Friday, April 6, 2012

Four Films That Changed My Life: Ben Foutch

I’m definitely not going through one of those “what does it all mean” phases. However, I recently found myself thinking about my life-long love affair with movies. I've seen some things that should be left untouched, as well as uncovered some gems that most people have never heard of. And after a little trip down memory lane, it hit me like a meat hook in the Sawyer house.

Certain movies have put me on this path, for better or worse. But, before you wipe the dust off your jump to conclusions board, this article isn't about making decisions based on what happens in a film. It’s basically about inspiration. Who knows, after reading this article, maybe you will see how film might have affected your life.


4.  BASEketball (1998)



Now, I haven’t done the research, but I think it’s safe to say that this film destroyed the vocabulary of entire generations. The extensive use of the word “dude” invaded my subconscious like a deadly virus and was the first word spewed out of my mouth after watching it. I still don’t go a day without saying it. Hypnosis is probably the only cure.


3.  Dawn of the Dead (1978)


My interest in horror predates my first viewing experience of this film. Yet, this was the first horror film that made me see that this genre can have something to say. There was no turning back. Weekends were horror nights for years and during that time discovered many great films this genre has to offer. I still look for relics of the past and keep up with current films in production. Because of my passion and understanding for these types of films, I am considered this blog’s “horror guy”. If there is a new, or interesting horror film released, chances are you will find my review.


2.  Armageddon (1998)



I went through an Aerosmith craze after watching this. I became so enthralled with their musical arsenal that seeing them perform live was a must (I still have my concert ticket). It was at this concert that I decided being a guitar player would be an essential part of my existence. Shortly after, I bought my first axe. Fast forward fourteen years and six guitars later, it is still an important part of my life. Thank you “Armageddon”.


1.  Batman (1989)



This is the film that not only started my passion for movies, but comics and superheroes as well. This is also my first memory of a movie theater. Sitting in the front row and just being in awe of that movie magic, it is impossible to forget.  This film is single-handedly responsible for my geekish qualities. Screw you “Batman”!


So there you have it.  Aspects of my personality inspired by film!  Would I have turned out differently otherwise?  Impossible to know for sure, but I'll still blame the movies.