Sizzling Inspiration

Instead of writing yesterday, I cleaned house. I couldn't take it anymore. The clutter. The dust. I couldn't concentrate on my story, so I looked for inspiration in other people's stories. Specifically by way of DVDs in my movie collection. Fave movies that I've seen before. Movies that I could 'listen' to as I cleaned, stopping only to watch my favorite parts.

I stopped and watched a lot during 'The Last of the Mohicans'. I've probably watched this film a hundred times. The battle scenes are too brutal for me. As with Braveheart, I look away or close my eyes. But the cinematography overall is stunning. The soundtrack beautiful. The relationships between father and sons, brothers, sisters, and ultimately those brothers and sisters (primary and secondary romance) keep me rivited time and again. Every scene between Cora and Hawkeye sizzles. Some favorite lines...

Cora Munro: What are you looking at, sir?
Hawkeye: I'm looking at you, miss.

Cora Munro: They're going to hang you. Why didn't you leave when you had the chance?
Hawkeye: Because what I'm interested in is right here.

Hawkeye: No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.

And what about the scene at the fort, where he takes her hand and leads her to a private spot? The kiss. The passion. Be still my heart. I'm happy to say that this morning I am truly inspired and motivated. Is there a specific movie that jump starts your creativity?


chryscat said…
The Princess Bride.
I rarely, if ever, watch a movie twice. It must really stand out for me.
I watched this one twice the other night. Once right after the other. But I've seen it countless times.
There is a feeling that wells up inside of me every time at the beginning when Buttercup is all snarky and Wesley simply you wish.
Smooshy isn't a technical term, is it? *laughing*
But it feels as though my heart swells and fills my chest.
That, to me, is inspiration.
Beth Ciotta said…
Love 'Princess Bride', Crystal. The writing is so clever. The acting wonderful. What about when Wesley, disguised as the dread pirate, tumbles down the hill (I think she pushes him?) and he yells... "As... you... wish..." Buttercup realizes he's her long long love and throws herself down the hill after him. :)

Unlike you, if I adore a movie, if it inspires me in some fashion, I'll watch it again and again. Drives my husband nuts. :)
chryscat said…
Ok. I swear. Last reference to the movie.

Or when Wesley has been technically dead...and Humperdinck is like "You're bluffing" about Wesley and he battling "to the pain" and then Wesley stands up from the bed, extends his sword, and says "Drop. Your. Sword."
Yeah. I'm going to have to go and rent this again.
Beth Ciotta said…
Rent it? You should own it. LOL I do. ;) I remember watching it once with a friend and being amazed when she didn't like it. She didn't get the humor. Just goes to show, like so many things, humor is subjective. Christopher Guest slayed me in PB. Then again, he ALWAYS makes me laugh. Love that man. :)
ElsieHogarth said…
Beth, maybe not jump start my creativity but the lust factor. Definitely.T here are 3 actors that I have followed since the beginning of their careers.

Daniel Day Lewis: I just love him in anything and everything. I fell in love with him when I first saw him in "My Beautiful Launderette" In "Last of the Mohicans" he was wonderful and so buffed. Yeah!!

Mel Gibson: It started with Mad Max(gorgeous eyes and body), Tim, Gallipoli to the present.

Harrison Ford: American Graffiti, Star Wars(Hans Solo-so sexy) etc. I even had a Harrison Ford moment: it was a rainy Sunday morning and I was going to St.Patrick's Cathedral, for mass, I was waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street. On the other side of the street is a man. He has on a Navy Blue baseball cap, navy jacket, a pair of jeans, works boots and a cup of Starbucks coffee in his hand. I sort of recognize him so I wait for him to cross the street. He looks at me, I look at him and he smiles. I say: "Harrison Ford?", he says "Yes, what a great rainy day". He was like a Salvador Dali surreal moment. There was no one around on the street or the side walks, just us. Then I say "Yes, and I have to go because I don't want to be late for the 11:00am mass. Have a nice day". I cross the street and look back and he's still standing there just shaking his head. Needless to say: "I blew my moment with Hans Solo, Indiana Jones". What was I thinking? I just love him!!!!
Gabriele C. said…
Lol, I watch those movies for the battle scenes.

The one I really watch over and over again is Lord of the Rings though I've watched Kenneth Branagh's Henry VI several times (the battle scene is one of the best), as well as Cyrano de Bergerac (that one for the romance indeed) and a few other historical/action thingies, including Highlander for its nice swordplay.

I'll need a beta reader for the romance subplots in my books. *grin*
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie, ditto on the DDL fascination and Mel. I fell for Harrison Ford as Hans Solo and then Indiana Jones and then Jack Ryan... I can't believe you actually ran into him. What a great story! "Have a nice day." *snicker* You blew off Indiana Jones! ;)
Beth Ciotta said…
Gabriele, you have a stronger stomach than I do. Actually, I admire battle scenes, the stunt work, the skill, but I can't take blood and gore. Hacked off body parts and such. I prefer when it's implied. Me a wimp. :) i've seen and enjoyed all the movies you mentioned except 'Cyrano de Bergerac'. Wow. How did I miss that one??
Gabriele C. said…
Oh, definitely try to get your hands on Cyrano de Bergerac. No hacked off body parts there, just some decorative red stains on Christian's shirt. And lots of romance - only, there's no HEA.
Anna Lucia said…
You know, one of the movies I come back to again and again is The Incredibles. I find myself skipping through the action scenes and zeroing in on character and emotional development. They way Violet develops, the way Elastigirl has been able to adapt and change, but Mr Incredible is stuck in the past.. they way they both learn to make compromises. The real sense of family and love....

I know it's a cartoon! But I love the emotion of it.
Stacie said…
lol--The Princess Bride. Hilarious movie. A religion speaker we watched actually quoted from it! (The bishop, "We are gethered together...")

I love The Birdcage. Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Hank's hands-down the funniest movie I've ever seen!
Saranna DeWylde said…
"And what about the scene at the fort, where he takes her hand and leads her to a private spot? The kiss. The passion. Be still my heart. I'm happy to say that this morning I am truly inspired and motivated"

Me too, doll! I use that music to write to when I'm writing a particularly bittersweet scene.
Beth Ciotta said…
I agree, Saranna. One of my favorite scenes in the movie. Yup. THE PASSION! And I, too, own the soundtrack to that movie. :)
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