Movies are an Addiction
There is always that one movie that touches us. Every time that we watch it, it still hits us like crashing a car into an immovable wall. There is no way to get around it and it becomes an addiction after a bit. You'll watch the movie for the first time, then six months later you'll watch it again and be remembered of how it touches you. Then again, for the third time three months later, until it slowly becomes a monthly watching to get the high that the movie gives you. We all have a movie that affects us in this way that we are addicted to.
For me, it isn't just one movie. If I'm looking for writing inspiration, I'll watch "Stuck In Love" because of the way it starts off with starting a story from each family member starring themselves as the main character. Each story consists of everyday problems and has underlying themes and meanings that make the viewers reconsider all the actions that they have done in their lives. The son's story consists of his love for a mistreated popular girl that has a drug addiction. The daughter's story is about her finding a meaning to continue on in this life on her own rather than living in someone else's shadow and taking chances in others. The dad's story is about his continued waiting that eventually he will become the main character after he was replaced for a bulkier, dumber version of himself. Some quotes from this movie that get me are actually the opening sentences of each story:
- "I remember that it hurt. Looking at her hurt."
- "I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart beating. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark."
- "There are two kinds of people in this world: hopeless romantics and realists. A realist just sees that face and packs it in with every other pretty girl they've ever seen before. The hopeless romantic becomes convinced that God put them on Earth to be with that one person. But there is no God and life is only as meaningful as you fool yourself into thinking it is. Guys who get laid a lot are realists."
I've used some lines from this movie in my writings before. I have used the second quote above a couple of times because it affects me in a way that I cannot put into words.
If you haven't seen this movie, I'd highly recommend it because it has a great story between the multiple characters, intriguing dialog that makes you wonder and think about the deeper meaning of each word said, and the impressive cast of actors. The movie stars Greg Kinnear and his nipples (they show way up way too much), Jennifer Connelly as a terrible wife, Lily Collins as a realist, and Nat Wolff as a romantic.
'Stuck in Love' also has the actor Logan Lerman as the guy who is in love with Jennifer's character. Logan was also in one of the other movies that I'm addicted to, "Perks of Being a Wallflower". This movie follows Logan Lerman's character, Charlie, as he goes through his Freshman year of high school. He makes new friends with the outcasts of the senior class in which he learns the inner workings of human compatibility among the vast characters that are shown throughout the movie. "Perks of Being a Wallflower" strikes me everytime I watch it because it reminds me of who I was back when I was moving from school to school, being the new kid. I was always having to make new friends by experiencing new things and going out of my comfort boundaries. I learned how everyone interacted with each other and was able to take my experiences that I learned and apply them to my interactions with others today. The movie not only reminds me of then, but of now. While watching the movie, you'll get flashbacks of Charlie's childhood in which he witnesses his Aunt get into a car accident because of him. This has affected him since and has grown into a mental problem in which he has to get special help when it gets uncontrollable. In the movie, the viewer learns that Charlie's only friend committed suicide over summer without leaving a goodbye note. Charlie continues to write to his friend even though that he is dead, and this is how the story takes place as Charlies narrates the movie as it goes. I've had calls to my family since starting high school because all my writings showed or alluded to mental disorders that I could have that shouldn't go unnoticed. Later, some of my teachers learned that I have had suicidal thoughts and possible attempts making the concern for my physical and mental health a bigger deal than it was originally perceived to be.
I used to watch Stuck in Love at least once a week because I wanted to gain writing inspiration, but also to be in a state of emotional distress. Also every year, probably three times a year I watch Perks of Being a Wallflower because I want to be reminded of who I used to be, remember ex-girlfriends and be in emotional distress for a day or two. It is an addiction for me to be in emotional distress because this is where my creative side comes out. I believe that my writings are more interesting to read, my days look brighter, and the overall outcome of going through the emotional distress is beneficial to my health. It is an addiction, but it is a strange addiction.
These are only two movies of a bunch of movies that affect me. What movies affect you?