Jul 15 2008
There are plenty of movies that have had big impacts in our lives in the sense that we think about those movies often. Horror movies are a great example. We’ll see Halloween and think of the Boogie Man.
However, there are very few movies that actually get people to try new things, give them new hobbies or change how they act altogether. Once in a blue moon, a fictional movie can have this affect on people. The movie might even be responsible for new ways of speaking, influence music, or flat our scare the hell out of people.
Here are five movies that I feel affected our society in a big way.
We might as well just stop the list right here because Jaws is the end all be all of real life influencing movies. Of the however many millions or possibly billion people who have watched this movie, I can guarantee you that not a single one looked at the water the same way ever again. You can’t tell me that 90% of the time you are in the ocean, alone, that at least part of that movie creeps into your head. To have that kind of effect on people is remarkable.
Is there a rapper out there that hasn’t mentioned something from Scarface in one of their songs? But it’s not just the music we’re talking about because that would get us off topic. Scarface influenced an entire sub group of rappers and glorified the drug game which in turn led them to do the same, referring to themselves as Tony Montana, strolling around in excess, etc etc. I mean just watch any episode of “Cribs” and you’ll see what I’m talking about here.
Freestyle rap has always been around but never has it been as prevalent since the release of 8-Mile. Not to mention battling. I for one hadn’t seen too much battling prior to this movie and it’s interesting how a lot of success in rap in now garnered from one’s ability to freestyle.
The Fast and The Furious
It wasn’t the greatest movie in the world but this movie clearly spawned an entirely new generation of street illegal cars and races within the U.S. and abroad. Not to mention there are actually car shows called “Fast and Furious.” Did you really ever know about this underground style of racing before this movie? Not a chance. And now it’s huge.
You gotta see the mustache my buddy Matt grew after watching this movie. Uncoached.
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