Michael Cleland


Michael Cleland

Movies to live your life by


“Save Ferris”

There are some truly classic lines in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Myself and my friend Steve watched this over 20 times when I was a kid. We watched a “PG friendly” version that was on Channel 10. We knew when every commercial break was.

Lines like “Cameron’s ass is so tight, that if you stuck a piece of coal up it, it’d come out a diamond” were cut from this TV version.

Then, one day, I saw it at the Moonlight Cinemas – “complete and uncut” and it was so refreshing. All these scenes that I’d forgotten about.

I remember thinking how so subconsciously I’ve tried to model my life, my character, around Ferris Bueller. Heck, my handle on the internet – and pre-internet – was Ferris Bueller.

I’m now a big fan of Matthew Broderick and adored The Producers. I desperately wanted to see him and Nathan Lane perform it in New York. I got to New York, and saw it on the day that they announced that Matthew and Nathan were to return to their roles in 6 weeks time …

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” such a classic and poignant line.

And for a French film? Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie PoulainAmelie. I first saw this after quite a few drinks – I actually find that having a few drinks, as an “adult” can heighten the sensation of a movie, as it dulls the senses to the reality of the real world.

Amelie is a dreamer. “Times are hard for dreamers.” But who wouldn’t want to live in a Parisian fantasy wonderland with a dreamy friend like Amelie? Her life is so gorgeous, it almost makes me cry. And if you truly love this film, there is nothing quite like sitting in the Café des Deux Moulins, 15 rue Lepic, Montmartre and having a red wine and wishing and hoping that Amelie and her life were real …

Ah, the romanticism of movies …

As Ferris would say. “It’s over. The blog is over. Go home! Go! [chicka-chicka ….]”

Author: Michael Cleland

Michael is a passionate web geek who is sure that most problems can be solved with a big bowl of ice cream. A believer in social good and fan of great, useful content, Michael is an advocate for web accessibility, usability and mobile web based on open standards. You can find Michael on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. You can read more on Michael in the About page.

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