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"Movies Between 10 and 15"

Exercise #30: "Movies Between 10 and 15"
In a 1974 interview with Gerald Clarke for The Paris Review, Gore Vidal said, "Every writer of my generation has been influenced by films... Find out the movies a man saw between 10 and 15, which ones he liked, disliked, and you would have a pretty good idea of what sort of mind and temperament he has." Either for yourself or for one of your characters, list the movies you (he / she) can recall having seen between 10 and 15.

The characters I'm currently working on haven't seen a movie as they don't really exist in their time, so I'll be filling this one out from my personal life. Wahooey.

Except... Now that I think of it... I can't remember what movies I saw between the ages of 10 and 15. So what to do? Make up a character on the spot?

Heck yes, I do!

Meet Alfred, "Al" for short. He's a slightly pudgy, balding man who works as an accountant in Chicago, IL. His hobbies include model airplanes and trains, sudoku, and base jumping among other various activities. He is unmarried but happy with that status; his lifestyle simply doesn't cater to married life, and he's ok with that. He does, however, have a three-legged dog - Bob - that started following him around in the park one sunny, summer day 2 years ago.

Al is a quiet man which makes some people think that he's either stupid or stuck up, but, in truth, he's a thinker. He hashes things out in his mind before saying them and loves philosophy-based circular arguments. He is a kind soul with hopeless romantic tendencies (that he sometimes tries to cover up with cynicism) but tends to be a bit sensitive about things that, for normal people, would have been forgotten after a simple shrug of the shoulders. He is prone to angry tirades, however, if the subject of animal abuse is brought up. Otherwise, he's very gentle.

Ok. Enough setup. I've used nearly all of my 5 minutes to describe aa character. I guess it was for the best, though. I mean, I just met him, too.

Movies Al Saw Between the Ages of 10 and 15:
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • The Thrill Seekers (His mom was an old movie buff.)
  • The Avengers
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Batman
  • 5 Steps to Danger
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Snow White
Ok. 5 (more like 7 or 8) minutes up.

Man, it's a good thing that I'm a movie buff (like Al's mama), because I definitely had to reach pretty deeply into my memory banks to pull out some of those titles.

I guess it was my musical theatre obsession that set fire to my love of classic movies. Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra... just to name a few of the greats. I remember watching all of those old movies and singing along with them, dancing (as best I could) like they were, and laughing at all of the corny jokes. Those were the good days.

But I digress...

What movies have you seen that had an effect on who you are today? Why did they effect you so profoundly?

Can't wait to hear from you.



Laura Eno said…
Wow...I can't remember. I do remember ones from a younger age though, oddly enough. One of my favorites was "Them." There's something about giant radioactive ants that intrigues me...
Roni Loren said…
I saw Dirty Dancing (which made me a sappy romantic who loves happily ever after), Sixteen Candles (which made me love snarky humor), The Neverending Story (which along with the book turned me on to fantasy), and Halloween and the Exorcist (which made me love to be scared--in a safe fictional kind of way). Cool question.
Stef Howerton said…
I watched the same movies as FictionGroupie, only add more Disney movies than you can count. These movies took advantage of my already thriving case of hopeless romanticism and then gives me an overinflated sense of love. Love is perfect, easy, and magical. haha Oh, Disney... I both love and loathe you.

Thanks to both Laura Eno and FictionGroupie for your posts! You're both wonderful.

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