Film Timeline: Personal Significance

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    Movies in my life

    I like movies.
  • 101 Dalmatians

    101 Dalmatians
    101 Dalmations was the first movie I ever watched, and, as a little kid, I was absolutely in love with it. I watched it over and over, and over and over, and to this very day my parents still complain about it.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Indiana Jones. The great action hero of my childhood. I was absolutely in love with his movies, and even have had my picture taken with him as a little kid. At MGM studios I saw an Indiana Jones show, and afterwards got to meet him and get a picture with him. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first Indiana Jones movie I ever saw, and it really made an impact on me. To this very day I can't watch the ark opening scene, due to childhood horror. Melting faces were absolutely terrifying.
  • The Star Wars Trilogy

    The Star Wars Trilogy
    When I first saw Star Wars, I was a little kid, but it made a lasting impression on my entire life. It was the first such epic saga I had ever seen, and I absolutely loved it. It was my introduction to science fiction as well, a subject I remain passionate about to this day. My family had the Digitally Remastered VHS Box Set, and over the course of a few days, watched the entire trilogy together.
  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service
    When I was younger, and I first saw this movie, it would begin, though I wouldn't realize it for years, a lifelong passion for the works of Hayao Miyazaki, arguably one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers of all time. I originally saw it on television, alone in my room, but as it reran on television, I would rope my parents into watching it with me, as it was an incredible story that really made an impression on me, and I wanted them to see it too, so they could understand.
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (Continued)

    Kiki's Delivery Service (Continued)
    I didn't know for years after I saw it, that it was a Hayao Miyazaki film, but much later, during a month-long marathon of Miyazaki's works - which I had been following almost religiously - I saw it mentioned, and I realized: this is the movie that started it all.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    This movie, one of Hayao Miyazaki's great masterpieces, really touched a chord in me. It was an epic tale of adventure and intrigue, with a dash of environmentalism, and poison-trees to taste, not to mention the epic landscapes, and a setting that really spoke to me. Something about this touching story really resonated in my mind.
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away
    Spirited Away was a very profound movie for me. Deeply rooted in Japanese folklore, it was an incredibly moving story, created by the Great Hayao Miyazaki. Once again, I found myself asking my parents to watch it with me, to share with them the glorious tale.
  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai
    The Seven Samurai was a film masterpiece, by the greatest Japanese filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa. I first watched it at home, with my father, over the course of three days. My father was surprised to discover that the classic Western, The Magnificent Seven, was directly based upon this movie. Part of this film's appeal to me is based upon my love of Last Stands and Martyrdom, (con't)
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    Seven Samurai (Continued)
    as the main plot of the movie revolves around the efforts of the titular 7 samurai to defend a peasant farming village from a vicious and ruthless bandit army.
  • Kagemusha

    Kagemusha
    Another of Akira Kurosawa's great masterpieces, Kagemusha was an amazing and emotional story. Set in the Sengoku Era of Feudal Japan, it depicts a stylized version of one of the many stories of Takeda Shingen's death. In the movie, he is killed by a sniper, but, in an effort to conceal his death, a double is found to replace him for three years, to prevent the time of strife that would follow the death of such a powerful warlord in the delicate political situation that was the Sengoku Jidai.