“I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson)

A brilliant quote that almost everyone knows. Don’t they?

Well “Taken” was on TV the other day and I thought “I’ve seen it before and I think it’s an OK film. It’s got that quote after all. Yeah, why not?”

Well! Did I remember any of the film from previous watchings? Nope! Little bits here and there (and of course I know it all ends happily ever after-ish) but the plot and the little twists and turns? Nope! It was a whole new film to me.

And then I thought. How many films have I watched and not really “Taken” in what was happening? What can I remember about all of those hundreds, maybe thousands, of films I’ve watched while under the influence these last 20+ years? I’ve got so many films to re-watch that I’m not going to be bored for a long time. Obviously that depends on which film I’m watching as I’m sure I’ve watched a few turkeys over the years.

There are obviously two exceptions to this:

The legendary “It’s a Wonderful Life” which I think everyone should watch. Especially those who need picked up and re-assured. We are all worth something and if we weren’t here then, despite our many flaws and imperfections, the world would be a different and poorer place.

And of course the greatest film ever produced.


I could sit down and right the script almost word for word I’ve seen it that often! The music, the story, the complete package of a film.

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