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Lockdown Blog #21 - 'I want something good to watch'

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Welcome to our 21st blog!

Like Antony said in the last blog, it is getting harder and harder to think of topics to write about. What makes it hard is finding something that we feel is going to speak to you when you read it.

So what can I talk about this week?…

It's currently July 4th as I write this, so in the USA it's Independence Day. Every time I hear independence day it makes me think of the film, starring a young 28 year old Will Smith. It came out in 1996 and if you’ve not seen it put it on your list, it's a great film.

In fact I LOVE films, I can easily sit and watch movies all day long but somehow I need to earn a bit of money to pay the bills, so I have to wait for bank holidays, oh and a lockdown!

Talking of films I thought I would give you my Top 20 films I think you should see, plus the quotes that have stayed with me! (it's my blog so I’ll write what I want to!):

20. Gladiator (2000) starring Russell Crowe - Great quote "Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next"

19. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Whats that got to do with my knob

18. Jurassic Park (1993 (the first movie I saw in the cinema)) That is one big pile of shit.

17. Braveheart (1995) “They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!

16. Where Eagles Dare (1968) John Smith: Lieutenant, in the next 15 minutes we have to create enough confusion to get out of here alive. Lt. Morris Schaffer: Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be.

15. Robocop (1987) Dead or alive, you're coming with me!

14. Spiderman - all of them, but if I had to choose!: Spiderman 2 Dr. Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus: Before we start, did anyone lose a bunch of twenties rolled up in a rubber band? Because we found the rubber band.

13. Back to the Future (the first one) (1985) Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads & Great Scott!

12. The Man Who Sued God (2001) I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives

11. The DaVinci Code (2006) Only the worthy find the grail, Leigh. You taught me that.

10. Ghostbusters (1984) Don’t cross the streams!

9. Coyote Ugly (2000) Jim, Jack, Johnny Red, Johnny Black, and Jose; all my favourite men. You can have it any way you like it, as long as it's in a shot glass.

8. The Bridge over the River Kwai (1957) Maj. Warden: The most sensible thing for Major Shears to do is go ahead and jump and hope for the best. Shears: With or without a parachute

7. The Great Escape (1963) Hilts: What do they call a mole in Scotland? Ives: A mole.” 

6. The Blues Brothers (1980) Elwood: There's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses. Jake: Hit it!

5. Hot Fuzz (2007) the greater good

4. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (2005) So long, and thanks for all the fish.

3. James Bond - again, all of them, but if I had to choose - Casino Royale (2006) The name is Bond, James Bond" - has to be that one!

2. Harry Potter - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - I love all these movies but I must say I enjoyed this one the most “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

1. Star Wars (1977 - 2019, all of them, seriously I can’t pick!) It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships, now. She’s fast enough for you, old man.

So there you have it. I have changed these around so many times cause they are all so good. I could add so many more as well and perhaps one day I will do another movie blog. Maybe even, my favourite musicals, now that would be good.

These days we have lot of options to see a movie.  We can view it on TV in the comfort of our homes.  We can also decide to view it on our tablets and phones anywhere we go at our leisure. 

But nothing beats the experience of a cinema. You get to see the movie on a much bigger screen, the sound effects are definitely better. You can immerse yourself in the world the writer, director and actors create. Everything outside is forgotten and for that short period you get to see the story unfold in front of your eyes. We see the good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes sad, depending on what movie you choose to watch.

Nothing else gives a more enjoyable feeling. 

I am trying to come up with a cool ending that maybe makes you deeply think or something. But I can’t think of any…

So I am just going to say these 3 words:

To Be Continued!

Stay safe, stay blessed and enjoy a good movie!


This week’s resource...

Just choose one of the movies above. Your choice!

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