I admire well-crafted movies, especially the old classic ones. If there are one or more A-list stars perfecting their Oscar moment roles, then those may be the movies to watch. I say may be because sometimes the current movies can have all the talent in the making, but the story or directing or producing can still make it a mega-bucks disaster. Great movies happen when all the elements of story-line, directing, producing and acting are seamlessly merged. That’s when audiences know they have seen something very special.
All classic movies have moments that are unforgettable. One example is the shower scene from the Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh movie, “Psycho.” It’s why I’m a soaking-in-the-tub kind of gal and not a shower one. Another example is from the Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman movie “Marathon Man.” Hubby and I watched it the other night. We both had seen the movie a couple of times, years ago, but it was Olivier’s portrayal of a ruthless, ex-Nazi dentist, who used his expertise on Hoffman’s teeth to torture answers from him. That scene, both Hubby and I never forgot. Another unforgettable scene is from Drew Barrymore’s “E.T.” in which the likeable alien is “hidden” among Barrymore’s collection of adorable “stuffies.” And what about that famous aerial scene of Julie Andrews, running up this grassy hill and swirling around in a huge field, while belting out the award-winning title song, “Sound of Music?” Classic and unforgettable moments–each and every one of them.
Books all have that too. After all, without the books and/or well-honed scripts, there would be no movies. Writers,—and I humbly include myself in there—all have magnificent stories to tell. We do our best to pour our thoughts, feelings, diabolical plots, unforgettable characters and anything else out there for all to read and remember.
Winston Churchill was famous for all his gung-ho quotations, catchy phrases and words that were meant to rally morale during the dark years of World War 2. Who could forget Churchill’s famous words, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Or this Churchill quote, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get his pants on.” I never realized it was also Churchill who wrote, “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Today, Russia can still be described this way.
I have been told there are only so many plots to form a story. However, it’s the method of twisting conventional thinking with the unconventional or the unthinkable. Abracadabra–new plot! There are thousands, possibly millions of writers and poets around the world who plug away at their craft in their various languages. We all have one common goal–to craft the perfect story that grabs readers’ attention; a story that challenges your mind, keeps you entertained and one your heart will never forget.
Okay–back to the keyboard. I feel a new story bursting forth. . . . .maybe this will be the one.