Sunday Movie Night: Say Anything…

Holy hell, it’s Sunday again and I have to hop on a plane in a few hours. When I am not jet-setting around the globe for work and it happens to be a Sunday night, I try (poorly) to sit my ass down and watch a damn movie.
Technically it is now Sunday morning, so I’m getting my gearbag together and watching the 80’s classic, Say Anything…

Here’s why:

1. This guy:

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2. This girl:

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3. Sometimes I pretend that I am Lloyd Dobler. Not really a huge fan of Cameron Crowe flicks and love stories but, again, this film is a classic. Here’s a few words of wisdom via Lloyd:

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”

“She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

“I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you’re here at like the Gas ‘n’ Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?”

“One question: are you here ’cause you need someone, or ’cause you need me?… Forget it, I don’t care.”

“I’m the distraction that’s going with her to England, sir.”

“Maybe I didn’t really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage. Maybe the world is full of food and sex and spectacle and we’re all just hurling towards an apocalypse, in which case it’s not your fault. I’m been thinking about all these things and… you’re probably standing there monitoring. And one more thing – about the letter. Nuke it. Flame it. Destroy it. – It hurts me to know it’s out there. Later.”

“Okay, how ya doing? I’m Lloyd, and we’re gonna watch the movie “Cocoon.” I’ve never actually seen it, but I heard it’s very good, it makes you happy, that’s a good thing. It’s about a group of older people who go to outer space… hope I didn’t give anything away there.”

4. Plot twist: Was hanging out with one of those crazy folks at Imperial Mojo today. I mentioned that I was feeling a bit ‘writer’s blocky’ lately, so the suggestion was that we do some odd writing exercise. Pick ten verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Scramble them all in a blender or something, pick four from each category, and just write. You only have five minutes. K. I guess the idea is to use stream of consciousness as just a way to get the writer in you a little less constipated. So I ended up just basically describing the plot to Say Anything… [blenderized words are italicized] Here’s how that went:

(mild spoiler alert)…

Say Anything… was a film starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. What starts as a lackluster and faux relationship becomes much more. Lloyd approaches her front door his attitude changes. To one up his rival, he plays a song on a boombox on her lawn. They kiss and tangle and organic becomes transcendental. The egomaniacal father is purged and goes to jail. Like on an elevator, they rise up into the clouds and move to England. Ding. The end.

Cool. Now I have a half-assed movie review.

Beyond that, this film is really really good IMO. Particularly the dialogue. I’m watching it now and yeah, the soundtrack is amaze-balls. Besides Lloyd, more great lines from the film:

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In lieu of completely spoiling the ending, which is just perfect and cute and funny, think I’ll close with the ‘alternate’ ending, summed up in ten words…

“Blink twice if you are fine.”
“Wait for the ding.”

Happy Sunday. 🙂

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