My Favorite Things
By Emerian Rich
“I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so sad.” ~Sound of Music
When I was a kid, that song from the Sound of Music was so cool to me. It seemed scary, but bright. The way the thunder roared outside and she spoke about how she would just think of her favorite things to make all the badness go away seemed to speak to me. Especially when nights were rough and I was hiding in my room after a particularly traumatic fight with my step-dad.
MY FAVORITE THINGS… it’s such a strong personal statement. It’s something that no one can take away from you no matter where you live, where you work, what crappy town you’re stuck in, or hurtful relationship you’re involved in. No one can get inside your brain and pull them out. No one can say they aren’t your favorite things because even if you are in solitary confinement (or had a childhood that was similar to that) and have not a stitch to call your own, your favorite things live inside your mind like old friends. You can think about them and smile about them and repeat their words, phrases, or melodies in your head.
So let’s talk about some of My Favorite Things, and you can post some of your favorite things. I bet we have some similarities. Maybe you can show me some things I’ve not seen and maybe I can open your world up to some new things too.
We’ve talked a lot about movies this season, but I thought I’d bring up five more of my favorite horror movies that didn’t make it onto my Halloween viewing list.
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast. – IMDB.com
Not only are their beautiful babes (and guys) in this movie, but there are some awesome shots. I love the feel of the movie and the fighting scene in the rain has got to be my all time favorite fighting scene in any movie – EVER.
Jane Hardy decides to stay the summer in the house her aunt left her when she died, to try and recoup from a bad divorce. Little does she know, her aunt practiced witchcraft and is still thought of very badly by the town’s citizens. As soon as she moves in, she is haunted by a old black hearse and it’s creepy driver. Is she going insane or is she truly being menaced? She meets a friendly young man and becomes involved with him, but is he and the creepy driver one and the same? – IMDB.com
This is an old, corny haunted house movie that I absolutely love. I saw it first when I was about eight years old. I was lying on our couch next to a huge glass window while it stormed outside. The story was really getting interesting… She’s falling for a man and reading her aunt’s journal about falling for a man… is he the same man? And who’s the mustache guy following her around in the hearse? Suddenly… the window above me shattered, showering down on me. I wasn’t hurt, but I will remember the terror in my little adolescent heart for the rest of my life. Is this the reason I love this movie so much? Perhaps… but I love it! There is another movie very similar to this one in time period and corniness, so if you like this one, check out The Watcher in the Woods.
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans. – IMDB.com
When I first saw this film, I thought it was the coolest thing I had seen in years. The feeling and mood set by this “fake” city in an attempt to make humans feel “normal” was just awesome. Sure, we had a few laughs about Keifer and my husband still jokes that Rufus Sewell looks like the lead singer of my favorite band, A-ha, but overall the film was just awesome. I think this film was the precursor to the Matrix movies, which I also dig. I love movies where the human population is tricked into thinking they are living a real life. I think my obsession with movies like this stems from my childhood when we moved alot and met people and saw things that looked really familiar… just different. My mother always used to say, “There are only a thousand people in the world and they just change to make us think we’re in a different town.” Maybe in this case, mom was right! She didn’t mention the bald men in black coats trying to eat our souls though. Hum…
Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigette and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders’ Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves. – IMDB.com
So, I watched this Ginger Snaps movie first and I’m glad I did. This is by far the best and more interesting. The girls, who are beautiful and look like porcelain dolls, wander into a camp full of whacked out men who have been alone way too long. My favorite parts of this movie are when they are in the snowy woods. The feeling the director got here is so real, you feel like you are there with them. The Indian dude coming to the rescue is nice, but the sisters and how they relate to one another is the real thrill to watch. I think this movie is just beautiful from start to finish.
A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it’s his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe in the possibility of Evil incarnate. Other signs come to him as he and Maya them take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery, and an ultimate showdown – IMDB.com
No one else I know likes this movie… no one! It even has a 4.6 on IMDB! I mean, Look Who’s Talking Now is even rated higher than it. And I just don’t get it. For those of us who enjoy religious conspiracy films, this one is one of the best. Perfect boy, raised in the church by his uncle who is a priest suddenly realizes they are servants of Satan and have been raising him as a vessel. It’s all supposed to commence at this certain time on this certain date… I love the look in his eyes when the clock changes. And Winona Ryder is actually dramatic in this role. For me, it’s only surpassed by Prophecy in my list of religious conspiracy films.
Now tell me about your uncommon favorites, be they corny, old, or just unknown, I want to know.