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Has a Movie Changed Your Life?

Has a movie changed your life?

Now that’s a big question. Or maybe not a big question, but a big responsibility for a movie. Tuesday on State of Affairs, our show is about movies that have changed your life. It wasn’t our idea (I’ll confess), but part of this year’s IdeaFestival (all movie submissions can be found here). Well here at WFPL we’ve been discussing the topic on and off for about a week. I don’t know what it says about news people, but so far no one has admitted to a movie that has changed their life.

This got me to thinking over the weekend about movies that while they haven’t changed my life, they have certainly opened my mind and my eyes to the world around me. So here’s my humble list of a few of my most influential movies:

Dead Poets Society – for reminding me to seize the day during a period in my life when everything was about “getting ahead.”

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso – for showing me that love and romance is in the eye of the beholder and might not have anything to do with a “romantic relationship”. And for showing me a romantic ending can be lovely and make you cry at the same time.

Ran (Kurosawa) – for opening my eyes to the true beauty of a film, even its violence.

Now ask me tomorrow and I might give slightly different answers. And my all time favorite movie, easy – Lawrence of Arabia.