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Life Affirmation of the Day

Posted in Film, Of the Day, Woody Allen with tags , , , , , on 9 November, 2008 by Ally
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Woody Allen in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Woody Allen’s ensemble comedy-drama Hannah and Her Sisters includes a plot in which Mickey Sachs (Allen) believes he has a brain tumour. After being told by the doctors that he is in fact perfectly healthy, his initial elation is quickly replaced with an unshakeable fear of death. He briefly converts to Catholicism, much to the chagrin of his Jewish parents, but it proves useless because he is unable to believe in a God.

Later in the film, he tells Holly (Diane Wiest) the story of how he regained his joie de vivre. After a failed suicide attempt, he aimlessly wandered the streets, finally reaching a movie house. The film playing was the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup.

And I started to feel, how can you even think of killing yourself? I mean, isn’t it so stupid? I mean look at all the people up there on the screen, y’know, they’re real funny and… What if the worst is true? What if there’s no God, and you only go around once and that’s it? Well, y’know, don’t you want to be part of the experience? You know, what the hell, it’s not all a drag.

And it’s true, you know. It’s not all a drag.

Ideas, Reviuku and Updates

Posted in Nothing Really with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 23 September, 2008 by Ally

Firstly, a couple of reviuku (haiku reviews).

At the Circus
The great Marx Brothers
In a not-so-great movie
With sporadic mirth

Sullivan’s Travels
Preston Sturges says;
“Laughter, that’s all some folks have”
But then offers more

Secondly, another idea for a line in the screwball comedy I’ll never get around to making.

X: Haven’t I seen you someplace before?
Y: Maybe it was at the Natural History Museum…
X: That’s it! Were you a tour guide or an exhibit?

Thirdly, I’ve been writing a script with my friend Dan. He did most of the nitty-gritty actual work, I just injected some extra jokes. He submitted it to a Channel 4 talent comepetition, and it has been shortlisted as one of five pieces of comedy writing – one of twenty categories, so there’s one hundred entrants overall. The other four shortlisted comedy writers are published professionals, which is funnier in itself than anything anyone could ever have written.