Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Exploration 4

I love watching all different genres of movies. I watch movies to spend time with friends, to get me out of a funk, and for just pure enjoyment. If I had to pick the kind of movie I like best, it would be inspirational movies. Stories that portray a weak person becoming strong after a traumatic event is always inspiring because it shows that we can be persevering people. Although we typically do not have control of traumatic events that occur in our lives, we do have control over  how we react to that event and who we become because of or in spite of that event. That is why I enjoy watching inspiring movies: They remind us that we are bigger than negative situations that we may face.This leads me to the next question.

If I had to pick one movie to recommend to others it would be Faith Like Potatoes. This movie is about a struggling farmer, Angus Buchan, who moves to South Africa in hopes of bettering his life for him and his family. There, he still faces hardships with uncontrollable anger, family turmoils, and a worthless piece of farm land. After support from a friend and a change of mind-set, Angus finds his life in better conditions than before. It is his faith that provides the foundation for the positive events that  begin to unfold in his life.

As for the Golden Age of Hollywood, this is a great topic to discuss!  I love watching "black and white" films. They reveal so much emotion, from over exaggerated drama to witty humor. My favorite star from this era is James (Jimmy) Stewart. He plays in my favorite movie, It's A Wonderful Life (This is also an inspirational movie, but I chose to recommend Faith Like Potatoes instead because I felt it is more relateable to our age). Jimmy was such a great actor. He played in several different types of films from thrillers to comedies. In his movies, he always seemed to portray genuine emotion that set him apart from other actors. He is considered one of the best actors of the Golden Age. In 1940, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in the film The Philadelphia Story. He even continued acting in the '90's but died in '97. Jimmy will always be remembered for his great work in acting. He was the best actor of the time!


  1. I think may have seen some of James Stewart's film but don't know what they were.

  2. It is very interesting to know that you enjoy inspirational movies because I also enjoy them. The movies show that we aslo can perservere through the trials and tests that present themselves in our lives.

  3. I also really enjoy inspirational movies because they realy portray how big of obstacles that people can over come. One of my favorite inspirational movies is The Blind Side.