Movies like music are a form of art. I love watching a good movie, though I have to admit that I seldom watch movies on TV. Generally I don’t watch much TV or series, though there are some pretty good ones out there. Anyhow, let’s talk about a few movies and my favourite scenes in them. And my favourite song in each of them, of course. It’s always about the music. The list isn’t complete and in no special order (though Nr. 1 = Nr. 1). I just chose 3 movies for today. Maybe I’ll go back to this topic later and add some more, if you like? Let me know!
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Italy)
It’s my favourite movie. Simple as that. It’s the movie my dad used to watch the most while I was growing up. And I joined him watching from a very young age. Clint Eastwood became my „hero“. I remember trying to draw him over and over. Of course, it didn’t work out toooo well, but I was happy doing it. And horses. Terrible horses with short legs and big heads and scary spiky teeth. From hell. My mum thought I was drawing a T-rex.
The epic music by Ennio Morricone was my first musical love. I couldn’t get enough of the title theme or „The Ecstasy of Gold“. They are still one of my favourite songs from a movie and create instant Goosebumps.
What I love about this movie is… well, everything? Guess so. Sergio Leone was a directional genus. I can’t put it other than that. Genius. The way he filmed, the colours, the scenes, the perspective, the cut, the script, his choic of actors and filming locations (did you know they bild that big cemetary just for the movie – no CGI back then), decoration, costumes… everything.
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee van Cleef. Great actors, perfect, iconic for their roles. No pretty boys. Real people with flaws and character. A lot of character.
Favourite quote: „See, there are two kinds of people in this world, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.“ (Blondie)
My favourite scene: Three-way-standoff. E P I C :
My favourite song from the soundtrack: Ecstasy of Gold (Song starts at 01:00, but the scene is great, so I chose this vid):
2. The Crow (1994, USA)
I think I saw this movie for the first time when I was fourteen or fifteen years old. I wasn’t fully in Death Metal mode then. To be honest, I was into Nirvana until I was twelve or thirteen and I still listen to their stuff from time to time. Anyhow, I saw „The Crow“ and it was more than just a movie for me. I rewatched it over and over throughout my teen-years and in my early twens. Even now I do it from time to time.
Since the first time I saw it I was hooked. The dark story, the dark setting, the mystery around Brandon Lee’s death. It was like entering a complete new, dark and fascinating world. The soundtrack is killer, it fits the movie so well. When you hear the song, you immediately think of the scene it is played in.
And boy… the evil. I loved Bai Ling in it. She doesn’t seem to do much filming anymore, but she was really striking. She doesn’t age and is a crazy chick, but I like her style, though I’d never dare to wear. Brandon Lee is exceptionally good – he brought „The Crow“ to life like no one else could. Maybe the late Heath Ledger, but he was too young at this time. Also, I never saw Crow 2. I didn’t want to spoil the movie for me.
I had the poster of Eric sitting on his wooden throne sticking right underneath one of the windows of my room. From time to time I used to sneak out of this window and disappear into the darkness to go for a nightly walk. Alone. Eric Draven was my accomplice. I smiled at his picture while climbing out. Next day in school I looked like hit by a bus. But I always needed time alone to clear my head, so it was totally worth it 🙂
To be honest this movie is what comes closest for me to a love-movie I can enjoy. I could feel his love for his girl and the pain while witnessing what happens to her before she and he are dying. It is satisfying seeing him returning and paying them back the way he does. Also the raven flying, showing him the way. It reminds me of Odin and his ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). Like Odin’s ravens Eric’s raven brings news from the world of the living to him and shows him where the bad boys are.
Favourite quote: A building gets torched, all that is left is ashes. I used to think that was true about everything, families, friends, feelings. But now I know, that sometimes if love proves real, two people who are meant to be together, nothing can keep them apart. (Sarah)
My favourite scene: The Transformation (because you see the crow becoming his leader and why he does what he does. Very powerful. Thunder and lightning and his face in the flickering light – and boy is he pissed)
Favourite song from the movie: The Cure – Burn (I listen to this very often, it somehow gets me into the mood of getting things done or creating):
3. The Lord of the Rings (1999 – 2003, New Zealand)
Well, I think the „The Lord of the Rings“-trilogy is known by litereally everyone, so I don’t need to explain what the movies are about.
