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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Writing Prompt: Memorable Movies

by Marilyn Friedman    

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This Week:
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to go to the movies (and watch lots of movies on DVD).  In honor of this ritual, I'd like you to make a list of five memorable movies (memorable because something bad happened when you went to see the movie, or it was the setting for a first date, or you always watch this movie with your family on Thanksgiving, etc.).  Pick one movie.  Now write down a sensory detail (smell, taste, sound, touch) to go along with movie.  Set the timer for 10 min. and write, and make sure that you include the sensory detail in your piece.  When you are done, post your write in the comments of this blog!

For example, when I went to see "The Piano Teacher" with Isabelle Huppert, I was so disturbed by the behavior of the main character that I got nauseous and fainted in the movie theater lobby twice.  I think that I will write about that!

Comment on this blog!  Write what comes to mind when I say, "memorable movie."  If you post your story in the comments of this blog, you could win a free class!

1 comment:

Simone said...

Into the Wild. My stomach was full from the vegan Thanksgiving extravaganza that occurred in my dining room just one hour earlier. I counted on a rapid digestion since the food wasn't doused in butter or cream. When I sat down, I had to unbutton my jeans to make a little more breathing room. The theater was empty except for me and my boyfriend, and an older couple a few rows back. I imbibed the peaceful flow of energy and silence. No loud popcorn crunchers anywhere in sight. The film started up and I eased back into my chair, letting the endless blue skies and rapidly running waters sooth my soul. I watched Emile Hirsch play the 22-year old college graduate with admiration for his bravery. A quest for freedom from all things that weigh us down. I wanted what he was searching so hard to find. I tasted the fresh air, whipping through the mountain peaks. I longed to be nowhere and everywhere. By the end of the film as he was starving to death, I couldn't help but feel slightly guilty. I still had not fully digested my Thanksgiving dinner.