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Chopper Read (by way of Eric Bana)
Researching Castro this week made me realize the awesomeness of this.
I’ve learnt three things this week from films. Well, sort of. One is a trailer, which I saw a while ago. The other is a movie, which I saw ages ago, when it came out actually. But I watched it again this week and I was like, ‘wow, in conjunction with these other lessons, this line is far more relevant to my current situation.’ Well, I didn’t think it like that, because that would be a douche way to think, but it was kinda similar. The other one was from a film I saw this week, and is actually really depressing, but also enlightening and freedom-making…um, what? Shut up, I’m tired.
The trailer was Whip It, the old movie was The Wrong Man, or the Lucky Number Slevin, depending on where you’re from. The new movie was Funny People which I highly recommend you go and see.
See, they all look kinda depressed. But it’s very, very funny. Bana looks ready to sob…poor Bana.
This might be a Spanish Poster, but at least it doesn’t give away important plot points like most of the posters.
The bit that got me from Whip It is actually the tagline, which is possibly the most commercial place to find inspiration, ever, beyond being given words of wisdom by a K-mart Greeter or a Hallmark Card.
The line, which the delectable and hilarious Kirsten Wiig, utters in the trailer, was ‘Be Your Own Hero.’ In conjunction with Funny People, which had a buttload (an epic buttload even) of stand up comedy in it, this has made me realise how responsible I am for the realisation of my own dreams. If I want to be a stand-up comic (and God, I do. ) I, ME has to make it happen. So I’ve been getting on that.
It was the same with Bruce Willis’s line from Lucky Number Slevin, ‘There’s more to life than just living.’ And yeah he says it after he’s just killed a guy and yeah it’s totally awesome. It made me realise that I can’t just coast through life, living day in, day out like I have been. I have to take control, take charge and make things happen. Thank you, Bruce Willis.
Funny People, the funniest depressing movie I’ve seen, maybe ever, had a different message to give. I won’t say who says it to who cos that would be ruining the movie slightly and that’s a dick move. And I’m not a fan of dick moves. But the line is ‘You’re never going to be happy in life, because you have to live with you and you’re an asshole.’ (ok, not the line, but still, pretty damn close.) I realise this, that I am unlikely to be completely content, because I’m me. I have to be around me, which all my many, many failings (many) and general shittiness as a person. But, if I recognise this, accept it and move forward, then maybe I can get a move on with those dreams of mine.
Put that on a Hallmark card, bitches.
That’s my Saturday Story.
See you in the funny pages, Campbell.
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