The more I learn about history, film, music, war, politics, etc., the more people there are who get added to my "people I wish weren't dead" list. I have this weird idea in my head that, as long as someone's alive, I'll always have the chance of meeting them, even if it's a small chance. So with that in mind, I've created my list (it's longer than this, but I can't think of all of them off the top of my head).
|George Méliès- really interesting in film history- |
basically invented special effects
|John Lennon- I just wish he were still alive making music.|
|Sid Vicious- the Sex Pistols were a fascinating band to me, historically.|
It's a shame that he died so young.
|Paul Newman- I said no particular order...he's number one. |
Best actor of his time, in my opinion (please don't refer to him as
"the salad dressing guy"). Very philanthropic too.
He's also one of the most beautiful people I've ever seen.
|Frank Sinatra...he's just wonderful.|
|George Harrison- amazing guitarist. Should also still be alive making music.|
|George Gershwin- listening to him play piano brings tears to my eyes. He was so incredibly talented. Also died too young. I absolutely love his work. I'm actually listening to it as I write this.|
|Scott Joplin- King of Ragtime. I just love his music and his style- it's amazing|
|Thomas Jefferson- a great president. He was really interesting, and I love reading about cool|
things he did, like teach himself to write with his opposite hand and things like that.
I know that a couple of those things above that I said I wanted to experience firsthand were wars. I'm not actually saying that I want to experience war, per se, but I just think it would be interesting to be alive during such a tumultuous time. When I really think about it, I don't actually wish I were born in a different time; I just wish I could go back in time and experience all of the things I know about now. If I were just living it just like anyone else alive then lived it, it probably wouldn't actually be that cool, just like the fact that there are probably things going on right now, in this decade that people 50 years from now will wish they could have been around for.
Hm...I didn't do this on purpose, but (STOP READING THIS SENTENCE IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS- skip to the next paragraph) I just came to the exact conclusion that the main character in Midnight in Paris comes to at the end of the movie...I guess Woody Allen was right...
But when I learn about a particularly juicy time or event in history, I get this pain in my chest, a sort of longing to know more about it, to soak it all up and experience it (as much as one can experience something that's already happened). In the past 24 hours, I've watched two movies about the Vietnam war: Platoon and Full Metal Jacket. They were different (but at the same time similar) representations of the war from the American soldiers' perspective, and both of them made me feel sick. I've never really read or watched anything about Vietnam that affected me as strongly as these movies did (particularly Full Metal Jacket).
I knew that it was an awful time for American history, but I never really saw it laid out the way Kubrick did in his film (or Stone did in his). It was incredible. I felt a little guilty feeling so awed by the films because of the heavy content, but when I see a good movie like Full Metal Jacket, it also inspires me and fills me with this intense desire to create. That is what I want to do with film: create something that can reach people on that deep of a level.