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Monday Movie Marathon: So Quotable - Part II.

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.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!

Monday Movie Marathon: So Quotable - Part I.

This week's movie marathon features the kind of films you wish you could take credit for. They are so well written and so clever, how could it have not come from that fabulous brain of yours?! Notice the "Part I" section of the title. Clearly I have some resentment issues. Or just really big shoes to fill (at least I already wear size 9).

1.TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Howard Hawks, 1944): I grew up watching the classics. My mum always surprised that her 10-year-old could sit through a black & white film, with no explosions and no special effects. But I love them; and I love this one in particular. The chemistry between Bogart and Bacall is magical. I may have practiced the "look up without moving your head" move once or twice...or twenty.

2. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (James L. Brooks, 1983): I'm not sure I can convey exactly how much I love this movie. It makes me laugh and cry and all the cheesy things girls do while watching a movie. It's quirky and humble and heartbreaking. It's one of those films you are happy to introduce to someone; speaking of which, I have a date to finish it with someone special who is now far away...

3. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (Rob Reiner, 1989): Whether it's the old couple interviews, or the public orgasm scene, you won't forget this movie after you've seen it. Not only does it make you think about our relationships with the opposite sex, or reflect on the people who are in your life, but when was the last time you saw Billy Crystal with a full-head of hair?

4. PULP FICTION (Quentin Tarantino, 1994): I did it. I know it. But come on, how quotable is this movie? As a big Tarantino fan, I was trying to think of which movie to write about. A close second was "True Romance"; check it out if you have the chance. Other than that, seems I don't have much to say. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?


That's it for this week's Monday Movie Marathon. Stay tuned for Part II of my resentment-filled list. Until then, I'll try to think happy thoughts.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!