Saturday, June 2, 2012

Movies that influence us

I've spent several days converting old VHS tapes to DVDs.  Not only are we running out of room for VHS tapes but our VHS player is getting old and replacements are getting harder to find.  It makes so much sense to have a back-up copy of our favorite VHS movies.  While I was watching a movie the other day, it occurred to me that movies have influenced so much of our lives.  Watching movies led me to find out more about something or someone; Blaze with Paul Newman made me want to know about Huey P. Long who, whether you loved him or hated him, was a fascinating character, watching Gettysburg led me to several books on the Civil War.  Not only have they instilled a desire in me to learn but they have made major impacts on our way of life.  Take Clark Gable in 1934's "It Happened One Night".  When he removed his shirt to reveal a bare chest (heavens, where is his undershirt?), sales of undershirts for men dropped 70%.  Why should men wear one when Clark Gable didn't?  In 1951 Marlon Brando turned the undershirt business around when he starred in "Streetcar Named Desire".  Critics claimed he came from the "torn T-shirt school of acting" but he caused a national surge in undershirt sales.  And isn't Mars candy red in the face after turning down the candy role in E.T.?  No reason has been given for their refusal to allow M&Ms in the movie but Reese's Pieces sales went through the roof less than two weeks after the premier of E.T.  I'm sure if you think about it, you can come up with a movie that influenced you and I'd love to hear about it.  Did a movie make you want to travel to the area it was filmed in, make you run to the library or the Internet to research a topic or just make you go shopping?

Of course, this topic has nothing to do with my card which is another Saturated Canary image called Ava.  I colored her in Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  In this card, I let the image shine.  The sentiment was done on the computer. 
Saturated Canary Ava, Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils: Cobalt Turquoise, Orange Glaze, Dark Chrome Yellow, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Light Cadmium Yellow, Rose Carmine, Dark Flesh Medium Flesh, Light  Flesh, Grass Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber

1 comment:

  1. Love your story about true. Best Carol Burnett episode ever - based on Gone with the Wind. Favorite movie quotes that get incorporated into everyday conversations. Movies that make you laugh - like Overboard, movies that make you dry - Steel Magnolias, documentaries that make you think and cry - Paper Clips, movies that bring us together. And one of my favorite quirky movies recommended by you - Bottle Shock - LOVE THAT MOVIE!

    Really cute card!