Number 26 “Midnight In Paris”/”Vicky Christina Barcelona” #ChrisTop30Films

Ok let’s get one thing straight. Woody Allen is a goddamn genius.  The mo fo can flat out tell an awesome story with amazingly real and compelling characters.  He’s also incredibly creative and clever.  I haven’t even seen all of his films but whenever I find a new one I secretly hope it won’t be any good but it always is.

I picked these two movies together because I loved them both for similar reasons.  They both enlightened me to other ways of life and reminded me why I loved traveling to Paris and Barcelona so much.  I wish my trips we’re half as cool as these films.

I’ve always been a big fan of “The Roaring Twenties” excess, greed, and partying but “Midnight In Paris” so illuminated that time period and showed that is wasn’t just excess of consumption but also inspiration. Paris in the twenties saw so many amazing talented and legendary artists basically just hang out and discuss their craft. Writers, painters, muses, all under the same light of the Eiffel Tower.  Just thinking about it makes me want to go right now while reading Hemingway/Fitzgerald, listening to Cole Porter,  and admiring Dali/Matisse/Picasso.

It also deeply inspired my writing.  “No subject is terrible if the story is true and if the prose is clean and honest.” – Hemingway after meeting Gil.  After seeing his brilliant imagining of Hemingway I read “A Moveable Feast”.  It filled in a lot of the details missing from the exact exploits of this cast.

Then to contrast “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is basically a film about the sexiest sex you could ever sex with the sexiest man and the two sexiest women on the planet.  Just when you think Woody Allen can only do comedies he pumps out the sexiest movie of his or anyone’s  time.  And then just for funzies he throws Penelope Cruz into the mix.  Because Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall simply weren’t hot enough.

These movies display such a writing and storytelling talent it’s sickening.   It really goes to show you that a good writer can inspire through any genre, time period, or style.

I love both of these films because they didn’t just give me answers they created more questions in my mind.  Like “How did so many brilliant people end up in one spot at one time?”, “Where are all the brilliant people hanging out now?”, “How do I get there?”, “Is life about commitment and trust or is it about following your heart and throbbing biological urges?”

These films so thoroughly entertained and inspired me I hope to have a regular sabbatical in a new country every year so I can take in the culture and summon forth a story of the land.  To be inspired by the beauty of their ways and show the world just how wonderful it is.

Then to top it off Woody Allen didn’t even show up when he won the Oscar for best original screenplay which, like Meryl Streep, they could and should give to him every year.

And if you think those movies are sexy wait till you see the crowd at my SCREENPLAY READING is at The Annoyance Theater 851 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL on Sunday Aug 9, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.  Everyone will be propositioned for a threesome by a mysterious spanish and baritone voiced stranger.  Now this I gotta see!

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