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My 15 most influential movies

One of The Auteur’s Facebook friends challenged another friend to list their 15 most influential movies.  I’m posting about this on my alter-ego Facebook page, but I decided to take the opportunity to expand on said list.  Challenge accepted.  So here are my 15 most influential movies…

Fight Club – the great existentialist story of our time.  A real man’s-man’s movie.  This movie and book’s influence on me is evident by clicking here.

Star Wars – my first true movie-love.  Star Wars taught me how to dream.

Rocky (Any of them, or all of them) – The ultimate underdog story of our time.  Any, or all of the Rocky movies will suffice.

The Matrix (the first one only) – In addition to being the most influential sci-fi movie of the last 25 years, this movie reminds me that the only limits are one’s imagination.  There is no spoon, indeed…

Napoleon Dynamite – another underdog story.  A surprisingly powerful story about love, family, friendships and perseverance.

Dead Poet’s Society – The movie that really made me fall in love with English Literature and made me want to be a teacher.

Silver Linings Playbook – A story about a less-than-perfect guy trying to rebuild his life.  ‘Nuff said.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, no other movie had done as good of a job of transporting me to another world since Star Wars.  “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Swingers – another great guy movie.  This one taught me that sometimes you are are money, even if you don’t know it.

Singles – A movie that captured a great moment in time:  the Seattle musical movement of the early 1990s and a series of great inter-connected love stories.

Pulp Fiction – By far, the most influential American movie, of any genre, of the last 30 years.  Timeless and yet so relevant.

Finding Nemo – A modern day version of The Odyssey, and a great father-son story about a father who takes on an a nearly-impossible task of finding his son; and becomes a man along the way.   I don’t care what anyone says, Finding Nemo is Marlin’s story.  Period.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – another movie that really capture a moment in time for me.  It follows the real calendar by which young Americans live…the academic school-year calendar.

Field of Dreams – A man who go to any lengths to answer his inner calling.  A true father and son story, and it revolves around baseball.

Superman: The Movie – Yes, I’m a Batman guy, but this is still, the stick by which all other superhero movies are measured.

There’s my 15.  Thoughts…?

Feeling Lando Calrissian

“this deal is getting worse all the time!”

As I write this, my son and I are on our way into Myrtle Beach where the STBX will be picking him up.  Our plane out of Detroit was already 30 minutes late, so he may miss “meet the teacher night” altogether.

I truly enjoyed my time with my son.  I fear I will miss him far more than I even realize now.   I cried a little as we left my parents’ house today; but I’m doing better for now.

Last night, the STBX tells me that she’s going to need me to pay her in order to stay on her insurance. With each passing day, I’m feeling more like Lando Calrissian: this deal is getting worse all the time. It seems like every day, she goes back on one more thing we agreed upon.

I know things could be far worse, but they could be better.  Jesus, I’m gonna miss my son.

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