Tag Archives: Movies

Ignored Talent – Read Between The Lines

Is the only role a Native American/American Indian actor can play is a Native American/American Indian?

How Do You Handle Truth?

Have you ever seen A Few Good Men? In the movie Tom Cruise’s character goes, “I want the truth.” Jack Nicholson’s character responds, “You can’t handle the truth!” What ever happened to Mr. Cruise? Blame Top Gun for me thinking that he was an okay actor. I digress. Sorry.

How many of us are that way? Hopefully not all the time, perhaps never, but how many of us are faced with reality, not some airbrushed way of seeing things, but the true colors of how things really are? We might know what the truth is but we just do not want someone else to tell us.

And if and when they do, what is your reaction?

Does truth equal fear or freedom?Β  Right now I am thinking of Fleetwood Mac’s Tell Me Lies

“In building Christian character, beware of two great enemies: the world and self!” from Grace and Truth Magazine πŸ™‚

At least one sex scene

“Sex simply wasn’t had. It was enjoyed, indulged in, abused and joked about, but it could not be had. It was not a thing but an idea. Nowadays it seems to exist as a commodity, something you might find in the cupboard, and people refer to it in ways that make it seem no more interesting than canned beans.”

“We had sex,” they say, with the same inflection they use when saying, “We had shad roe and asparagus.” In the golden past alluded to above, shad roe and asparagus were good, too, but sex was special. It was treated with more respect than one accorded hot dogs and beans with bacon grease, excellent though that dish was, too.” an excerpt from Sex Shouldn’t Be Had by Russell Baker

I am convince that the makers of movies make it a mandate that there should at least be one sex scene in their films. Never mind that it adds nothing to the plot or story, nor moves it along. If it is not included then they probably think that something important is missing. The movie-goers will be displeased that they did not see an important aspect of the movie.

And to make it memorable, it has to be “loud and heavy”, as I remember someone once saying. Or was it “hot or heavy”? Either way, it is said to be romantic. As if.

You may think me old and prudish, I am neither old nor prudish. I am just wondering how something so special and sacred was turn intoΒ  . . . Yeah, that.

Have a moon morning and a starry night. πŸ™‚

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Somewhere around the world someone is having a birthday. Happy Birthday πŸ™‚

Late For The Movies 1992

When I first saw this movie, The Last of the Mohicans, I fell in love with it. Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and others, I felt did a good job in their roles. I have watched this movie repeatedly and, I have come to the conclusion that there is not aΒ  powerful plot.

Yes the quest to make it somewhere regardless of the resistance that they were facing. Yes the romantic storyline. Yes death, betrayal and revenge, but it all appears to be “flat viewing” to me. Beautiful soundtrack and gorgeous scenery.

Those that were telling me for years that there was nothing to this movie. Those who said that IΒ  made them suffer after convincing them to watch. You guys were right. Should I pick another movie? No! Cheeky. πŸ™‚

Go on in spite of resistance, trials and troubles.

Have a moon morning and a starry night. πŸ™‚

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Late For The Movies 2004

Not only a poignant movie but also a romantic one too. Le Silence de la Mer, translated The Silence of the Sea, is a french movie starring Julie Delarme as Jeanne Larosiere, and Thomas Jouannet as Werner Von Ebrennac, that tells the story of a German occupied France and the locals reaction to them.

Mr. Ebrennac, a German soldier is not welcome in the house that was confiscated for him to stay while in the country. Jeanne and her grandfather, to show their displeasure with his presence, do not talk with or to him; not until the end of the movie. Which in my opinion was too late. Why?

Sometimes some people do not turn out the way we thought or expect them to be. That was the case here. He was not a savage; neither was he cruel, cold or showed any inkling of being the better one, being better than anyone else. Blinded at first for the reason for his country’s occupation, but later coming to the realization and the truth, he set off to the frontlines where it was strongly assumed that he would be killed. So where did the love come in?

