Last night I was flipping channels and got stuck on one of those films that stops me fast each time. No, it’s not “Dumb and Dumber”, “Fletch” or “Braveheart”. While those all have the same effect on my trigger finger, the one that stopped me last night was “Legends of the Fall”. Even though I own the DVD (and the soundtrack), I still watched the entire movie. When it first started, I wondered if it was a hit to my man card, but thankfully, I got justification on Twitter. I posted the question and was promptly told by several people that it was not.

I can’t figure out what it is about the story, but something in it draws me in. The first time I watched it, I did just that…watched it. I was on a flight from Ohio to Phoenix and could only see it. I didn’t have headphones so I didn’t get to hear a single word. Just watched it. Boy did I miss out. Quotes like the ones below strike a chord in me:

I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more.

Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends.

Forever turned out to be too long.

It is hard to tell of happiness. Time goes by and we feel safe too soon.

She was like the water that freezes inside a rock and breaks it apart. It was no more her fault than it is the fault of the water when the rock shatters.

Every warrior hopes a good death will find him.

I thought Tristan would never live to be an old man. I was wrong about that. I was wrong about many things. It was those who loved him most who died young. He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them.

YOUR TURN: What films make you stop while clicking channels, no matter how many times you’ve seen them?