After reading Woody Allen's NYT piece on how the inspiration for the title "Midnight in Paris" came from a friend's idea for a different sort of film (still along the lines of artistic/historical fantasy), I got to thinking what phrases, out of Woody's film, could then be spun off into completely new films.
  1. "Belmonte, Who Is Truly Brave"
    In the film, it's a compliment to bullfighter Juan Belmonte. I'd like to see Oscar Isaac as Miguel Belmonte, a modern day Terry Malloy in a reinterpretation of "On the Waterfront." A modest man, who fate calls upon to stand up to the local power. Think they can reuse Leonard Bernstein's score?
  2. "Allez"
    Said by the French revelers who welcome Pender into their car for a trip back in time. As a title, it doesn't sound much different - some sort of epicurean French odyssey. Baz Luhrmann? Wes Anderson? I'll set $10 aside right now.
  3. "The Rhinoceros"
    In the film, Dali says about the rhinoceros, "the rhinoceros makes love by mounting the female, but is there a difference in the beauty between two rhinoceroses?" I don't know what that means, but can we please give Spike Jonze $100 million, ask him to interpret that into a film the way he did "Where the Wild Things Are," and see what he comes up with?
  4. "We Know He Is A Lonely Man"
    Said in the film about Toulouse-Lautrec, instead I'd like to see this as a title to a farce. Maybe a man, whose few close friends think he is going through a low period, is actually carrying on affairs with two different women. He's concocted separate personas for each relationship, and it all comes to a head when all three parties try and surprise him on his birthday.
  5. "It's Always the Maid"
    Maid thieves. I'm in.
  6. Films that have already been done:
    "The Pill of the Future" (Limitless) and "The Pedantic Fellow" (Barton Fink).