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Thursday, December 08, 2005


...for me there are so many images that cinema has burned into my head that I could probably never even count them. They are almost random, but somehow play a part of my life. The power of film is not only in the telling of the story, the production values, the music, the camera work, the acting -- it is also in the feeling that is that left behind.

A bit out of focus, perhaps. But the images are there -- seared into my being. And, I mean this in a very positive way. These are but a few films that have stayed with me.

There are so many more, but when this thought crossed my mind these were the first that surfaced. ...but there are so many others -- the wicked witch trying to touch Dorothy's ruby slippers, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton sitting on a park bench in Gordon Willis black and white, Martin Sheen rising from the mud, Barbra Streisand biting Kris Kristofferson's lip in a moment mixed of passion, love and absolute anger, Holly Woodland desperately clinging to a bottle, Ann-Margret whipping Roger Daltrey with her beyond belief red hair, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!", Patty Duke lip syncing her heart out, Marlon Brando fighting against the insanity of Vivian Leigh's sadness, Brad Davis leaning seductively against a post, Diane Keaton taking her final gasps of breath as the strobe light blinks, Christina Ricci dancing in a spotlight of blue in a bowling alley, Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern watching a girl die in the darkness of the dessert, PJ Soles and Bill Murray on a stove top, Albert Brooks dying as Goldie Hawn giveas him head in her bridal gown, Warren Beatty blow drying hair, Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange on the kitchen table, Jeff Bridges running from the cave while trying to zip up his fly, River Phoenix confessing his love to a wooden Keanu Reeves, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton screaming as Sandy Dennis squirms, Juliette Lewis screaming like a banshee in a bloodied roadside dinner, Jennifer Jason-Leigh breaking your heart as she tries to outsing her sister, Judd Nelson ridiculing a perfect the prom queen, Karen Black taking control of the airplane, Lily Tomlin's awakening as a Keith Carradine sings that he's easy, Glenn Close brooding as she turns the lamp on and off, Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke stealing corn, Shelley Duvall singing "He's Large" --- the list could go on and on.

...it's all rather magical. ...the cinema.


Blogger g8s said...

Sometimes I wish you lived in New York; I think it'd be a lot of fun to go to the movies with you.

6:45 AM  
Blogger matty said...

g8s -- I often wish I lived in NYC! I just decided that California might offer me a healthier lifestyle. And, I had grown so weary of the cold winters. But, I am going to get back up north for a visit at some point and must meet you and Miss Marisol -- and see my pal, Jon!

7:20 AM  
Blogger thomas said...

I have always imagined that it would be amazing to go to a film with you. I have promised myself that I will do that in the next year not mater what.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Yeah, you know so much about the cinema, it would be a very educational trip to go with you!! But, I'm always a bit intimidated by people that know way more about a subject than I do, so I might have to revise a bit before we went out!!

5:14 PM  
Blogger matty said...

You guys are too funny. Going to the movies with me is no great shakes. Just ask Milford.

I always end up getting the large popcorn (no butter or "flavored topping") and a large Diet Coke. ...I end up eating only a bit of the popcorn and about half of the soda. The thing is I can't stand the idea that for 50 cents more I can everything double the size. That drives me crazy.

...It's bad because there are children in Africa who hardly ever get popcorn with their movies.

8:18 PM  
Blogger digitic said...

OMG ... the guy is a walking encyclopedia!

I mean the amount of knowledge -- not to mention knowing every obscure film artiste and every movie made since 1939 -- is amazing.

The guy just won't shut up!

(We get thrown out of theaters all the time)

But, seriously, seeing a movie with Matt is a real treat.

He's a gem!

9:15 PM  

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