Welcome to part II of last week’s movie marathon, featuring the films that inspire me to the point where I wished I had come up with them myself. Ever get the feeling of being too inspired? (I know, would make for a great #firstworldproblem tweet.) Not sure if this 2-parter is helping me put things into perspective, or just bringing back some old feelings of “but that could be awesome too!”. I need to calm down now.
1. ANNIE HALL (Woody Allen, 1977): Obviously Allen had to make his way to my list, bloody genius film-making-machine. (Sorry, I’m calm.) Yes, Allen plays next to gorgeous actress Diane Keaton and yes, he frequently becomes a blubbering fool. But the back-and-forth between these two is priceless!
2. ORDINARY PEOPLE (Robert Redford, 1980): This is a bit more on the sad side, but nonetheless very very good. I could get all deep here and tell you that it makes you think and stuff, but I guess you get the point. Just be prepared to hate Mary Tyler Moore as the mother (I know, right?) and feel things for Donald Sutherland you never thought you’d feel (awkward.)
3. FARGO (Joel and Ethan Cohen, 1996): Oh Cohen brothers, how I wish I could spend a day in each of your brains…I am in love with all their films, but this one is pretty special. I think it was the film that introduced me to this love-hate relationship. I bet you’ll try to imitate Frances McDorman’s accent after watching this (or is that just me?).
4. TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle, 1996): I may have needed subtitles the first time I watched this, but that hasn’t stopped me from seeing this film more than 10 times. It. Is. Great. A little disturbing, but great. Just makes me want to travel to Scotland and never have another drink again
5. IN BRUGES (Martin McDonagh, 2008): Bet you’d never heard of Bruges before this film? Bet you want to go there after seeing this film? This twistedly funny movie (again, might need some subtitles) will undoubtedly inspire you (whether it be in your writing or your future travel plans).
That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. Now that I’ve gotten those off my chest, I can maybe, possibly focus on a project of my own! Set in Bruges, featuring the life of a drug addict couple who talk fast and shoot people. Done.