Everyone has a favourite thing. Whether it was a stuffed animal growing up, a favourite place to vacation, or even a beloved family member, it is common knowledge we all develop feelings for things like and things we don’t like.
I was exposed to movies growing up like the majority of the population in the United States. The movie industry grew leaps and bounds every year, and the ’80s left us with some of Hollywood’s best and longest-standing comedies, action movies, and thrillers. At this point in my life, I was hooked on Disney movies like every other kid. It wasn’t until my ninth birthday did I really get invested in regular movies.
It was my dream as a kid to become a firefighter, so when Ron Howard released Backdraft in 1991, it became my favourite movie of all-time. Firefighting is a dangerous job, and there are days when guys go to work and never make it home. Howard’s perception of this heroic job and the drama that comes with it was so fantastic that my mom took me to see it about a dozen times. Backdraft also happens to be the first movie poster I ever collected.
People change over time, and so do their interests. Backdraft remained at the top of my favourite movie list, even though I watched hundreds of new movies throughout the 1990s. It wasn’t until 1999 that when my uncle bought me, my first DVD player, I expanded my taste and knowledge of movies. He introduced me to Meet Joe Black, a romantic drama starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani. This passionately romantic movie is about death taking a holiday, in the body of a young man who falls in love with the daughter of a guy whose souk he’s there to take. The romantic chemistry of the two leads and Anthony Hopkins’ brilliance really won me over, both in my mind and my heart.
After a title reign of about eight years, there was finally changed at the top spot. Christopher Nolan reintroduced Batman to the world in a movie about his past, training, and development as the caped crusader. Batman Begins rivalled Batman and Batman Returns while launching one of the most successful trilogies, The Dark Knight. I can still remember that first time I watched Christian Bale don the bat suit. The movie captivated me because it is an epic back story to one of my favourite superheroes, on top of being a great action movie with an all-star cast.
Little did we know that Batman Begins was only the beginning, and Christopher Nolan outdid himself with the next Batman installment, The Dark Knight. Everyone flocked to the theatres to see his masterpiece, which is still considered one of the greatest all-time movies. Crazy, dramatic, and heartbreaking, The Dark Knight is almost everything you could ever hope for in a film. After moving to Canada in 2008, The Dark Knight was the first movie I ever watched at a Cineplex theatre, which was such a fantastic experience. It sounds ridiculous, but back home, the theatres were small in size, and if you ever wanted to go to a multiplex, you had to travel out-of-town. The Dark Knight and the Cineplex theatre environment really changed my perspective of going out to the movies, which has since become my favourite hobby.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in 2011 and bought life to a once thought dead franchise. I honestly didn’t think much of it after the first viewing, but something about it clicked when the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released. The hype and anticipation I had for Dawn were on the same levels I once felt for The Dark Knight, which is saying something since I was never really a fan of the original apes’ movies. What won me over (warning spoilers ahead) was how great a leader Caesar became. He gave everything he had to help his kind be free and live in peace without any restrictions. When he gets gunned down and left for dead, I cried a lot. As he is getting rescued, his only concern is for his family and not his own health. It’s at that moment I realized he was more than just an ape. Caesar is inspiring as an ape and as a leader. His character is so amazing that I wish I was an ape to be in his pack. I still hold back the tears for everything he suffers in Dawn because I was heavily invested in the characters and their epic story.
It is safe to say that my taste in movies has changed quite rapidly over the last decade. I have definitely expanded my interests and been more open to watching things I never thought would be worth my time. Out of all the thousands of movies I’ve seen in my lifetime, there is now one thing I know for sure; Caesar is now my favourite character of all-time. You may ask why or how do I know for sure, so let me tell you that I’ve now seen War for the Planet of the Apes nine times, and I can’t stop myself from bailing every single time. (spoiler) When the movie ends and Caesar’s chapter in the Planet of the Apes saga comes to a close, I feel like I’ve lost my best friend. I still have a hard time believing he is gone. The entire movie may never live up to everyone’s standards, but if you’re emotional and attached to these characters as much as I am, then you’d be brokenhearted too.
Movies are made to spark something inside of us. That’s the reason so many of us spend countless hours staring at a screen, hoping to be moved, inspired, or engaged deep into a story. My passion for movies has led me to create a blog where I write reviews as a hobby. The majority of us have come here seeking the same thing, whether to read fun articles or write for a living. You know a little bit why I am here and which movies I love, but what about you? What is your story, and what do you love about films?
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Hey, I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Love your Blog!! http://simonsayswatchthis.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Congrats man, I got the idea for my blog after finding your review site on FB, and followed your links to WordPress. Thanks for the hard work you do!
I am going to keep my previous reply to remind me how much of an idiot I can be sometimes haha. I misread your post while I was at work, and thought YOU were nominated for an award, not that you had nominated ME.
Thank you so much for nominating me! 🙂
Like I said previously, I got this blog idea after reading your site. I appreciate your work and starting this site has introduced me to a whole new world of movie review sites.
Haha, I am just now seeing that… Well, I feel flattered that I have inspired you to put up this amazing site. I love your site, and I also love to see how opinions about certain movies vary. You make good points and have convinced me to stay away from a few movies or go see them. 😀 Keep up the good work. I have been lacking for the past two weeks because my sister came to visit from Germany… I should be back soon! 😀 Have a wonderful weekend.
Nice blog you have here, thanks for following my blog. 🙂
You know what? I like Meet Joe Black too. Amazing how quickly the director’s career nosedived mind.
I had to look up Martin Brest only to noticed he worked on Gigli (which I have never seen) and nothing since. That’s amazing!
Hey Ryan, just wanted to pop by and say I enjoy your reviews and I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. http://drewreviewmovies.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/a-gift-from-the-geek-the-liebster-award/
Thank you so much Drew! I got nominated a few weeks ago but all the new movie blogs I follow are way cooler then me. I’m still looking for my 10 people ha ha.
Cool blog dude. Your grandma sounds awesome!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! My grandmother was a great person, not a day goes by that I don’t think about her :).
Thanks for following “What I Watched Last Night…” Always good to be in touch with another film lover.
Thank you for leaving a comment and following me back. It’s always a great day to connect with other movie lovers so we can talk about past, present, and future films!
Great blog here! As far as TV, Agents of SHIELD is definitely worth checking out, and if you’re willing to give it a try, I have always been in love with Star Trek: Voyager. Both shows start off a bit slow, but boy, do they get going! Looking forward to reading the rest of your site. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Hopefully you find a few things you like here. 🙂 I tried seven episodes of Agents of SHIELD before I stopped watching. I waited for my heroes, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor to show up but they never did. I know they are not part of the show which explains why I could never get into it. Also I haven’t seen anything beyond The Original Series, I love Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock too much to give anyone else a try to be my favourite.