Silver Linings Playbook is a movie you need to see. I guess I could say that about any movie I choose to write a post on, but this one in particular is a must see. The film will touch you in a profound way. It’s an emotional journey of laughter and sadness, joy and pain. And I imagine for many people, the themes in the movie will hit very close to home. I fell in love with the awkward, raw, and volatile characters portrayed by a brilliant cast. If there is a film this year that truly deserves the title of best picture, this is it.
I recently posted what I learned at a Screenwriting Seminar with Syd Field. One thing in particular has stayed with me over the weeks and that was his definition of a movie. Syd said, “A movie is a story told through pictures.” There are many reasons we love movies, but one definite reason is we connect with images.
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.