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A few weeks ago I mentioned the movie “Koyaanisqatsi” in my column. This raised a few eyebrows as people have not heard of it. First of all, the word Koyaanisqatsi is of Hopi Indian origin and means life out of balance. If you’ll watch the film, you’ll understand why the name is appropriate.
This gives me a chance to let you in on a few more movies that may be worth the watch. The following movies are some of my favorites — in no particular order — and can be found at most any video rental store.
- “The Princess Bride” — Okay, it’s not an Oscar winner, but it is a funny movie and good entertainment for the entire family. The basic story line has romance, action and adventure, pirates, monsters (in the fire swamp), a giant and a stupid prince named Humperdink. Just don’t watch it around me or you might get annoyed as I almost recite the entire script.
- “Mindwalk” — A friend turned me on to this movie about a month ago and it blew my mind. The story revolves around a poet, an ex-presidential candidate and a physicist. You learn about systems, Newtonian physics and how an atom isn’t everything they taught us in high school. This is definitely a must-see.
- “Southern Comfort” — This movie looks at the problems that confront a group of National Guardsmen when they become lost in the Cajun country of the Louisiana swamps. Not a good movie for those with a weak stomach.
- “In the Name of the Father” — This movie is based on a true story about Irish people who were wrongly indicted for a England bombing in the 1970s. It will make you wonder how just the criminal justice system really is.
- “Rebel Without a Cause” — One of only three James Dean movies, this catapulted him into cult status with his portrayal of a confused student in the 1950s. All of the major characters in this movie are now dead; none of them by natural causes.
- “Fantasia” — A Disney classic (I had to pick one). This movie cannot be fully appreciated in a sober state, not that I’m advocating inebriation by any means. Walt was on hallucinogens when he made this movie — go figure.
- “The Outlaw Josey Wales” — Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western (it was made in Italy) that examines the life of a civil war veteran and his troubles with those damn Yankees.
- “Gone With the Wind” — Another civil war movie, but you better have time to sit and follow the story line. Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh turn in the performances of their careers.
- “Star Wars” — If this movie doesn’t define my generation, I don’t know what else would. How many people can truthfully say they are clueless about Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, Princess Leah, Chewy, C3PO, R2D2 and Darth Vader? If you are, remedy the situation.
- “Dune” — Sting makes a nice addition to a great movie, but this isn’t for your average audience. I would strongly recommend reading the book first.
- “The Big Chill” — Honestly, I didn’t know what the fuss about this movie was until this past Christmas break. The movie draws a powerful picture of inter-relationships.
- “Richard Pryor – Wanted: Live in Concert” — This is more of a stand-up than a movie, but you’ll be guaranteed to roll in the floor for quite sometime.
- “Conan the Barbarian” — What can I not say about this movie? It begins with music reminiscent of Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and features Arnold’s classic answer to the meaning of life: “To defeat your enemies and see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the women and children,” or something like that.
You may not even like any of these movies, but one or two of them will make you think — even if it’s only trying to figure out why you rented the movie in the first place. Questions, comments and observations can be sent to email@example.com. Later daze.
This article first appeared in the UALR Forum in 1996.