Movies! Do you love ’em or are you meh about ’em? Do you get “lost in books?” Can you get the same kind of Calgon-take-me-away lost in movies?
Jean Hegland is a gifted writer. Her novel, Into The Forest, has been made into a movie and is now at theatres and will soon be available on DVD. I wouldn’t normally go to see this type of movie, but the opportunity came up to view Into The Forest, the movie, with Jean answering questions after the viewing. Thank you to independent bookstore Copperfield’s Books for sponsoring the viewing. And thank you to Jean for writing an amazing and memorable story. Thanks, also, to Ellen Page, who saw the possibility of the type of movie this could be. See it, if you can, even if, like me, you have to close your eyes during some scenes. The cinematography, the acting, the dialogue, the story line = all amazing and unforgettable.
At the time of this posting, there are no authorized quotes from Into the Forest. Hmmm. . . guess you have to read the book and/or see the movie.
Today’s writing prompts are lines from movies. Choose one and just write.
~ “Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever.” How Green Was My Valley
~“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”Princess Bride
~ Write about a time you had a close call. In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, there’s a scene where Butch and Sundance chase up a mountain to avoid the relentless posse, only to find themselves at a dead end. The only way, says Butch, is to jump a hundred feet or so to the fast-moving stream below. But Sundance won’t hear of it.
Butch: “ It’s the only way. Otherwise we’re dead.”
They argue about it for a while until Sundance admits the real reason he doesn’t want to jump.
Sundance: “I can’t swim.”
Butch, “You stupid fool, the fall’ll probably kill you.”
~ Gene Wilder agreed to play Willy Wonka under one condition: that his character make a wildly grand entrance:
“When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Wonka, they whisper and then become deathly quiet.
As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause. ”
His reason for wanting to include the dramatic entrance: “Because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth. ”
If you have seen Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder: Do you think his entrance worked? Did it help or hinder his character’s believability? Did the entrance affect you?
A scene from Willy Wonka:
Computer Operator: “We’re about to witness the greatest miracle of the machine age. Based on the revolutionary Computonian Law of Probability, this machine will tell us the precise location of the 3 remaining golden tickets. ”
Computer Operator pushes button on the machine. Computer prints out a response: “I won’t tell. That would be cheating. ”
Computer operator pushes button on the machine again. “Iam now telling the computer that if it will tell me the correct answer, I will gladly share with it the grand prize. ”
The machine prints out another response. “What would a computer do with a lifetime supply of chocolate? ”
Operator sighs: “I am now telling the computer exactly what he can do with the lifetime supply of chocolate. ”