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The Power of Movies Posted on 2016-05-10 by Hannibal Luz

I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. Something I haven’t done for quite awhile. I forgot how much of an impact movies tend to have on its audience.

Due to the second assignment, I have watched 12 movies (and more, plus TV shows) in the span of a fortnight. Some new, some I’ve already seen, some I’ve never even heard of. The new ones I watched were 50/50; Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone were brilliant, The Forgotten and Along Came a Spider, not so much. With the former, I felt guilty that I haven’t even heard of them and irritated that I missed out on such good films for so long. With the latter, I spent the whole film wondering if it was possible to die for an hour and a half and come back to life again just so I didn’t have to endure the whole thing.

Rewatching movies I’ve seen from way back when was refreshing, and explained a lot of the things about myself I was always confused by.

My first horror film was Steven Spielberg’s It. My toddler self stumbled across the movie whilst flicking through the channels. I can’t recall what happened next, unfortunately. What I do know is that I spent the next 18 years confused as to why I was afraid of drains and wide mouths.

Same thing with Radio Flyer, which I watched by accident as a child and had resulted in my childhood being more miserable since I thought it was my job to make everybody else happy but myself. I still have the same inclination to this day.

The movie Silence of the Lambs opened my little eyes to the existence of subtle manipulation, differing gender types, my love of crime and gore, and how awful things always happen to the rude.

The feeling that all of the movies of my childhood gave me… You know when you smell something and it reminds you of a place, of a person, of coming home? Certain movies bring me back to my turbulent childhood when my only solace was the television (this was a bit before I had discovered books). I’m not sure whether to be amazed or appalled by this, but, nevertheless, I am still impressed.

Noone can deny the power of visual storytelling. It can change you in ways you may never comprehend. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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