FAVORITE MOVIE? I CANNOT CHOOSE, I like too many!
© M.C.V Egan
I am a complete cinephile. I love movies, before COVID19 I loved going to the cinema with my husband, my son, friends, and even alone. I love to watch old movies, new movies, animated films, the lot!
cannot choose a favorite movie, but I choose a film that felt like it was “made
for me. The mystery suspense; Dead Again with Kenneth Branagh as both
director and main character. A cast fit for the best: Andy Garcia, Derek
Jacobi, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Robin Williams.
love Robin Williams; I am old enough to remember when Mork and Mindy
first aired. I was in college, and we were all talking about how talented, and
funny the alien, Mork, was. In Dead Again, his role is minor but with an
amazing impact, a psychiatrist who lost his license and right to practice
working as a butcher.
am also old enough to have experienced the curiosity incited about past lives
and past life regressions by Dr. Brian Weiss through his book Many Lives,
Many Masters. By the time Dead Again hit theaters in the USA, I had already
had my first past life regression and had a strong physical reaction that remains
with me to this day, almost thirty years later.
my regression, I went back hundreds of years to Mexico. In it, I was an Aztec
Indian involved in a ritual on a pyramid. I was not the sacrifice, but I
tumbled, fell, broke my neck, and thus died. In this lifetime, I always felt
like a misfit in Mexico, primarily because I am tall, and I was always tall
compared to my peers. In Mexico, I towered as a child over my contemporaries,
always the last one in line.
I was 12 years old, and my father’s work transferred the entire family to
Washington D.C., I was thrilled. My height was perfect for the USA. I am 5’9”
tallish but not the tallest girl ever again! I adapted to my new life
seamlessly, and my Spanish speaking friends were from a wide variety of countries,
the same years later in France and Sweden. As such, because of my physique, and
when I spoke, neutral Spanish with no discerning accent, people never guessed
where my country of origin. Imagine the difference between a Brit, an American,
and an Aussie, using the same language but not the same accents.
1991, after my first past life regression, I suddenly developed a strong,
clearly Mexican accent in Spanish. At the time, I worked retail and had many
Spanish speaking tourists as customers, overnight they stated “Mexicana,” they recognized the Mexican accent, although
I have never lived in, or interacted much with Mexican people, other than my
family or through social media, it is there.
of that experience when I wrote The Bridge of Deaths, I had Bill develop
a habit he had never had. The bridge between the past and present that I love
to believe exists.