“I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
What is it about movies that makes them stick in our memories more than many other art forms?
While we can fondly recall and deeply love literature, music, paintings, live performances and other media, a motion picture stays with us and reverberates in our mind.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Providing cultural touchstones and shared experiences that we can relate to; these are pieces of history for which we bore witness, stories, scenes and moments that have seared themselves into our shared experience.
“Bond. James Bond.”
Perhaps movies make a big impression on us when we are young. Going to a theater for the first time, seeing images projected dozens of feet tall on a screen as big as a dream, let’s us be swept away by stories that expand our imagination.
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Legendary performers, with the advent of motion pictures, have been immortalized, while the work of great stage actors from generations past were lost to time. Despite accounts of the stage performers’ power, they left no tangible evidence. Their work was ephemeral, and often forgotten by history.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
Now, however, immortal performers live beyond their earthly years. Young kids today can fall in love with Judy Garland as she sings about going over the rainbow. Or they can dream of walking through a chocolate factory with Gene Wilder. Or share a laugh with the Marx Brothers crowd of a hundred people in one ship’s cabin.
“May the Force be with you.”
Many great pop culture figures have been obscured by history. Yet, with movies, we never truly lose them. Their essence is captured and preserved for all time.
“E.T. phone home.”
But actors are only part of the magic. While they are the most visible component, each film has many talented artists, committing skills to support the creation.
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
From a directors’ guiding vision, to a writers’ crafting of narrative and dialogue, to a cinematographers’ skillful painting with light and color, to a sound engineer making sure each moment is captured clearly there are many contributors to the movie experience which makes is so memorable. Every moment that edges toward immortality is the result of hundreds of moments of toil.
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Nowadays, streaming services vie for our time and attention, with thousands of movies (and shows and series’) to enjoy at virtually any time of day. A universe of experiences waiting for us, at incredibly reasonable prices.
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.”
And yet, as we all set off on our own pop culture journeys, there are still moments that call to us as lines, scenes and stories that capture our imaginations; pieces of film history that transcend life’s limitations and become an integral part of our experience.
“I see dead people.”
That’s the magic of movies. We hope that with this conversation will help readers discover, or rediscover, those moments. The ones you’ll never forget, and the ones you will soon find for the first time.
“Why so serious?”
So many streaming services, and nothing great to watch, right? Not true, if you know what to look for.
Sure, the front pages of all the big companies like Netflix or Amazon are usually filled with newer movies. But if you use that search bar you can find classic films from bygone eras that you never knew were waiting for you. Here are a few legendary films ready for you to watch on every major streaming service right now!
The Stranger (1946)
The third film directed by Orson Welles is this dark and exciting film noir. A man investigating war crimes (played by Edward G. Robinson) tracks down a high-ranking Nazi fugitive with a compulsive attraction to clocks. The film was a certified box office success, the first of Welles’ career, and earned writer Victor Trivas an Oscar nomination.
His Girl Friday (1940)
One of the all-time classic screwball comedies, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. A newspaper editor (Grant) tries to win back his ex-wife and star reporter (Russell) by suggesting they work together on one last story. Based on the classic 1928 play The Front Page, which has been adapted for the screen four times, though this version is considered the greatest.