SoCS and JustJoJan Day 9 – “Are you not entertained?”

I do most of my posts from the couch on a very old laptop. There are times, though, that it is so loud and obnoxious in the living room, that I have to put headphones on and listen to music so I can concentrate on what I’m writing.

I can’t just listen to anything though, because lyrics are just as distracting for me as the noise from the television or the conversations going on around me. I’ve tried several different types of music and for a while, I thought I had some pretty decent choices. It wasn’t until I remembered a particular soundtrack that I finally found something that is my go-to for writing purposes.

Since I was listening to the music when I read the prompt, it was the only movie title that came to mind. It is for the movie Gladiator. I just looked up the movie to link to it, and I can’t believe it has been 16 years since the movie was released!

I was having a conversation with the boyfriend this morning about movies. I’m an emotional movie watcher. I tend to put myself in the movie, so I feel it on a deeper level than my boyfriend does. Through the years, I’ve become much more selective about what I will watch because they can affect me so deeply. Gladiator was one of those movies.

(If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do, but then you shouldn’t read the rest of this because there will be spoilers)

It has such a powerful opening scene with the battle against the horde. And it never really slows down from there. I was completely emotionally invested in Maximus and his long struggle to avenge his family. I was so invested, it broke my heart that he died in the endeavor. I’m pretty sure the theater erupted when he finally killed the emperor and at that point I still had hope that he just might survive.

I think the music only adds to the entire feel of the movie. It’s beautiful music. I sometimes wonder if it affects my writing…

Gladiator is one of those movies that is worth owning and watching more than once. I have a hard time watching it over and over again because it was like a traumatic event in my life, watching it for the first time, and every time I watch it again, it brings back all the same feelings. Crazy how movies and books can affect us like that, isn’t it?

I couldn’t end the post without putting in some quotes – quotes I still think about and use in every day life as it so happens.

“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”

“Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”

“Am I not merciful?” (That one gives me chills just writing it…)

“I will see you again… but not yet… not yet…”

(There are too many good quotes. Haha. Makes me want to watch the film again…)

Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January are both hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s combined prompt was to pick a movie title and use it as inspiration for your post. I thoroughly loved this prompt today. Thanks, Linda!

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16 thoughts on “SoCS and JustJoJan Day 9 – “Are you not entertained?”

  1. I’ve seen bits and pieces of Gladiator, but never the whole movie from beginning to end. We used to see lots of movies, but haven’t the last few years. I have trouble getting in and out of theater seats…

    You know what else works when you have to block out noises, or when it’s too quiet (almost as distracting)? White noise. Check out; they have a whole bunch there.

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