14 November 2003

Passing over such obvious choices as Chungking Express, Blue Velvet, and High Fidelity, I'd say that there are only two films that I can call truly life-altering: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Say Anything. 2001 was the movie that really launched me into cinema at the age of eleven; it bored me to death at ten, but at eleven, it was suddenly the greatest movie ever made (even if I still didn't know how to spell "Odyssey"). As for Say Anything, one line of dialogue says it all: "What I really want to do with my life...what I want to do for a living...is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it." How has this line changed my life? Well, it hasn't, at least not yet. But someday it will, as soon as I awake from this living doze I'm in.

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