Okay so let me say this first, I like a lot of movies. However, I don’t watch horror movies or the Alien franchise. I have enough demons that make nightmares or keep me up in the night that I don’t add to by watching scary movies.

The first movie I saw was Little Mermaid, and I think I was four, we watched in it our living room, and I became transfixed with the idea of Mermaids and fell in love with Ariel. I’m now 33, and Little Mermaid is still my favorite movie. In a recent trip to Disneyland, we met a Cast member who had been working at the parks for years and told us that initially, they wanted to make Ariel blond. If she were blond, I wouldn’t love her as much as I do.

It’s no secret that Jman and I like to collect movies, we have over 300. We have classics like Oklahoma and Shawshank Redemption, to newer films such as Zootopia and The Legend of Tarzan.

As I have grown my love for movies has as well, but my tastes have changed. When I was a teenager, I lived for the happily ever after of the film. Feeling like being married was my entire goal in life. Married life extends so much more than a big white wedding and living together. Now when I watch movies, I crave married life to be portrayed, to show the couple surviving through the hard times. Or even show a husband and wife team who are unshakeable and also though there are hard times their love for each other is the only way they can rise above adversity.

A walk to remember is one of my favorite movies, and I couldn’t watch it for years after I got cancer. It was too fresh and in my mind movies are supposed to transport the watcher to another place in life. Not watching this movie became a hurdle that I knew I wanted to overcome. I have since watched this movie, and it made me sad, but it didn’t create a thought “oh woe to me, I have had cancer.”

There are movies that I can’t watch. One Such is Of Mice and Men, Jman and I tried to watch this movie and I couldn’t. The portrayal of the man with an intellectual disability and the innocent mistakes he made because he didn’t know his strength and accidentally killed his mouse. I left the room and did not finish the movie.

It is incredible to me how some movies I watch and not really like them and then a recent film comes out, and I love it. This recently happens with the How to Train your Dragon franchise. Sis loves dragons, even more than me. So in 2010 when the first installment of this series came out, I saw it, but I thought “It was a good movie,” My Sister, however, loved it. I loved the dragon Toothless, but everyone else seemed pretty reasonable. I typically don’t like animated movies besides Disney movies. I saw the second installment with Jman, and again we thought it was a good movie but nothing earth-shattering. Then a few weeks ago the third installment came out, and we went and saw it in theatres. The writers made a refreshing decision for the Character Astrid, the hero’s love interest, anyone who watches these movies knew Astrid could hold her own. But when the hero needed reassuring, the writers had Astrid this fantastic female character be supportive and helpful, but she didn’t run over the hero with her feminist ways.
I can’t tell you how refreshing it was for myself to watch a strong female character, support a male character without the need to prove that she was healthy. Astrid relationship with the hero became one that Jman and I have where we are partners. And I loved How to train your dragon: The Hidden world, It did so many things awesomely, and it was progressive.

Jman and I will keep collecting movies, and we will keep watching movies, we will keep talking about movies, and finally, we will keep talking about movies. I feel like film break down our blinders and help us see the world through the main character eyes. Movies transport us, and for a little while, help forget what’s happening in our lives.

James 1:22-25 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

TTFN and God Bless and Keep you

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