Saturday, October 13, 2012
My Movie Biography: How It All Started in 2006
In eight days, it'll be my blog's third anniversary, and I decided that I might as well do something special for it. I have three special things planned, but this is the first, which will run right up to the big day. What is the "Movie Biography". Well, it is basically a year by year look at the films that have shaped my love for films. Sometimes there'll be just two films (like there are today), other days there'll be heaps, but I thought I may as well share my inspiring and interesting (haha) anecdotes on how I came to love these films. Because I imagine if I ever got a biography written about me (which is kinda my lifelong goal), the chapters would be in the movies I've watched instead of normal things like "Stevee Taylor becomes an astronaut". Because we all know that's going to happen, which is why people will write a biography on me.
Let's start with my first favourite movie. Technically my love for Racing Stripes all happened in 2005, but 2006 was when I really started loving movies and when I really discovered that I loved this film. First of all, I'm sorry that I wasn't into arthouse movies when I was 11. If you had showed me The Tree of Life when I was that age, I probably would have gone on my Bebo and said "OMG The Tree of Life is my favourite movie!" I'm actually not joking. I used to believe I was cool because I knew of these movies, and even if I didn't understand them, I'd go "I LOVE THAT MOVIE!". Which is why you don't start loving movies when you're 11. Alas, behind that arthouse façade, my favourite movie was one with talking animals that had a zebra as a racehorse. This was for a whole raft of reasons:
-I don't mean to impress you, but my mother and I saw it TWICE. This was a big deal back in the day. I think we saw it our local cinemas, too, which means it was a really long time ago. I also think we saw it a second time because I had two broken arms and I couldn't do all that much. Including eat popcorn like a normal person, but the cinema was dark so no-one would have noticed how stupid I looked with two broken arms. Then again, one of my casts was glow in the dark...yeah, I really thought that out well. Alas, I think the fact that we went to go and see it twice was probably the reason why it was my favourite film.
-One of my friends bad mouthed it and I wrote this raging thing in my diary about how she was too "opinionated". She found it like, three years later and she was like, "what does this mean?" And I was like, "oh don't worry, I just hated you for a day because you said you hated Racing Stripes." I was so cool.
-It was about a racing zebra. Growing up with racehorses, any movies about racehorses were cool. But a movie about a racing zebra was just so out of this world that of course it was going to be my favourite movie.
While we're on the subject of Starkie, one movie that gets me all nostalgic about her and 2006 is Brokeback Mountain. If you've seen my speech, then you'll know all about my relationship with this movie. Basically, I used to be in love with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Obsessive love. I used to tell Starkie all about it (yes, I talked to my horses, don't judge). I would tell people like it was a huge secret and Jake and Heath couldn't know. But I realised that little old me, at only 11 years old, couldn't just walk into Blockbuster and ask them to put Brokeback Mountain in the book so I could take it out for free. No, that was much too simple. Instead, I spent my entire Warehouse gift card on it, and had to hide the film from my mother as we walked out of the shop. I don't know how long it took me to watch it, since I felt I had to watch this M-rated movie without my parents around. And they were always around. At the end of the film, I found I really liked it, though once I decided I didn't love Jake and Heath any more I gave it 2/10 on IMDb. I know, I was really melodramatic. I haven't seen it since, but I do remember it vividly, and I still do love it, even after that "rough patch" I went through with Jake and Heath. I have to thank the film, though, since it introduced me to Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, who have since became two of my absolute favourite actresses. And yeah, it certainly was different than Racing Stripes, so it introduced me to films that had horses in them but they didn't have to always be the focus. After that, I slowly parted with horse films...which opened up a whole new world. So yes, Brokeback Mountain did do wonderful things for me at the mere age of 11.
If you want some more charming anecdotes, check back tomorrow for 2007 in my movie biography! What was your first favourite movie?