Guest Blogger – September
Hi everybody! I’m going to do something a little different today with my guest blog post. I’m going to talk about my favorite movie scenes and explain why they lodged in my brain, and stuck there for years and years. And years. Several of these are movies I saw in high school!!
I love action and adventure, crime, political/legal suspense movies above all others, which is interesting since I rarely read or write this type of book. Action movies push me to the edge of my seat, and when I’m watching a movie, this keeps is necessary to keep me actively invested. What’s even more interesting, though, is that the most memorable movies scenes are not contained in action/adventure or my other favorite types of movies, but are all found in romance and drama.
Here are some examples of movie scenes I love:
One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is in Brokeback Mountain: the first kiss in the tent scene. Maybe it has something to do with being an author, but the intensity of the scene draws forth words in my mind—descriptive words like conflicted and passionate and perilous and, even breathtaking—that accompany vivid emotion. Once you see this scene, you can never un-see it. It sticks with you, and you want to view it again and again. Maybe it’s a desire to feel a passion so dangerous and addictive that draws me to this scene.
Another scene that impresses me is found in Flashdance, where Alex Owens uses her raw talent to audition at the elitist ballet school, and despite her lack of formal training knocks the socks off the uptight dance judges. Part of the reason this scene is so memorable is because when Flashdance released, I was just out of high school, and I WISHED I WAS ALEX OWENS! I wanted her legs and her ankle-warmers and her out-of-control hair and her badass attitude, not to mention her “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” experience. I re-watched it in order to vividly describe why it thrills me. And once again, the scene took me back to being 18-years-old, with all of the hopes and dreams and insecurities that a young woman has at that time of her life. It is a very relatable scene.
Back to romance… the first kiss scene in Twilight, well, it totally did it for me. Edward wants nothing more than to devour Bella (in the way a ravenous man would scarf down a double-cheeseburger), but he somehow manages to just give her a kiss that thrilled girls (and women) and certainly lots plenty of our male counterparts the world over. Despite Bella’s apparent breathing difficulties, characterized by constant sniffing and gasping and the blowing out of noisy breathes, Edward delivers a memorable kiss, complete with the instructions that she not move or he could possibly take a literal nibble, and I imagined it was me, although I was a 45-year-old housewife.
The next movie is also a romance; in fact, it’s a Cinderella story. Several scenes stay with me from the movie Pretty Woman. My favorite scenes aren’t of lip locking, but are rather the classic and rather humorous Julia Roberts’ acting scenes. Certain lines stick in my mind from these scenes, like from the too-fancy dinner where her character, the prostitute, Vivian Ward, sends the escargot flying across the room and she declares them to be “slippery little suckers.” She’s just so adorable. I also appreciate the scene in which Vivian re-visits the upscale stores that refused to serve her when she appeared to be of a lower social class. Again, several lines popped into my brain and stayed there. After confirming that the salesperson who denied her the day before worked on a commission basis, Vivian announced, “Big mistake! Big! Huge!” And like me, most viewers love it because she showed the uptight people that you shouldn’t judge a person merely by how she looks. Hearts of gold can be disguised in “trashy” outfits—although I think Vivian looked fantastic in the denim mini skirt and white blouse tied at the waist that she wore into the exclusive shops. And maybe, once again, these scenes impress me because I secretly possess a dream of being Cinderella, whisked a way into a better life by a handsome Prince Charming.
And if you want to experience chills… here are my favorite scenes from West Side Story. Both are scenes of famous songs.
First, who can ever forget “Tonight”?
And then there is “Somewhere”…
By the way, did you know that only 2/3 of the population can experience chills when listening to music? (I read that somewhere… and I think it means we are highly evolved.)
Do you have any movie-scene faves you’d like to share? I’d LOVE to find out what moves you!
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Interlude Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won two Kirkus Recommended Book Reviews, a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.