Saturday, December 12, 2009

American Beauty: A Real Beauty...

Another week passes by!! So much happened this week but I will write about it soon!! But I am becoming more and more obsessed with films.. I don't know is it a good thing or bad thing? but the thing is the people I know have some passion!! Like my friend R is so passionate about cars that one can ask him anything literally anything about any car! or P whose passion in life is dance! or Y who can create the most amazing things!! But sadly I don't know what my passion is! I want to do everything.. I love films and to talk about them but even in movies my knowledge is very limited.. I hardly know anything :-( I haven't watched Mughal-E-Azam completely yet!!!! OK I will crib in another post!

Today I watched American Beauty! I had wanted to see this film like for ages! It is such a wonderful movie that I wonder why don't we ever make films like these here.. But yeah I can understand, not many would like to watch!

The film's tag line is Look Closer! There are many beautiful things in the world but we just have to look closer! There is this awe inspiring scene where you know you have seen a poly bag how it flies in the air when it is windy? They show that scene and it is so beautiful! I am writing some of my favourite lines and scenes for so that I do not forget..I keep forgetting about the scenes :(

The Bag Scene:

It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in

Never underestimate the power of denial

The death of Lester:

I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.

There was this smile on his face when he died! So content!

The Dead Bird:

Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it's beautiful.
I don't think that there's anything worse than being ordinary.

There are so many more scenes that it just made me think more and more! The dysfunctional families where each felt trapped!

Burnham Family: Lester in the marriage! His wife in her unsuccessful business! Daughter who looks ugly!

Fitts: Colonel who hides his sexuality, mother who forgets everything, and Rick a drug addict!

Angela who knows that she is an ordinary beautiful girl and tries to be cool by her explicit talks!

This was Sam Mendes first film and won 5 Oscars! I loved his Revolutionary Road, again about a dysfunctional family!
Both are just amazing! Watch them!

1 comment:

  1. i love this movie so much! "rick" is actually named Ricky.


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