Saturday, January 30, 2010

Writing Exercise - Movies Between 10 and 15

Tonight I'm writing from my parents' house on Hilton Head Island. We came down for a visit, and apparently Columbia was drenched with freezing rain, making the drive home less than optimal. We're staying overnight, and driving back tomorrow.

But am I going to let that stop me from writing? Not if I can help it. Here's tonight's writing exercise courtesy of C.M. Mayo's website.

January 30 "Movies Between 10 and 15"
In a 1974 interview with Gerald Clarke for The Paris Review, Gore Vidal said, "Every writer of my generation has been influenced by films.... Find out the movies a man saw between ten and fifteen, which ones he liked, disliked, and you would have a pretty good idea of what sort of mind and temperment he has." Either for yourself, or for one of your characters, list the movies you (he / she) can recall having seen between ten and fifteen.
(Is this bananas? Or is there some nugget of something to this?)

Here we go:

Predator, Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, Overboard, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, UHF, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Dances With Wolves, Top Gun, Total Recall, The Running Man, The Dream Team, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ghostbusters 2, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Wraith, The Naked Gun, Three Men And A Baby

And, time:

I definitely think that there's something to this. Several of these movies have stayed with me, and I'm sure they will stay with me for all my life. It's a little more of a memory exercise, but I think it bears thinking about.

I'm going to try to make some headway writing tonight. I'm not in my usual writing habitat, but I'll see what I can do.


  1. "You are one ugly mother fucker."~Predator
    "Someone said Aliens, she thought they said Illegal Aliens and signed up."~Aliens
    "This is going to take Cracker Jack timing Wang."~Big Trouble in Little China
    "Your my Annie and you always will be."~Overboard
    "I don't think they had Wookies in mind when they designed her Chewie."~ROTJ
    "I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog."~Indiana Jones
    "Have fun storming the castle."~Princess Bride
    "Come back here I'll bite your knee caps off."Monty Python
    "Datonka"~Dances With Wolves
    "Two of your snot nose rookie pilots flew by my tower at over 400 Knots, I want somebody's but, I want it now...I've Had It!" [Walks into man who spills coffee] "God damnit, I want some butts!"~Top Gun
    "Consider that a divorce."~Total Recal
    "Two in the box, ready to go, we be fast & they be slow."~Ghostbusters II
    "We've come for your daughter chuck."~Beetlejuice
    "Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in when a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?"~Batman
    "I'll give you a thousand dollars if you'll do it."~Three Men & A Baby

  2. I swear, if I find any of these movies on the television, I put down the remote. I think they definitely explain a lot about me. :)