More often than not, when you’re watching a movie, you think- “That would never happen. Movies are so fake…” And they are. But then other times they capture moments in real life that are so spot on, you feel like you’re reliving them in front of your eyes. They can make you feel angry, laugh, or even cry. It’s magical really. Today I would like to share my personal “movie moments”. Hopefully after reading them, it will remind you of your own experiences. Feel free to share, because I would love to hear it.
1. Jumanji– The premise of the movie is a supernatural board game that makes wild animals and other jungle hazards materialize upon each player’s move. That means the house turns into a jungle, tigers are running around the living room, and there’s a full on stampede of elephants running down the street. Cars are trampled on, and the police have no idea what to do. Now this is exactly like being a college kid during Halloween in Santa Barbara, California every year. There’s a street there called Del Playa or “DP” as the kids call it, near the campus. The street gets so packed, it’s hard to walk. It’s a nonstop mosh pit, of booze, barf, and venereal disease. But man is it fun! I got my first minor in possession there as a wee tot (for alcohol not heroin. Sorry not as interesting I know). There’s police just watching and waiting for kids to act up, and arrest them. But the kids definitely outnumber the cops, and chaos and destruction is rampant. Waking up the next morning and walking home post Halloween is similar to the aftermath of a stampede. Car hoods are smashed in, side view mirrors knocked off, and window are broken. Whoever is stupid enough to park their car there, deserves to be crushed.
2. Das Boot– is a German war film that portrays the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat. Boredom, filth, and sheer terror ensue. Now I’ve never been in a submarine. But I have gone through a car wash, in a wet suit, strapped to the hood of a car. It was definitely claustrophobic, and I was scared shitless wondering if one of those giant brushes would crush me. Plus I wasn’t sure if that giant air dryer would burn my flesh. Thankfully none of the above happened, and I’m alive today. Because man that would’ve been a stupid way to die. Also I have this on tape somewhere, and when I find it, I’ll post it.
3. Never Been Kissed– This was 85% of high school for me. I “kind of” figured it out by senior year. But that could be argued too. And no, I’m not explaining the premise of this movie. The title is the important part, go look it up if you’re interested.
4. The Fugitive– Unlike Harrison Ford’s character, who is running from the law for a murder he didn’t commit. I did commit the crime I was running from. No it wasn’t murder. It was launching water balloons at passing cars from our roof. Of course they stopped, knocked on our door, and yelled at my dad. But I was long gone by then. I was busy hiding out at friends houses, dodging phone calls, and sneaking back into the house once he was asleep. So pretty much exactly like running from U.S. Marshalls, and jumping off of waterfalls.
5. Gandhi– Watching this movie changed my life. To know that somebody else in this world liked wearing sandals as much as I did turned me inside out. And knowing this was based on a true story, and not some fairy tale fantasy, made it all the better. Thank you Ben Kingsley. You’ll never know what you did for me.