Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Failure (according to the movies)

Cinematographically speaking, there are four ways of looking at failure in the eye.

The first is in lament. [Terry Malloy]: “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.” (Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront, 1954).

The second, is in denial. [Erin Brockovich]: “I don’t know what happened to me. I mean, God! I was Miss Wichita.” (Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich, 2000).

The third, and probably most honest one, is in disbelief. [Cameron]: “What'd I do?" [Ferris]: "You killed the car.” (Matthew Broderick & Alan Ruck, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986).

The fourth and final one, is in retrospect. [Chuck Barris]: "I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator." (Sam Rockwell, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2002).

What people failed to tell other people at their Commencement Address: Eventually, you'll end up fucking up your life. Nevertheless, you'll still want that refrigerator.-

2 comments:

Rol said...

dude muy bueno!

hence why we fight so hard not to belong to the brain blowing club

Rol said...

dude muy bueno!

hence why we fight so hard not to belong to the brain blowing club

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