Hey, these are movies that make me want to write. Not a list of my favorites.
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Sixth Sense
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack)
- Benjamin Button
- Forrest Gump
- Planet of the Apes (Heston’s version inspired me to write Paradox)
- The Godfather
- The Usual Suspects
- Scent of a Woman
- The Green Mile
- Field of Dreams (This is not about baseball. It’s about fathers and sons)
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- The Lion King (Hakuna Matata – Need I say more?)
- The Matrix (Second movie that inspired me to write Paradox)
- American Beauty
- Training Day
- Dirty Dancing (Nobody puts Baby in a corner)
Minds out of the gutter perverts and pervettes. I am talking about in books and movies.
Closing a book where your hero achieved his goal makes you feel good. And don’t you love leaving the movie theater with a smile on your face?
But it is the shocking ending or tragic ending that is memorable.
For Whom The Bell Tolls, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Gone With The Wind, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, all classic examples of tragic (memorable) endings in literature.
At the theater who can forget these endings? American Beauty, Titanic, Schindler’s List, The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia, The Green Mile, and the list goes on and on.
Even science fiction has had its share of sad endings. 1984 and the original Planet of the Apes are two examples.
Want to write something unforgettable – you guessed it. Tragic ending.
So, which do you prefer?
Do you like happy endings?
Hola. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who supported me last week through a crazy week of posting excerpts of my manuscripts. Your reactions and comments about my work and ideas, inspired me to plow forward on my quest toward publication.
One interesting thing that did occur; so many people suggested actors to play different roles. That is a game I often play with my family.
When I wrote The Executioner’s Diary, I thought of a younger Antonio Banderas as the perfect actor to play the role of a Cuban refugee turned hit man. I once mailed him and his representatives a copy of my screenplay; but never heard back from them.
The role of Veyda in Paradox was written for Kate Beckinsale. With the few remaining humans accepting their dismal fate; Veyda is the tough soldier who refuses to believe humanity will become extinct. After watching her gritty performance in Underworld, I wanted Kate Beckinsale as my female lead. (It would also provide Lonely Author the opportunity to meet one of his favorite actresses. Oh, God, she is so hot. Hey a chimp can dream can’t he?)
So, I ask you.
What actor /actress would play YOU in the movie about your life?
Yeah, that is my super power. My better half has the uncanny super power of scent (thus Lonely Author bathes regularly. Rubber ducky doesn’t mind).
Today, posting wasn’t in my plans. However, I just read the works of a writer who deeply inspires me. Need to work off some steam, so let’s go.
I am tired of going to the movies and half the choices are comic book heroes. I have always been a big fan of Batman and Ironman, but things in Hollywood are out of control. What can I say, Hollywood has never been known for great originality. Ninety five percent of the great movies were taken from novels. And many of those they screwed up.
Big James Bond fan, too. Always thought Sean Connery was the best, but that was until Daniel Craig came along. His interpretation of a less than perfect Bond, with so many flaws fascinates me.
The best books and movies are usually about flawed characters who have to overcome their fears in order to defeat their adversaries.
Please, someone, anyone, keep me company. Lonely Author needs conversation.
Do you have a super power?
If you could pick one, what super power would it be?