The Fabulous Destiny Of Amelie Poulain

At least that’s the literal translation of this French movie’s title. In English, it is better known as just “Amelie”.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say about it, as the movie is not only self-explanatory, but so charming and ingenious that nothing I could say would do it justice. The story is inspiring, the cinematography spectacular, and the message to love (oneself as well as the others) is beautifully transmitted.

If you’ve seen it – go watch it again; and if you haven’t – then by golly, what are you waiting for?

Let these images remind you or tickle your curiosity to get you started. Have a beautiful day, embrace your quirkiness, and don’t forget to enjoy the simple things in life.

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Don’t judge a movie by its title (or trailer)!

Up until a few nights ago I detested “Shakespeare In Love”, which wouldn’t be so strange if I had formed this opinion upon actually seeing the film!

For some reason, I hated the movie the second I heard it existed. The title alone made me break out in hives. I’d switch the channel every time it was on, refusing to even acknowledge that it was part of the programme. I rolled my eyes at people when they included it in their favourite movies list, questioning their credibility and their taste; And yet, the only time I’d seen clips of “Shakespeare In Love” was during the 1999 Academy Awards. Prior to that there was another Oscar winner that always riled me up, but at least I had seen “The English Patient” before deciding that it was a total and utter crap.

Before, this image would make me want to puke. Now, it makes me go “Awww”, and want to watch the movie again.

So, don’t ask me how this happened, but a couple of nights ago when SIL came on I didn’t rush to grab the remote. Whether it was divine intervention, or just plain laziness that stayed my hand is totally irrelevant at this point. What matters is that here I am now, gladly eating all my words, and discarding my narrow-mindedness as I admit that I am undeniably and irrevocably in love with this grand film. It wasn’t just the torrid love affair that pierced my heart, but all the clever allusions to contemporary screenplays as well as  Shakespeare’s other plays. Okay, there were a couple of cheesy scenes (all involved the queen), but overall the movie got under my skinny very quickly, planting its roots deep.

Love has, once again, opened my heart, my eyes, and my entire being. I can only hope that lessons will stick as long as my new-found love for “Shakespeare In Love” – forever.

 

Fear is the mind killer

If I ever decided to tattoo a quote on myself, this would be it. Fear is the mind killer. This amazing phrase was coined by Frank Herbert, and brought to life by Kyle MacLachlan in Dune. Like any other David Lynch movie, this one blows your mind in several different ways, which is why, to this day, I am an absolute fan of both film and the books.

Here’s the quote in its entirety. I’m seriously considering plastering it on my bedroom wall, so it’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning. What do you think about it? Is it wisdom or rubbish to you?

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“Eddie: Can I ask you something? Do you know where Harvard is?
A.J.: It’s near Boston.
Eddie: No I mean, do you really know where Harvard is? It’s another planet man- another universe. Totally unlike the one we know. Filled with big blond guys who eat ivy and row boats. What I’m trying to say is, you and Corey just aren’t made for each other. She’s different from you.”

Empire Records

Empire Records – It’s an entirely different world

Today I had a job interview; the second round to be exact. It was for an assistant position at a huge international company with renowned reputation in these parts. I left the first interview last week feeling pretty darn good about myself. After a long time, I had the opportunity to review all my achievements, all the jobs I’ve worked at in past 15 years. This afternoon however, when I came home tears spilled from my eyes. It’s not that I was dissatisfied with how the conversation went, it’s that my life got dissected on a whole different level – at least from my perspective.

My potential employers, two of them, focused a lot on the role that art has in my life. After all, I am a Film Studies graduate who, until a few years ago when I took a job at a construction company, worked in the field of art. I realize that they were just trying to understand where I wanted to go in my career, the problem was that I couldn’t tell them. Of course I replied all the usual, rehearsed crap, but I’m not sure whether they were convinced that I have decided to put art behind me to walk the corporate steps. In fact, neither am I.

My introspection continued into the evening, when I settled myself to watch an old time favourite of mine “Empire Records”. This movie, featuring very young Rene Zellweger and Liv Tyler, is about a half dozen teens who work at an independent record store. Their personal stories get intertwined with their attempt to save the store from being acquired by a huge, national wide record company chain. At their current jobs their manager (played by Anthony Lapglia) is like a cool dad who looks out for them, lets them play whatever music they want, allows them to dress however they want, and express themselves in any creative way possible. Of course, when The Man (aka the big chain) buys them, not only will they not do any of that stuff, but they won’t even be there to rebel against it. Basically, it is a movie about teenage angst, rebellion, creativity, love, and most of all just another movie in the line that stresses the importance of being true to yourself.

So, as I was laying in my bed, desperate to fall asleep, I was trying to decide what would be better for me: getting the job, or not. I was thinking that I wanted the job because

a) I (we) need the money

b) I feel the need to actually get out of the house and go to work

c) I craaaaave the stability that financial security brings with it

On the other hand, I was starting to be afraid what I would be signing up for by coming aboard such a large company – and an assistant at that, too. Would I lose myself completely? Would I officially be a failure in my own eyes for not having succeeded in the alternative lifestyle? Would this be just another coat of cement burying down my creativity; my soul? And that’s when it hit me: all this turmoil stems from fear.

Fear.

That stupid, annoying feeling that creeps up on us eager to spoil all positive feelings. I was not only afraid that I would get the job, but I was frightened that I wouldn’t. I was stressing about how the interview went because I was afraid for our future finances, scared even of having to go through these experiences many times again before I found a job.

As soon as I defined that it was fear making me cry, fear spreading doubt and making me feel anxious, I knew that I had to stop debating myself. The decision is out of my hands now, and worrying about it will only make me miserable. Instead, I should be grateful for the experience, and just continue on my way of simply enjoying every second of life.

If I’ve learned anything from Empire Records, it’s that you have to find yourself to be truly happy; to trust yourself as you fearlessly walk through life. And I have found myself. The only thing I know for certain is that I want to be happy; that I am happy. Period.

Fear is the mind killer – but that’s from an entirely different movie.

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