Daily Archives: March 11, 2012

Day 100: Casablanca

Casablanca w/ Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart

So it’s finally here. I’ve reached 100.  A milestone within this crazy project. I must say it has been a long and cultural cinematic blur. 100 movies in 100 days so far. I’m surprised I haven’t gauged my eyes, but it’s a thought that hasn’t been fully dismissed. There have been movies I’ve loved and absolutely loathed. It’s kind’ve like I formed this unexpected relationship with romantic films. If there’s one thing to note thus far in this journey, it’s that the themes of love don’t ever change. We often test these theories in several circumstances, hoping someway we can prove them wrong. But, that’s the thing about these films, they’re often the same formula and we love just the same. Scripts, budget and actors and whatever else make the difference in what makes a film great, but there are uncertain tangible expectations that often make love great. But unlike movies, we’ll never really know the ending. We often allow ourselves the opportunity to put aside reality when watching these films, but the fine lines of expectations are often scribbled over. We give ourselves too much credit for our foolishness.

So this love affair with this project – there are days where we’re incredibly compatible, depending on the status of the day, my mood, the mood of the film. Often times, I have no patience for it and condemning it for even existing. The late nights, always searching for time to make time.  Then I let my frustration subside and somehow appreciate the good it has brought into my life. The insight it has brought me has made me truly astounded by the many facets of love that are sometimes misrepresented. This project has made realize things I have refused to believe or acknowledged what I’ve always have.

I’ve never seen Casablanca until now. It seemed befitting considering it’s such a classic. It’s everything you thought and more. Romance in the most desolate of conditions. To chose love over the “right” thing. Bergman and Bogart are just striking characters. The ensemble duo makes the stereotypical flair of being mysterious absolutely effortless and makes us envious of such effortless cool. Bogart is the hunk of hunks. Cheers to him sweeping me off of my feet during wartime.

Thank you all for the support! I wouldn’t have made this far without you guys. Please continue to pass on any recommendations, it’s more than appreciated.

“Here’s looking to you, kid.”


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Day 99: Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Umbrellas of Cherbourg w/ Catherine Denevue

In keeping with my theme of love and song, I decided to watch Umbrellas of Cherbourg. My friend has repeatedly insisted that I watch this because it claims to be one of the most romantic films on the face of the Earth. Okay, I’m exaggerating but truthfully, it’s incredibly romantic. If life was lived through music, this would be it. It’s entirely  played with song, more than musical, almost an opera. It’s a tragic story of love lost and love found. I wanted to be completely in tune, so subtitles were off for me.

What’s remarkable about this film is that it allows the audience to want and yearn for Guy’s and Genevieve’s relationship. While we set up our expectations, we’re left with the truth that they are in fact married to someone else…and what’s worse, is that they’re happy. I’ll be damned if I said I didn’t expect a happy ending, but it was…just not the typical happy ending. What makes this film touch home is that that it allows to understand the complexities of life and what we choose to accept. Yes, we want Guy and  Genevieve together, but it’s not where their fate lies. So maybe that’s something we can tuck away in our pocket while we whisk ourselves away to Paris.

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