A to Z Blogging Challenge: Movie Memories
Blogging about the movies that made an impact on my life
When I graduated from high school in 1975, I dreamed of going to film school in L.A. I wanted to be the next Spielberg. Alas, that never happened. God had other plans for me. And who am I to argue with God?
Nevertheless, when I saw The Big Picture (1989), I was immediately taken with the premise of a young film student who wins an award and begins "swimming with sharks" in Hollywood.
After Nick (Kevin Bacon) wins the award, he becomes a hot comodity and studios are courting him to do a movie. Nick eventually signs with Allen Habel (J. T. Walsh).
The story for Nick's film was a dramatic love triangle among 40-something characters, filmed in black and white and set in an old house during the winter. But the Hollywood movers and shakers turned it into a summer sex comedy with babes in bikinis, frat boys getting drunk and wall to wall pop music.
Nick butted heads with the studio, but his ideas were dismissed one by one. Although he enjoyed the perks (nice car, great house, fame and fortune) he had become a cog in the Hollywood, money-making machine. He was miserable.
Eventually, Nick loses everything. His movie, his girl, his best friend. He learns his lesson, but it all changes with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Hilarious scenes with Martin Short as Neil, Nick's agent.
NEIL: I don't know you. I don't know your work. But I think you are a genius. And I am never wrong about that.