As has been our tradition for several years, my friend, and fellow writer, Jeffrey C. Pettengill, and I will attend the midnight showing of the new Harry Potter film tonight. We look forward to these each time they are released (although not the day after during which I am ridiculously tired). There’s something about being one of the first to see a movie – along with several thousand other people. Still, it’s fun to be there with all the fans, some dressed up some not.
I love going to the movies. Heck, I love movies period. I watch them on cable, on hulu, on demand, and on dvd/blueray. Give me a good story and great characters and I’ll give you two hours or more of my life. Mostly… it’s the great characters, which isn’t surprising since as a writer, that draw me in.
I want to see someone or more than one character redeemed. Tim Allen’s character in “Galaxy Quest”, Jude Law’s character in “Gattaca”. I want someone to be changed, like Rose in “Titantic” or Red in “Shawshank Redemption”. I want them to go on an emotional – and occassionally physical – journey such as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Luke Skywalker in his “Star Wars” trilogy. I want to be carried along with them.
And if I can be inspired? So much the better.
What movies do you lose yourself in?