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A Chart Of The Hero's Journey

Picture this: Witches, Flying Monkeys, a Wizard, Munchkins, a Horse of Another Color, a Tin Man, a man made of Straw, a Cowardly Lion and Young Girl in possession of a pair of Ruby Slippers.  Judy Garland is amazing as Dorothy and difficult to imagine MGM’s first choice, Shirley Temple in the role.   The making of The Wizard of Oz was inspired by Walt Disney’s animated “Snow White”.

Casting The Witch

Metropolis, a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. The film was met with a mixed response upon its initial release, with many critics praising its technical achievements while deriding its simplistic and naïve storyline. Due both to its long running-time and footage censors found questionable, Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere; large portions of the film were lost over the subsequent decades.  Directed by Fritz Lang in 1927

Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young.  The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019.   This movie is made in the noir tradition with its low-key lighting which creates the shadows, showing that the main characters, one a detective, the other a beautiful woman (except in this case, she is a Replicant who looks like a woman).  The detective falls in love with her; she lies to him and is caught in a dilemma.  Should he do his job, round up all Replicants, or should he give into love and conceal the truth.

Here you will see the trailer and the opening scene, which depicts the setting.


The Lord of the Rings:  The Trilogy


The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King (which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2003


If we look at the simplest aspect of these movies, we witness a young boy on the verge of man-hood who experiences an overwhelming quest.  One day Frodo is an innocent hobbit of The Shire.  The next, he journeys with his companions to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron forever. ( I was not only enthralled with the story, but I was awed by the way this movie was shot.  The editing is amazing in all three films.)


The Princess Bride has something for everyone.  There is something for everyone is this film.  There is sword fighting, cliff climbing death defying and there is a Princess and a Man in Black, who happens to wear a mask; there is a Giant, an Evil Prince, a Fire Swamp, Rodents of Unusual Size, a Six Fingered Man and some Kissing too.  All of this is accomplished with a great deal of humor under the direction of Rob Reiner.

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Black Pearl
This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.  ( I cannot imagine anyone else in the role of Jack Sparrow, other than Johnny Depp.)

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