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5 movies that made a profound impact on my life

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Aug 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

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5 movies that made a profound impact on my life

The definition of profound probably has been stretched a little for this window into my psyche. What do you expect from a very slow thinking German? Hope you enjoy and see you around. This post has been inspired by the Edison and wordsmith decks from best self to widen my writing and stretch a little out of my comfort zone. You should give them a try. They bring back good childhood memories.

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I first saw E.T. At home on the television. I must have been three or four as the movie got into the cinemas in 1982 and I was born in 1985. While you might think that the movie is very tame by today’s standards I was scared shitless when I saw it for the first time. I crawled under the table to hide and cried when ET died (spoiler alert he doesn’t really). For me, that was the first emotional roller-coaster ride with a movie. It put me off jump scares for life as I hate horror movies. 

Les miserable 

Les miserable is probably the movie adaptation of a musical which I and my wife have watched the most. The journey of Jean Valjean is very inspiring and I can identify with it. His death scene always gets me into bits as I think he finally is made whole in death when Cosette finally focuses on him rather than on herself and Fantine opens the door to paradise for him. As a stepdad this one just gets me. 

The Marvel universe 

While the Marvel movies do not have such a profound emotional impact I have to admit that they were quite a time suck. I enjoyed them all and in total, they add up to 28 hours of screen time. To put this into perspective watching all of the Game of Thrones will take you about 65 hours. Friends would take you 85 hours and breaking bad comes in at 62 hours. Coming to think of it I think Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad had a bigger impact on my life. There was more to learn and also more time spent on them. Funny how reflecting on these things brings out some interesting insights. 

Forrest Gump 

I love Forrest Gump. My wife wouldn’t agree. I have never seen Forrest Gump in English as everything is dubbed over in Germany. It is a completely different movie without that thick southern accent and I can see how an English native could get annoyed about it. What I liked most about Forrest Gump was that I completely honest guy who does not want to hurt anyone can actually have a great life. I don’t do well with lies and it was reassuring that you can still fulfill your potential without being a dick. 

Robin Hood (the Disney version) 

When I was a child I loved the Robin Hood Version from Disney which was published in 1973. I watched it over and over and over. My mother must have hated it in the end. Still a lot better than the version with Russel Crowe.

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