“We are all captives of the pictures in our heads – our belief that the world we experience is the world that really exist.” ~ Walter Lippmann.
Experts say we have about 60,000 thoughts a day and that 90% of them are the same ones we had yesterday. And that probably explains why I have chosen to post something different for a change today. Before I proceed any further, by the time you read this post, I have started traveling to my holiday destination. Yes, I am taking a break in the next few days.
The past few days, I have been very busy getting things done, packing, planning and thinking. And as I allow my mind to wonder, the same thoughts keep coming back into my mind. I was thinking of the things I did while growing up – movies to be exact. I reckon movies are some of the things we can relate and identify with.
You see, movies have a wonderful temporary effect on me. Sometimes it makes me feel good and pumps up the courage inside me to face the world. Then, there were times, when I have to leave the cinemas teary eyed. Today, I wish to share with you some movies I enjoyed according to each decade. They may not be the best, most popular or award winning films. But, somehow every time I think of these movies, they rekindles some very fond memories while growing up.
The 1950s – “Old Yeller” (A 1957 Walt Disney Production.)
The 1960s – “To Sir, With Love.” (A 1967 British drama.)
The 1970’s – “Saturday Night Fever.” (A 1977 American dance film.)
The 1980’s – Ghostbusters.” (A 1984 American supernatural comedy.)
The 1990’s – “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” (A 1997 American horror mystery.)
The 2000’s – “Serendipity.” (A 2001 romantic comedy.)
The story in “Old Yeller” was about Travis, a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War, Texas and was based on Fred Gipson’s book; “Old Yeller.” The film was starred by Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It illustrated a beautiful story on how a profound bond grown between Travis and Yeller. a Black Mouth Cur. I remember this film so fondly because after watching this movie with my family, Dad bought this extra big, hard cover book for me.
“To Sir, With Love” dealt with the social and racial issues in an inner city school and was based on the semi-autobiographical novel, “To Sir, With Love” by E.R. Braithwaite. Starring Sidney Poitier as Mark Thackeray. To me, the most inspiring part was by winning Denham (Lulu) over, Thackeray won back the respect of the rest of the class and was invited to a class dance …….. “Those schoolgirls days, of telling tales and biting nails are gone, But in my mind I know they will still live on and on, but how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn’t easy, but I’ll try …….. I like this movie because I had finished schooling – waiting for my examination results and wondering what course of action should I be taking and how to connect the missing links with my next path in life?
“Saturday Night Fever” directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life, a dead end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community and his association with a gange of macho friends. Had been working for a few years already and love going to discos. Can you imagine the Tony Manero in me dancing at the discos in town?
Remember Ray Parker, Jr’s hit, “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? “GHOSTBUSTERS,” starring Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who started a ghost catching business. About the hit, loved it those days.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” the horror mystery slasher film based loosely off the book by Lois Duncan. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle. Went through a paradigm change during this period. Perhaps, some of the soundtracks here had helped in easing some of the aches inside me, then.
“Serendipity” a 2001 romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein. Serendipity means a “happy accident” or a “pleasant surprise” specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. Coincidentally, this movie was screened here while I was finding my balance after faltering very badly.
Frankly, I am not film crazy. And, I don’t think I have seen enough films to make a truly great choice here. So please treat this more as a sampler for each decade. The 2010’s is reasonably young, so I am skipping it at this moment. Meanwhile, you will have to excuse me because I will have to keep my eyes on the road until I reach my destination and check into the hotel.
May you have a happy weekend and be blessed !!!