On a Quest !

Much like a movie, 2020 has been one big adventure for all of us.  We have all been on one long roller coaster of uncertainty. Some of us facing challenges we never could have imagined. Others facing adversity head on. And all of us, learning a big lesson in what matters most and who to keep close.

Although we don’t quite know when our quest will end, we have the ability to embrace the positives, learn and grow. This week, we were inspired by some of our favorite quest films shorts and TV Series. Movies that take us on wild rides with no end in sight but somehow all come together with a lesson learned and a hopeful future. We hope these films bring you some hope and reassurance. Keep on going, we are almost there!

From IMDB’s list of the most popular quest movies and TV shows, here are some of our notable favorites we hope you can join us on a cinematic adventure!

The Neverending Story

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprietor reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction.

 

Moana

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island’s fishermen can’t catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti’s heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology.

Little Miss Sunshine

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl’s husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne’s grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor). When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to win the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream .

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father’s belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock?

 Plastic Bag (short)

A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world.

52 Masters (TV series) 

As he nears his 52nd birthday, Sensei William Christopher Ford embarks on a quest to learn about 52 new martial arts disciplines from 52 different masters.

 

Shrek

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been ‘swamped’ with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to ‘persuade’ Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.

 

Search For the Afghan Girl

The fascinating journey to find the mysterious “Afghan Girl” whose haunting gaze captivated the world in a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine cover.

The Goonies

Mikey and his friends have always wanted to go on an adventure. One night they are all in Mikey’s attic and Mikey stumbles across an old map. Mikey has always wanted to know if One-eyed Willy ever was a real person and now he might. They set off and later realize that they have to go through the evil Mama Fratelli’s restaurant to get to a secret passage to the caves. As they try to get into the caves Mama Fratelli catches Chuck and he is left behind. He then meets Sloth one of Mama Fratelli’s sons with a messed up face. He befriends Sloth. Meanwhile Mama Fratelli and her sons are trying to get to the treasure too. Will the kids make it there before Mama Fratelli does? Will Chuck ever get out of her basement?

Now it’s time for an adventure! To get more critically acclaimed quest titles visit the IMDB library.  Here’s to another week in the books!

 

See you at the Ruby! (soon)

 

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