We all have a movie we watch when we are sad, need a laugh, or need a good cry.
This past year, Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a lively and memorable musical that described the magic of moving pictures. The song took you down the Yellow Brick Road, to the pottery scene with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost, and back to the Oscars, all within a few minutes. The purpose of this monologue was to show the meaning movies can have on audiences.
So, what is it about moving pictures that make them so magical, so invigorating? The answer: they are stories viewers are able to connect and identify with, in some way or another. Their scenes lead us to unknown worlds, familiar scenarios, and give us a break from reality–even if it is just for a few hours.
As an actress and a journalist, I view myself as a storyteller. What story or stories do I want people to know and experience? For me, I always think about the moving pictures that take me away, the moving pictures that inspired me to go into acting, and the moving pictures that I always turn to, no matter what.
And those movies are:
1. White Christmas
2. Gone with the Wind
3. The Sound of Music
4. Dirty Dancing
5. Steel Magnolias