Wednesday, April 7, 2010
F is for Favorites
Apocalypse Now is one of those films people either really like or strongly dislike. It partly relates to one of my favorite films of childhood--Wizard of Oz--which to this day remains a favorite. The way I see it Apocalypse Now is a kind of Wizard of Oz for adults, with an assortment of characters on a strange journey to find some eccentric man who rules from his secluded place. In one film the quest is for "home" and in the other the answer is "horror".
the latter film back in December. La Strada, or The Road, is a 1954 film starring Anthony Quinn. Fellini Roma is a surrealistic bio-travel fantasy that looks at the city of Rome.
There is a common theme in all of these films that makes me very partial to them. They all have to do in some way with journeys. The story of the journey is a common one throughout the history of fiction. In part the concept of journey represents the journey we face in life from birth to death. Then there is the adventure of surprise and discovery of what is going to happen next. The arrival is just the end of the story that we see in the film, but we are enthralled by what is involved in getting to the destination.
Films like these are particularly appealing to me because I have a gypsy soul. I love traveling. I have spent much of my life doing things that have involved travel and I'm always ready for a new adventure. From the comfort of my couch I can embark on an odyssey that brings me to places that are strange and that take me to the heart of my dreams, nightmares, and fantasies. It is the exhilaration of getting to a destination where I can bask in memories and meditations.
Such is the journey we are on in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. This is our blog adventure and already we have been surprised by the many different approaches that can be taken to Z destination. There are many routes that we are taking and each offers a fascinating look at what blogging is all about. It should not be the arduous trek of Captain Willard in search of Colonel Kurtz and his visions of horror, but it should be closer to the fun and magic of Dorothy and friends on their way to see the wizard.
That is not to say that all of the blogs are frivolous fun. Some are very serious and require a lot of thought. Others dazzle, while some are like a relaxing friendly visit with the neighbors. There are blogs that instruct us and there are those that entertain us. They all have something special to add to the mix.
If you ask me to name my favorite movies, I have already named a few of them. Want to know my favorite music or books? I can't come up with just one answer, but I can give you list. And if you want to know which are my favorite blogs, you might as well be asking which of my kids are my favorite. They all are because they are all part of my family. Every blog in this challenge is part of our blog family and you all have something unique and meaningful to offer and I thank you for that.
Our blog journey has just begun and the enthusiasm is high. Try to keep a steady pace and focus ahead. Enjoy the scenery--keep checking those other blogs and making the comments so you can support each other. Just don't run out of fuel. This is not a contest or a job, but it is your own personal challenge. We are all rooting for you finish the journey to the end.
You can now comment on the Box o' Whine site -- at last! This site was having problems accepting comments and now the problem has been fixed.