A month ago, I asked my readers a simple question about “the book that influenced you” and was encouraged by peoples’ responses since there were books I hadn’t even heard of. So, in that vein, I’m asking another simple question today to balance out an intense blog week with posts about abortion and oppression of women. I want to thank folks for engaging in such thoughtful and respectful dialogue. One of my hopes in blogging is to create a level of Community and Conversation – all while hoping to direct people to the life of Christ.
In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. No one will bite your head off. This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.
Here’s the question:
What are the films that have influenced you the most and why?
I’m not necessarily asking for your favorite films or what you think is the most influential film to impact cinema but rather, the film that influenced YOU. It’s possible that your most influential film is also your most favorite film. More specifically, I’m asking for your short list of films that “changed” you or the way you see the world. Influential books and movies have the capacity to share a story in such a way that they compel us to change; move us in some way or another. They inspire, scare, encourage, humble, enbolden… And more often than not, we can see these films again and again and again.
Shawshank Redemption: I love this film. I love Morgan Freeman and his voice. And this is one of the movies I can see again and again. The reason why this film influences me: HOPE.
Matrix: I don’t think I’ve ever been so mesmerized by a film. Amongst the current 20-30 year olds, this is probably the referred film. Right?
The Passion of Christ: Not an enjoyable film. Have only seen it twice but one of the most influential for simple reason that it doesn’t hold back in the depiction of the suffering of Christ. In my opinion, this film is a gift to the community of faith and should be seen by all. When people complain that it’s too violent…exactly.
Enter the Dragon: Two words: Bruce Lee. He’s the first Asian person I ever saw on the big screen. Just seeing that was empowerment.