What are the movies that inspired you to fall in love with the world of film? I still remember the first time my Uncle Wayne brought over The Lion King (1994). It’s the earliest movie I remember watching on my old black and white TV when I was 4. Since that day there have been many films I’ve watched and fallen in love with. They still make me laugh, cry, and my heart swell every time I watch them.
These are the films that made me fall in love with film. You might be surprised by the films I’ve written, or maybe they’re the exact same movies you watched growing up that made you love movies too.
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is, I have to reply Anne of Green Gables. It’s a heartfelt comedy about a young, red-haired orphan named Anne Shirley who is finding her way in the world and searching for a place to call home.
When Anne breaks her slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head, goes into the woods, and faints when her imagination gets the best of her, makes me laugh hysterically. I wanted to be Anne when I was a kid, because she had an imagination that made me wish I saw the world differently. It’s a beautiful film, and I hope to watch and make films of the same caliber.
Little Women (1994)
Growing up, Little Women was one of the VHS’s that my Aunt Donna had in her collection that I’d watch all the time growing up. It’s a movie about four sisters coming of age and going through life together as a family. Little Women reminded me of my family because I’m one of four sisters. As kids, we would play dress up to be like the March sisters and had a secret club devoted to it.
In the filmmaking, what inspired me in particular was the soundtrack. The way the music built in the scenes after Beth passed away and when they placed the rose petals around her room still brings me to tears today. I was amazed at how music could affect me so deeply. It made me want to tell stories that impacted people personally because it reminds them a little of themselves.
The Secret Garden (1993)
I watch The Secret Garden today, and I wonder why I even liked this film. The acting is so terrible at times and the plot leaves me wondering what in the world is happening. The Secret Garden is a movie about a young girl who, after losing her parents, is forced to go live with her Uncle. Mary struggles to live there at first, but she finds solace in the secret garden. The scene that always stands out to me when I was young was when Mary has planted her garden and all the plants started to grow. I was fascinated by this scene as a child, because I had no idea how the camera was able to capture all the flowers growing and opening up in what looked like one shot. This curiosity made me want to find out how they did this. The garden looked like such a beautiful place and I wanted to go outside to find my own secret garden. This movie is also just awesome today because Maggie Smith is in it. You can just watch it for her if you haven’t seen it.
The Musketeer (2001)
Going to be honest, I really don’t like this film. There’s terrible acting and no storyline.
The stunt work, however, was inspiring when I was a child. Every sword fight in this movie is better choreographed than most action scenes in today’s films. Check out this fight scene in the youtube video I’ve attached because it’s awesome and went unnoticed in its time. The Musketeer might not have been a great film, but it’s one of the reasons I wanted to get into film.
The Princess Bride (1987)
What would this list be without The Princess Bride?
This was the film that made me believe in true love and stand in awe of the world of fantasy. As a kid, I found the characters hilarious and the fire swamp terrifying. When the rodents of unusual size were frightening, but made me wonder how they were made. They didn’t look human… so how did they work? It made me curious in the filmmaking process. Also, it’s one of the most quotable films in history.
Everything was so well put together in The Princess Bride, from the costumes to the sets. I wanted to go and live in the world of film.
As I’ve grown up, so many movies have inspired me to want to be in film, but these are the movies that laid the groundwork. Everyone has their own list of films that made them dream about film and no one’s list is the same. If you had to make a list of the movies that inspired you to love film, what would they be?