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Movies have always been an inspiration to me through my years growing up. From the first time my friends and I went and saw "Honey I Shrunk The Kids", to "Remember The Titans", I have always enjoyed the compassion and energy these directors and actors have put in into these movies.
Growing up, these movies have educated me somewhat more than school did. For example I used to believe that that racism was a thing of the past, only history to us now. But when I saw several movies being made about racism here in the United States I came to think that it still exist. Mostly all of them were based on a true story. "Final Justice", a film about a African --American father killing the two White men that had raped and tortured his little girl, and then fighting a court battle to capture his innocence, showed me that African -- Americans really had struggling lives growing up in some communities. Just because of their skin color. Movies such as that influenced me greatly when I was growing up, I was already raised with the absence of racism, but when I would here people talking about "black" people, after watching these movies I wouldn't get myself involved in the conversations.
There have been many movies in the past that I have enjoyed. Many that I don't even remember what happens in the movie anymore, and some that I could watch over and over again. And then there were others, which were poorly done, or it didn't interest me at all, like the "Blair Witch Project". A crew of college students for a project supposedly did this movie. Once it hit the news the movie caught on fire. Everyone was scrambling to see it, while all the Cinema's were asking for it, so I decided to go and watch it. Inside the movie theatre my friends and I began to watch the beginning of the movie when all of the sudden one person got sick of the constant motion of the camera, and through up. From that point on the movie just got worse. It was so difficult to pay attention and not get dizzy that I missed all the parts that were supposed to scare me.
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