Friday, January 20, 2012

This movie made me want to write again...

Something made me think of this film after a long time...

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It's probably one of my favorite movies of all time. A very talented teen boy living in a poor neighborhood gets a scholarship to a private school for basketball, but his hidden talent for writing is what makes waves at the preppy school when he discovers an eccentric yet acclaimed novelist living in his hometown. The older man, played by Sean Connery, teaches him about writing in such a grumpy, effective way. It's awesome to behold. The kid, played by Rob Brown, helps the old writer come to terms with his past and the thing that's kept him from writing a second book after his first one made it big. There's so much packed into this film in terms of societal commentary, morals, cheating, plagiarism, relationships, and writing. I loved it all the way through, and I especially loved the hope I felt at the end. 

Some films and books just make you feel like CREATING! Whether you're an artist or a musician, a dancer, or a street performer, or even a writer. Some stories inspire you to create your own. For me, Finding Forrester was that story. It has nothing to do with me or my life, but it was just THAT inspiring.

What books, films, music, poetry, or whatever, have you consumed that made you want to express yourself? What inspires you?


  1. This movie was great. I haven't seen it in a long time. I've read some unpublished books lately that have really inspired me to write.

  2. I haven't seen this in forever! I'm going to have to watch it again. I bought LDStorymakers tickets last night! Yay! Are you going this year?

  3. Great choice of movies. I loved that one. The movie that affected me that way though is Stranger Than Fiction. It was a mostly serious role for Wil Farrel (not sure about the spelling for his name), and I loved every bit of it.

  4. Ooh, great movie, Eric! We own that one, too. It's a lot more lighthearted throughout than the one above, but deep, too. And you gotta love Will Farrell and Emma Thompson in it. She plays such an eccentric writer. Very good film. Thanks for sharing!!

    Angie, Yay for you!! Wish I could go to LDStorymakers and have as much fun with you as we did last year! I'll be way too pregnant, though. Maybe the following year I can go, so I hope you keep attending.

  5. Jenny, unpublished books are another great source of inspiration. Don't you just wish you could pimp those books to the whole world, but you can't because they aren't out yet! Thanks for your comment. :)

  6. I've never seen that one! I'll have to put it on the list. I tend to get my inspirations from old favourites too. And even though I'm not currently writing sci-fi, those sci-fi favourites turn on the burners for my creativity :)

  7. I really need to see that movie~ it's been on my to-see list for years, and I'm going to make it happen now! For me, Dead Poets Society was huge. Not so much the side story where the boy killed himself, but the teaching and the power of friendship and bonding through poetry. I used to watch that movie and dream of being a teacher at a boarding school. Robin Williams was so wonderful in that role (and in Good Will Hunting).

  8. Okay, so cliche for someone in my age group, but Harry Potter forever changed my life. Reading the books and watching the movies got me into acting, and my friends and I used to 'play' Harry Potter, pretending to be the characters but making up our own stories. I started to write those down and wrote a TON of fanfiction (some good, some bad) until I was finally confident enough to create my own world. It was such an amazing jumping off point for me, and J.K. Rowling has inspired me so much.

    And I haven't seen this movie either! Sounds like a good one :)


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