Humphrey Bogart is one of the classiest actors to ever grace the silver screen. He has that old cool Hollywood vibe oozing out his pores. It’s quite refreshing to watch a movie and witness someone on the screen who was born to be there. Casablanca is an unforgettable movie. The cinematography is clean and focused, the storyline interesting, and the characters revealing. When I first saw the film I had to find a quiet place right after to just soak it all in.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I recently watched the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s a beautiful movie that is incredibly well acted and I wholeheartedly recommend it. A number of themes emerge throughout the movie, but this is essentially a story about growing up. It’s about the resiliency of the human spirit. It’s about love for others and yourself. It’s about the importance of friends. And it’s about the need to not simply observe life, but to live it.
Syd Field taught me that my life is like a screenplay. I’m not sure if that was his intention, but I learned that this past weekend. About a year ago, I started researching screenplays for fun. One of the names I came across was Syd Field, who is sort an expert on the subject. For my birthday, my loving wife got me a ticket to attend his crash course in screenwriting last Saturday. I learned a lot about the craft of screenwriting and also discovered some interesting connections to my own life.
I used to think people who liked Woody Allen films were pretentious. You know the type–charlatans, participating in Hollywood snobbery at its finest, who only watch art movies and don’t appreciate good story telling. I used to not like Woody Allen films because I thought it they were all angst-filled one liner comedies with no story. But I’m beginning to see I was wrong. He is a brilliant story-teller. I didn’t appreciate his movies before because they didn’t make sense to me. Truthfully, I hadn’t lived enough when I first saw them.