The movie industry is still struggling with format too much for us to give you any meaningful suggestions about how best to find these movies - but John would assure you that they are all well worth the effort of figuring it out for yourself!
(1) The 1960 Western classic, The Magnificent Seven, changed John’s life. When the main characters were tossed out of the village by the bandits, and immediately began strapping on their guns to return to what was almost certainly a suicidal effort to do what was right, John knew that if he was ever placed in a similar situation he would have to follow their example.
(2) In 1969, Marlon Brando made and released Burn!, a study of colonialism and how it is destructive for all concerned. John saw it first in Greenwich Village in 1971 at a fundraiser for various radical, revolutionary organizations.
(3) Three movies that most people have probably already seen come to mind just because of how many scenes in them instantly became classics and how many phrases they etched into the general public’s and John’s vocabulary. They are:
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Star Wars (Episode IV)
- The Return of the King from the “Lord of the Rings” series of movies.
(4) Last, but not least, are two movies made by that most irreverent of groups, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. They are: The Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. For classic scenes and phrases, and questioning all that is sacred, they can’t be beat.