts on “SPONTANEOUS FRIDAY

  1. A very enjoyable post Bryan. I had never thought of it that way, but you started the creative juices flowing and made me think. My obvious choice for an overwhelming influence has to be The Gene Krupa Story starring Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa. As a 14 year old beginning drummer, this movie thrilled me and touched me like no other. The second movie has to be Rock Around The Clock with Bill Hailey and The Comets. The beginnings of rock and roll, combined with a young drummer on my way we’re a potent combination and have stayed with me for years.

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    1. That is a great story, Walt.

      I never saw the Sal Mineo movie but I did see Rock Around the Clock. I love the early history of our music. You being a drummer those two movies must bring back wonderful memories every time you see them.

      Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I liked The Sure Thing but I LOVED (and still do to this day) When Harry Met Sally. You have me thinking, though. And I’ve decided you’re right. At least to some extent, things that are successes (or failures) are colored by who we are at the moment.

    Kind of makes me cringe when I think about how much I like Stephen King, though.

    Great post, Bryan.

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  3. Great post Bryan, can totally relate to When Harry Met Sally (me being Sally of course not Harry). But the older I get now any film I relate to is more like Calendar Girls or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. *sigh* Oh I forgot about Some Kind of Wonderful, that was totally a film I could relate to and I agree with you, Die Hard is the best holiday movie! Yippee-ki-yay motherfucker! Best line ever! lol

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      1. Watts of course, I was always the “go-to” friend. The friend that held the pretty girls purses, sweaters or drinks when they went out to dance or stuff like that. I helped a guy friend of mine win over this monstrous snobby bitch, they wound up getting married. He joined the Navy, had three kids then about six years ago I ran into him at the movies and found out he was divorced. He said to it’s your fault, and I took that as “oh no you didn’t” just say that. I reminded him how he begged me to set him up with her. I walked away before I started to dig into my purse for my “purse shank” to stab him with, lol.

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  4. The Mrs and I watch two movies every Christmas season, religiously: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” of course, and “When Harry Met Sally.” One of our all-time faves. Of course the greatest Rob Reiner film of all is “The Princess Bride” and we watch that 3-4 times a year. Speaking of greatest movies by or featuring someone, “Grosse Pointe Blank” is the greatest of the John Cusack films.

    It’s all relative, I suppose. 🙂

    Happy Friday, Bryan!

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    1. Tom, you sound like my brother in-law. Him and I connect on every movie. I swear you are spot on with every movie you mentioned.

      The Princess Bride is a classic in our home. Like you, we watch several times a year. Grosse Pointe Blank – Love it!!!!!

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  5. Loved this post, Bryan. I’m a huge movie fan and totally agree that we connect with the ones that reflect us when we view them at the right time in our lives 😊. Brilliant observation.

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  6. Just checked out your site and About Me! I’m actually in search of some romance books for summer or any honestly! Good luck with writing novels, my older brother has always dreamed of his stories/books getting published. I don’t know much about that world, but I know how much hard work and love goes into writing – so power to you! Looking forward to reading more in the future!

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  7. Guilty secret, I’ve never watched When Harry met Sally. Maybe it’s time I did.
    You make an excellent point, certain films or novels capture us because we resonate with them, but ultimately we change and the film or book no longer carries the same weight.
    I’ll remember to use them as a measuring stick of my personal growth.

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  8. Definitely! A movie, a book, or a song can make such an impact on us. I really think it’s because we discover a message that talks to our souls, and that’s why it never goes away. It must be magic 🙂

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