' ' Cinema Romantico: In Honor

Monday, January 30, 2006

In Honor

It has arrived - the one year anniversary of the most transcendent cinematic experience of my life. I thought to commemorate this occassion I would give you a brief essay regarding this exceedingly brilliant film. However, when it comes to this film I am no way able to be succinct. Passionate, yes, but not succinct. And so instead I will use the words of the most gorgeous movie soliloquy in years as recited by the film's massively heroic main character. They are words that resonate with me deeply, and even more so on this the most horrendous of mornings. They wrap themselves around me and refuse to let go. I love this movie more than anyone will ever know. Once again, thanks to Hilary, Clint and Morgan for doing what they did. (By the way, if you haven't seen this movie, would you stop slowly killing me and just rent it???)

"I'm 32, Mr. Dunn, and I'm here celebrating the fact that I spent another year scraping dishes and waitressing which is what I've been doing since 13, and according to you I'll be 37 before I can even throw a decent punch. Which, I have to admit, after working on this speed bag for a month may be the God's simple truth. Other truth is, my brother's in prison, my sister cheats on welfare by pretending one of her babies is still alive, my daddy's dead, and my mom weighs 312 pounds. If I was thinking straight I'd go back home, find a used trailer, buy a deep fryer and some oreos. Problem is, this is the only thing I ever felt good doing. If I'm too old for this then I got nothing. "

- Maggie Fitzgerald, "Million Dollar Baby"

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