If I was ignoring your texts and Facebook messages last Sunday, it was because I was too engrossed in the blabbering of Woody Allen’s famous characters. “Annie Hall” is a movie that has been in my “to watch” list but I never got to having it crossed out. I can’t remember what prompted me to finally watch the film, maybe I was having another la-dee-da moment, but I watched the film for about three times that whole afternoon.
Every time Alvy Singer says something mundane but insightful, my brain implodes. My brain was basically entering a new dimension all through out the film. I’m used to watching a movie that is so spontaneous, so natural, dialogue driven and quick witted. I loved Richard Linklater. I even loved Kevin Smith. Those three film makers are within an area where my brain capacity can easily traverse in. Woody Allen is the same but different. He could make you listen to the seemingly prosaic lines and wonder what he was actually trying to say. I watched a few Woody Allen films before this, his later works mostly, but Annie Hall struck a chord in my romance worshiping heart.
“It reminds me of that old joke- you know, a guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, hey doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken. Then the doc says, why don’t you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”
Realizing the meaning of this line is probably going to end up as one of the proudest moment of my life. Alvy Singer’s jokes were not the “haha” kind of jokes but they’re the ones that will make you say “ahh” and then nod like an idiot.
As one of the many people who could memorize all the lines and every shot in 500 Days of Summer, there is indeed a great deal of similarities among the two films. However, they’re the kind that Kevin Smith would do to a Richard Linklater.
Wait. I think I remember why I was watching Annie Hall. It was because the above quote that was retold by Tina Fey in her book “Bossypants”.
I was reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants because of the 65 Books You Have to Read in your 20’s list from Buzzfeed. A friend has tagged me on Facebook asking me how many books in the list I have already read, I shamefully answered “3” and went on to begrudgingly download five books.
Reading a book is my number one time killer in the office. I was reading page 10 and then page 165 cruised on without my notice. Bossypants is a fun read and very empowering too. Women could be funny. Women could be the boss. And women could stir the men dominated dirty dimension that is politics.
I could go on and on about the books I have read and the movies I have watched for the past three days but what I was really getting into is that I have learned that art creates a ripple effect. Richard Linklater acknowledgment in a Kevin Smith film. Annie Hall shots in 300 Days of Summer. Woody Allen quote is in a Tina Fey book. One’s work could affect another’s work, in most times so profound that although it could not reach the same level of it’s inspiration’s greatness, it could stand as a remarkable work of art on its own.
I need to participate in this wonderful ripple.
My boss and I had this conversation earlier during smoke break:
Boss: “It must be hard writing a movie.”
Me: “Yes, because you are not writing the words but the actions too.”
We went on to discuss forgotten Filipino films from the 70’s. I don’t know why we ended up with that conversation. What I know is I wanted to talk about movies all the time. Well,maybe I’ll start with that.
And by the way, if you were patient enough to get to the page with the Buzzfeed list and to this paragraph, and if you want to know what books have I read on that list, it’s “The Sandman”, “On The Road” and “Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World”.