There are people in the world that I know that I will never meet, but they have had a profound effect on me as a person. They are muses to me, inspirations if you will, people that have made a connection with me through their art, their music, their words and of course, their cinematic efforts. They have struck a chord in my heart and I have made an invisible and yet quite meaningful connection to them, they are my 'unknowable inspirations'.
Unlike my everyday inspirers that I can call upon any time (whom I am eternally grateful for also) my 'unknowable inspirers' will never ever know me, they will never know the impact that they have had upon me, they will never know that they gotten me through some tough times in my life with their wisdom and their truth.
Your 'unknowable inspirations' are the types of people that you would have over for dinner if you could invite anyone in the world to share a meal with you, dead or alive.
So, who would you invite to dinner?
People often opt to invite someone esoteric like Jesus around, just to see if he was a real person or not, and although that idea is somewhat intriguing to me, I would much rather chew the fat with someone that has shown me a new way of thinking or a new way of being. I want to have dinner with a person that has inspired me to do new things, or create something amazing, or given me hope, strength or humour when I needed it. I wouldn't want to waste my 'dinner with anyone' ticket to spend the night listening to Jesus preach or arguing with Hitler.
I would be more than happy to share my dinner table with any of the following people, because they have all been inspiring to me at some point in my life so far:
Guillermo del Toro
I know that I will never really share a meal with any of these people at any point, but I am just so glad that they are (or have been) in the world and I'm really thankful for all of the 'unknowable inspiration' that they have given to me over the years.
THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Release Date: 2005
Running Time: 115 mins
When Roald Dahl himself disapproved of the 1971 film adaption of his children's novel, and declined the rights to produce the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, it was inevitable that a remake would ensue. Warner Bros. approached the Dahl estate in 1991 with the idea for a remake, and many years later they agreed, as long as they received total artistic control. With the assistance of Tim Burton, the family happily allowed a remake to be made, and it is a true homage to Dahl's vision and a delightfully wacky children's movie.
Five children win golden tickets which allow them to visit Willy Wonka's secretive and magical chocolate factory for a day. As they encounter all of the strange and wonderous inventions and beings that inhabit the factory, one by one they fall into demise, mainly created by their own doing.
Johnny Depp is absolutely amazing as Wonka, slightly scary and genuinely odd in every way. The child cast and their chosen adult company are also really well cast, and the Oompa Loompa's, all played by Deep Roy, are a cavalry of colour and sound. This is a remake that Dahl would have loved, and a far truer version than than the 70's musical; we may now actually get to see the sequel on the big screen sometime in the future.
FINAL SAY: This is the story of an ordinary little boy named Charlie Bucket.
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