After seeing and getting to know who he was, she loved him but did not tell him. There were two kinds of silence in this movie; one of love and the other of hate. But for the both of them, it proved that sometimes silence is the loudest voice. I really loved this movie. No happy ending though. 😦 Such is life sometimes.

Have a moon morning and a starry night. πŸ™‚

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Late For The Movies 1967

“They call me Mr. Tibbs!”

Anyone who watched this movie, In The Heat Of The Night, would perhaps remember that line. One of my all time favorite movies. πŸ™‚ This movie is about race, but more importantly, judgment pass on to someone because of it.

Sidney Poitier stars as Det. Virgil Tibbs, and Rod Steiger as Police Chief Bill Gillespie. A murder happened, and who did they blame for it? Mr. Tibbs. Why? Well he was “colored” and so, he had to have killed a rich white man. But do not only take that from the movie. ItΒ  was more than that. It dealt with reactions of both men not only to each other but to those around them. It showed how a person can overcome certain things and do what he was being paid to do. It depicted how someone swallowing his pride accepted the help being offered from someone he should not have had any dealings with.

You and I are being judged all the time, not necessarily on our skin color but because of other things? How do you deal with it when others not really knowing you want to judge you?

Racism will always be around, do not stoop to the level and join it. Never let your skin color be the only definition of who you are; you are much more than a pigmentation. And never use it as a pity me tool.

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Late For The Movies 2002

“People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck.”

That was Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, in the movie Signs. For me, the movie was flat and not all that interesting, but it had its messages. Faith, do we hold on to it when something terrible happens to us, as in the case of Mr. Hess who lost his wife. Do we believe in the things that we see and do not see?

Perhaps that is how it is in life, we look for signs, clues, anything that will help us to make choices. Some look for it when trying to find romance; if he/she tilts his/her head, smiles, does that mean that he/she likes me? During interviews. Taking tests. Reading the Bible. Anticipating beginning and ending of things.

What signs are you looking for?

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Late for the movies 1957

Has the jury reach a verdict?

12 different people assigned to judge a young man on trial for murder. All of them having to come to an agreement to let him live or to give him death. 12 Angry Men, a 1957 movie, brought up not only the question of the death penalty, but also the various personalities, biases, opinions of those people sitting on that jury brought to the courthouse. The evidence was there for some, and for others, not enough of it or it was shunned.

Our personalities play an important part in how we react to people. Our beliefs, opinions and biases defining who we are help us to define others. I really enjoyed this movie.

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Late for the movies 1940

Man meets woman, in this case, man and woman met again. The Philadelphia Story, starring Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Samantha Lord Haven, and Cary Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven.

We all need second chances, but do we deserve them? Here was a man that was still in love with the woman he had divorced. Playful, yes, but serious when he saw a chance to win back the love of a woman that still had a place in his heart before she got married to someone else. And she, a tough exterior that hid a frightful person inside. Vowing not to love him again and trying to deny that she did, the movie details how a second chance can be comical and serious. Of course, there is much more in the movie than that.

But like some people, what others see on the outside might not be the truth of what might be in the inside. And like some people, living in denial of something can only bring heartache and yes, missed opportunities of second chances.

Love this movie.

Have a lovely, sunflower day. πŸ™‚

Sights and Sounds

According to Woodrow Wyatt, “A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.”

In the movie, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Janeane Garofalo’s character, Abby said, “You forgot to say I love you because you’re beautiful.”

Ben Chaplin’s character Brian replies, “No, I didn’t. I mean, she is. But that’s not why I love her.”

A clear refute. The movie centers around three main characters, Abby, Brian, and the beautiful Noelle. Brian falls in love with Abby who is a talk show veterinarian, and who he has never met or seen before. She is afraid that he will not love her because of the way she looks, and so, she convinces Noelle to act as her on the premise that he and all men only look at the exterior when falling in love.

Not to say that some men will focus on something other than a woman’s face or body, just to say that some men don’t.

And as for all women falling for sweet talk, well not the case either.

But perhaps somewhere in all of us, there may be times when our feet want to go on the other side, or then again, maybe not. πŸ˜‰

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