First of all, I apologize for missing last Friday. Frankly, I’ve been having a bit of a week, and I’ve just needed to take a few days to do absolutely nothing. However, because of this, I’m going to be publishing two posts today to make up for that.
For my first post here, I thought I’d make a bit of a list of some of the best things you can watch or marathon. Now, as a “starving artist” myself, I go out of my way to find media that inspires me to create, gives me ideas, and stays in my mind for a years after they’ve ended. So here are some of my top favorites:
Snow White and the Huntsman: Say what you want about this movie, but I adore it. I know it falls flat, you don’t have to tell me that. I just love the potential behind it though, and the characters of both the Huntsman and the Queen are spectacular. It’s a great film to get me thinking about my own fantasy worlds and ideas.
Quest for Camelot: Super cheesy 90s cartoon that definitely deserved more recognition. Garret, the main boy, became my standard for what all men should be. Literally. I’m sure he was the one to create my ‘type’ in the first place. But it’s an amazing fantasy about a brave farming girl who steps up to save a kingdom.
Lord of the Rings: Enough said.
Moulin Rouge: Even though I’ve only just recently watched this movie, and I haven’t actually finished it yet (oops), it tells the charming and actually quite funny love story of two people not really meant to be together. Tragic, yes, but the aesthetic is really cool.
Bates Motel: Actually very well done series. Lots of character depth and interesting plot points that are not only very raw and real, but exceptionally fun to sit back and analyse.
Hannibal: Like Bates Motel, just a million times more gory and twisted. Really not for the faint of heart. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But amazingly well done – from the acting to the script and the camera work – and I’d really have to say this show is more a work of art than anything else. Dives deep into the human condition.
Pan’s Labyrinth: Heck yes, foreign films. Profound, emotional, and just strange enough to keep you on your feet. I love things where the ending is left open, and this movie certainly delivers. I literally listen to the soundtrack on repeat whenever I’m writing.
White Collar: Less creepy and fantasy, White Collar follows the story of a skilled and charismatic con man, living out his sentence while serving under a sweet but uptight police officer. Their friendship is amazing. And did I mention the con man thing?
Tangled: Because I always wanted to find the kind of strength and freedom that Rapunzel ended up claiming for herself. And Flynn’s actually a delight.
Inception: Okay but who doesn’t want to create worlds at your feet and bend cities over your head? Like, be honest here.
Black Mirror: Some really weird and twisted episodes on here. Introduces really interesting questions about what it means to be human, and can offer incredible inspiration for some great ideas.
Barbie Life in the Dream House: Because sometimes you just need to get drunk and have a good laugh. The sense of humor in this show certainly isn’t for everyone, but I for one can’t get enough of it.
Wizard of Oz: Old classic, and actually my favorite movie as a child. Could not even begin to count the amount of times I’ve watched this. I always felt like I related to Dorothy, wanting to run away to somewhere more exciting, and I think I’m finally starting to figure out why she wanted to be home so badly in the end.
Peter Pan: And I’m talking the live action movie, staring that gorgeous boy who’s (unfortunately) far too young for me now. Still cute though. Despite how frustrated I’ve always be about him and Wendy not ending up together, there’s something about the themes of magic and belief that really speaks to me.
Hook: Okay, I’m really serious about this movie. I grew up in a house not only plagued by mental illness, but with troubles and drama too. The magic I was taught to believe in as a child just didn’t seem to exist anymore. My own parents – Dad especially – didn’t believe in it like he used to. I guess I always thought of Robin Williams as a representation of my own father – mental illness and everything – and it not only made me feel like there were other people in the world dealing with the tragic loss of magic and belief, but that it can be regained once again. That movie brought me hope for my own life, and my ever tense relationship with my own dad.
What are your thoughts? Got any movies or TV shows that inspire you? Let me know, I’d love to check them out.