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Good will hunting

There’s a scene in the film Good Will Hunting which I particularly enjoy. The scene that concerns me at the moment is the one near the end when the teacher, played by Stellan Skarsgard is meeting with Will played by Matt Damon in his office and he says something that upsets Will and Will takes the papers filled with some brilliant mathematical algorithms he concocted and lights it on fire, because its meaningless to him. The teacher quickly rushes over and puts it out, because its so valuable to him. The intelligence written on these papers is unmatched and superb. Will says something like “Do you know how easy this is for me? This is a joke to me! I’m sorry you can’t do it, I really am.” and the teacher later replies that he “knows how easy it is for (Will).”

Anyway I think of that moment because here you have two kinds of people. One – a genius who is careless about his talents and has no shame in throwing it away. The second – a respected teacher who strives for achievement but whose intelligence does not closely match that of his most talented protege. It’s just a great overall scene, because its so common in life. It’s a brilliant film.

Ambition

My ambition in life is to become a successful writer/filmmaker. I won’t get into the facts about the other millions and millions of dreamers like myself, that would be a waste of words. What I wanted to say was that I directed a short film recently and I submitted it to several film festivals. I was excited when the first two festivals that got back to me both accepted my film so I was 2 for 2. Blood rushed to my cheeks and I was overwhelmed with joy. 2 for 2 ain’t a bad start I thought. Naturally I got ahead of myself and thought that I must have done a good job with the movie. Since then, 21 other film festivals have touched base with me with their decisions. And all 21 have rejected the film with what seems to be the same exact kind of letter. So I was for 2 for 2 to begin with, and now I’m 2 for 23. What can you do? I keep saying to myself. At this point I cannot change the film I directed so there is nothing left to be done. It’s disappointing and upsetting. A big part of life is disappointment and learning to deal with it.

The Parallax View

Film Directors

Some directors, they mature and they end up being judged by the actors they’re able to get. Once you reach Quentin Tarantino level, you can work with anyone you want. When you are the PT Anderson level, you can work with the top actors, not necessarily the number ones. Sometimes you’re on the Polanski level, where, you’re respected, but you can’t work with (or refuse to work, in his case, with) top actors. Then you go down the ladder, you see lesser known directors working with lesser known actors until you reach the bottom. Sometimes the bottom filmmaker will get lucky and get to work with someone talented.

Movies: part two

They should just remake every movie ever made. Not kidding. Lets remake wizard of oz. in 3D! directed by tim burton! Yes thats a billion dollar idea right there. Lets remake gone with the wind too. Lets just dig up every movie and do it over again. Like 2001. No that one’s too smart. We need something thats deep rooted in stupidity. That way its easier to remake. Um, how about star wars? Can we get a remake of that movie? Nah I guess not. There’s enough out there for george lucas to make his millions. toys, games, cartoons, how could he not be sick of it yet? I mean he’s been knee deep in star wars for the better part of the last 4 decades. Anyway, straying from the point. They should remake Bullitt with some hot young actor like Rob pattinson or shia lebouf.

The problem is not that movies suck today

The problem is not that movies suck today but that the movie critics are the biggest morons that ever lived. At least before we had people with taste and sensibility. Nowadays, every critic is a clown on display to show us the latest tricks for us. They obviously have no taste in good movies and thats why so many crappy movies win oscars and rake in $500 million by its second week in the box office. People need something to talk about. Sometimes its politics, sometimes economy, sometimes global warming, or tennis lessons or kids or SOMETIMES, they talk about television and movies. And in 2008, the story of the year was a black president. Woo-hoo , yea we made progress, thats going to solve all the racial problems right? Its going to erase 300 years of slavery, right? Its going to equal things out now, right? Anyway in 2009, on everyone’s lips it was Avatar. Jim Cameron’s EPIC, long awaited return to cinema. Wow. Coloooorsssss.. Weeeeeeeeee. Give me a god damn break, for fucks sake. It was a cartoon! People spent $3 BILLION to see a fucking CARTOON masquerading as a big wondrous spectacle. The next wave of movies they said! Kiss my white ass you fuckers, you creeps, you nimrod’s. Avatar sucked dick. And the critics loved it and showered it with praise and people were too scared to go the other way because it was NEW and SHINY and would feel embarrassed to say no. Well… it’s alright to say no sometimes.

EDIT: You must also understand that the powers that run this country (and the world) are manipulating the masses through media, and that’s another reason why the quality of films is so poor the last decade. Its because the powerful men who run our nation are dumbing us down by feeding us the crappiest movies ever made.

The Quiet Earth

I wonder what America will look like when the apocalypse comes and the world ends. Will it be like that movie “The Quiet Earth”. The one from New Zealand from the 80s. A man wakes up, realizes he’s all alone in the world. Literally. Eats himself crazy for months. Finally breaks down, looks for someone else alive. Somehow comes across a (gorgeous) young woman, early-20s. She and he become partners. They kiss and love, but don’t make love. She won’t give it to him. Anyway, he realizes that the scientific corporation he works for accidently botched a secret experiment that wiped out the whole world, except for one kind of person: The one who died at the exact moment the world ended – they got a taste of death and then came back. The man tried to off himself in that moment. The woman was electrocuted by mistake. Then the couple meet another man, a brash, angry, impulsive man. He was being drowned at the moment the world ended. Anyway, they are the survivors. The young woman obviously cares for the main character, but decides to sleep with the imbecile instead. Probably because women love being made love to. And regular guys can’t make love to a woman without her effort involved. A cool guy like Steve McQueen could probably pleasure a woman with her lying dead on a table. His lovemaking would literally revive her. But anyway, the movie was fascinating. Check it out.