Candy

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(Hands down, one of my favorite movie lines of all time)

I’ve fallen in love with Heath Ledger all over again…

I recently watched the 2006 Australian romantic drama, Candy, for the first time (starring the dream that is Heath + Abbie Cornish). If you haven’t seen it, it’s a harrowing tale of love, addiction and self-destruction/co-dependency.

I don’t know why, but I’m always drawn to stories like that–they break my heart in all the right places. They also awaken audiences to the stark reality of how addiction can destroy not only ambition and stability in one’s life, but also what’s perhaps most beautiful: love.

It’s hard to watch, precisely because of how talented Heath Ledger was. Abbie is great in it too, but something about the authenticity of Heath’s performance, particularly given his personal afflictions and way-too-soon departure from this Earth, felt reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr. in Less Than Zero (another film that will always have my heart). You don’t want to watch the dark moments, but also can’t look away because they’re just so real.

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Osho Inspiration

Man, I love me some Osho. In fact, we make reference to Osho in a meditation scene in my film, “Quarter Life Coach”.

I was thumbing through the book we used in the movie today, and came across a page that I found so fitting for this moment in my life.

In your twenties, sometimes it feels like life is all about finding “success” and “making it”.

What I’ve discovered, however, is that life is truly about learning to enjoy the process, not about getting to some specific “perfect” destination in life.

Here’s what Osho has to say about it:

“To have approval and be recognized is everybody’s need. Our whole life’s structure is such that we are taught that unless there is recognition, we are nobody, we are worthless. Our work is not important, but the recognition. And this is putting things upside down.

Our work should be important a joy in itself. You should work, not to be recognized, but because you enjoy being creative. You love the work for its own sake. You work if you love it.

Don’t ask for recognition. If it comes, take it easily. If it does not come, do not think about it. Your fulfillment should be in the work itself.

And if everybody learns this simple art of loving his work, whatever it is, enjoying it without asking for any recognition, we would have a more beautiful and celebrating world; otherwise, the world has trapped you in a miserable pattern. What you are doing is not good because you love it, because you do it perfectly, but because the world recognizes it, rewards it, gives you medals, Nobel prizes.

They have taken away the whole intrinsic value of creativity, and destroyed millions of people because you cannot give millions of people Nobel prizes. And you have created the desire for recognition in everybody, so nobody can work peacefully, silently, enjoying whatever he is doing. And life consists of small things. For those small things there are not rewards, not titles given by the governments, not honorary degrees given by the universities.

Any man who has any sense of his individuality, lives by his own love, by his own work, without caring at all what others think of it.”

Much Love,

Nicole

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Paolo Sorrentino

My newest filmmaker work-crush is Paolo Sorrentino. I’m revisiting his projects, The Great Beauty & Youth, both of which I adore.

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No idea how I did not discover Fandor sooner in life–it is decidedly my favorite place on the internet. The Great Beauty is available for streaming there right now. If nothing else, just the first 12 minutes of that film are utterly breathtaking in my opinion–so original, visually captivating & atmospheric.

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Reading the script of Youth to try to understand how he is able to create the moments he creates in that film at the script-level.

Adding another layer to my current project this week…trying to get the minutiae just right. It’s not an exact science, but exploring the work of filmmakers I love helps my own process tremendously.

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Night on Earth

Love this scene from Night on Earth between Winona Ryder + Gena Rowlands.

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“I’m real particular, you know…and I’m also patient enough…I mean, at least I hope I am. Cause, you know, I don’t know, maybe you gotta wait a while, you know. Cause like, maybe it’s not so easy to like find the exact right guy, you know, like the one guy, you know.”

“…another mechanic maybe.”

“Hell, I don’t care what he does…as long as he loves me right…with his soul. You know, takes me for who I am.”

“…I know what you mean.”

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