I just wanted to tell a little bit about my personal LOTR-journey. My dad is the biggest Tolkien geek I personally know. Yeah, he may not be very scnientific about it as many Tolkienists are, so he’s probably more what they’d call a „Ringer“, but nonetheless he’s the greatest fan of Tolkien’s work I know. He has so much love and passion for Arda and everything that lives (or unlive) in it. Talking about Tolkien is bringing back his inner child and I just love to see that happen. Tolkien is what connects me with him the most. I have to admit I had a real difficult relationship with my dad when I was younger. Not because I was a child or teen acting out, no, but because we were and are too similar. The difference is: Now I know to handle this without feeling personally attacked. I’ve become wiser so to speak. I learned. And still do.
My dad used to tell us stories from the Hobbit when we were little, later on from „The Lord of the Rings“ as well. I always was fascinated by this world and by fantasy worlds in general. From a very, very young age. I remember looking at pictures created by Boris Vallejo, Escher, Giger and many more – in books my dad had stored in his „library“, basically a room stuffed with books. There also were books of Alan Lee and John Howe, the two artists that Sir Peter Jackson hired for his LOTR and Hobbit movies. I loved and love their work since they gave Arda a „face“ or better: many faces.
So did Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Welsh and Philippa Boyens and their crew and cast. I remember the first time when I heard about LOTR being made into a movie. I was absolutely thrilled but couldn’t get much information about it. But I heard that they’d film it in New Zealand. Which is, from where I live, exactly at the other side of the world. I couldn’t travel further away from home. And since then this was the place I wanted to visit (and did last year). Once I was there I felt like never returning home since I felt like the timezone there equals my bio rhythm. I got up very early in the morning and got to bed normally. I never felt tired though we had to travel long in the rented car and we also had an action-packed programm. After returning home I was constantly tired for three weeks straight and it still doesn’t feel as great as back in NZ.
Anyhow, back to the movies. I remember seeing the first part for the first time with my dad. I held my breath as Cate Blanchett was reciting the ring poem. Her voice is perfect for that. She is Galadriel, she really is. I was so thrilled that I almost couldn’t breathe. From the first moment I knew that these movies would change my life. I looked at my dad and I knew he felt the same. After the movie he couldn’t stop talking about amazingly done it was. Of course, the both of us went to see the movie again the next day. This time we sat beside a young German who was a craftsman and he was a guy „auf der Walz“. That’s a beautiful old medieval tradition in Europe, especially in Germany. So, „auf der Walz“ means that a craftsman who has accomplished his apprenticeship and now „had“ to wander around and work for different masters of his craft for a year (and learn from them) in order to own his right to become a master-craftsman himself. The young man was, of course, clad in his traditional clothing and had also a staff. You can learn more about this tradition here!
So, I don’t think I should to delve to deep into the movies, since I’ll never stop writing then, hehe.
Here are my favourite quotes, scenes and soundtrack-pieces:
The Fellowship of the Ring:
Gandalf: „You. Shall. Not. Pass!“ (Because I use it on different occasions, especially to drive family members insane)
Scene: Boromir’s death (aka why Sean Bean got cast. Seriously, I love the way Boromir redeems himself. You care more about him being in half of one movie than most of the characters in the Hobbit-movies.)
Soundtrack piece: The Bridge of Khazad Dum (Epic. I can see the scene before my inner eyes):
The Two Towers:
Frodo: „I can’t do this, Sam.“
Sam: „I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. “
Frodo: „What are we holding onto, Sam?“
Sam: „That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.“
Scene: Battle of Helm’s Deep – One king to another (friggin epic and Théoden’s is the only „Onelasttime“ I will ever accept. Did I mention that I dig battle-scenes? I dig battle scenes.)
Soundtrack piece: The King of the Golden Hall (Hail Théoden, king!)
The Return of the King:
Witch king of Angmar: “ You fool. No man can kill me. Die now.“
Eowyn: „I am no man!“
Favourite scene: Théoden’s Speech (that’s seriously the best scene in the movies, Goosebumps and tears every time – now THIS is a king).
Favourite part of the soundtrack: The White Tree (though the ST works so well as one masterpiece of music. But I have tears of epicness in my eyes everytime I see the fires on the mountains alit)