As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, screenwriting is a little hobby of mine, so I’m really into movies. The Academy Awards have always been a huge event for me and it’s my dream to win an Oscar. When I lived in California, I’d get up at 5:30am on the morning the nominations were announced so I could watch the names read off live.
I might not be so intense about it all now (The Girl Who Will Be My Oscar Date had to remind me yesterday that it was Oscar Nominations morning), but I still turn Oscar Night into a mini-event at The House on the Hill (formal toga required, of course!) and still plan to take home a little gold statue one of these days.
In honor of the Nominations being announced, I’ve decided to give this week’s Think Tank a cinematic theme. So, feel free to sit in a director’s chair and munch on some popcorn as you ponder this one…
This week’s topic: What’s your go to movie when you need to pick up your spirits or escape to a better place?
This is a very difficult one for the guy with the Film degree to answer. I have so many “favorite” movies. The Usual Suspects is always up there, as is Out of Sight.
Beautiful Girls has a very special place in my heart, but that’s a movie I’ll only watch with The Girl Who Rests Her Head On My Shoulder.
When I need to laugh or reminisce about the good old days, when I need a little inspiration to write, or when I need to feel a little money, there’s only one flick for me…
Swingers is the big winner in the casino tonight! Absolutely love this movie. Jon Favreau wrote a kick ass script about his friends and let them play the parts. This is the flick that put Vince Vaughn on the path to stardom (and apparently the path to a much higher BMI) and introduced us to phrases like “You’re so money” and “Vegas, baby, Vegas!”. It taught me when to double down in blackjack, the true power of Sega Genesis Hockey, and that I needed to learn to dance if I ever wanted to meet a really cool girl.
Most importantly, this movie taught me how powerful a well-written screenplay really is.
So what about you, Modern Philosophers? What’s your go to flick? Maybe we need to start a Modern Philosopher Film Fest…
As always, there are no wrong answers. Looking forward to reading your Deep Thoughts on a subject near and dear to my film loving heart.