Movies that have shaped my life

Like a book or a song, every so often a movie comes along in your life that shakes you up.

It leaves such a profound effect on your being that you suddenly have a new outlook on things, and the world seems to have a new light to it that you never noticed before. More often than not, they seem to come at the most poignant times in your life; certain movies I’ve seen have given me some amazing influence right when I needed it. Here are some movies that come to mind:

Meet me in St Louis. I can heartily thank my grandma for having me jump on the classic film bandwagon at a ripe young age. I was enamoured with the songs, Judy Garland, and the glorious technicolor and beautiful costumes (which had a glamorous 1940s appeal, even though it was set in the early 1900s). Needless to say it was the start of a beautiful beginning for classic movies. And thank goodness for TCM!

The Little Mermaid. Probably the first Disney movie I ever actually loved in my young carefree life. I don’t know how old I was when I first saw it, but allegedly it was one I would watch on repeat if I were allowed. Ariel was awesome (and wasn’t throwing away her life for just a human, dammit!), and inspired me to be fearless and go after what I wanted. Plus, I just wanted to be a mermaid and live under the sea.

The Dead Poets Society. Oh me, oh life. Flash forward to grade 11, my favourite year of high school: I was a semi-quiet kid with a mop of curly hair, but I was becoming more sure of myself, and more comfortable with who I was. I was introduced to this wonderful movie in English class by my teacher, Ms. D. This movie not only opened me up to the beauty of poetry, but also the significance of carpe diem (aka the biggest game changer of my life at that point.) This movie breaks me every time. That you are here—that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Gosh. I don’t know what it is about this movie, but it’s one I will always come back to. There’s no other movie out there like it, really: it’s about life, death, love, curiosity… And I just find it really exquisite and magical. It just tells you so much about life, and it doesn’t even have to be complicated. Not to mention, the cinematography is stunning.

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