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30 day Challenge - Your favourite movie and what it's about

I don't have a single, favourite movie. I like a lot of different movies very much indeed. Ones I go back to and watch again and again include Flash Gordon, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizards and, of course, who can forget Naughty Schoolgirls Vol. III.

These are all a bit predictable though. Those who know me a little better know I have a penchant for Strange Days, the horribly dated sci-fi investigative thriller with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett in it (she SO should have been Storm in the X-Men movies).

Ostensibly it's about mind-reading/playback technology where you can record experiences and emotions and play them back later on and the role that these have in uncovering a racial crime perpetrated by the LAPD and the actions of a serial killer. What it's about to me, however, is dwelling on the past, living on memories and hurt, not letting yourself get past something that went bad for you and, because your emotional wounds are so raw, letting wonderful things pass you by.

This is, perhaps, best summed up in Lenny's quote from the film:

Lenny: Have you ever been in love with someone who didn't return that love?
Mace: Yeah, Lenny, I have.
Lenny: It didn't stop you from loving them, right? Or being able to understand them or forgive them?

Lenny's character also resonates with me as a creative and as an RPG games master, he trades memories and experiences as as a writer and a GM that's also what I do with games. I often use this other quote in signature files for forums etc:

Lenny Nero: See... I can get you what you want, I can. I can get you anything, you just have to talk to me, you have to trust me. You can trust me, 'cause I'm your priest, I'm your shrink... I am you main connection to the switchboard of he soul. I'm the magic man... Santa Claus of the subconscious. You say it, you think it, you can have it.