Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Officially, I’ve lost my mind. Takes my eyes because I’ve seen it all now.

THE WOLVERINE just released and I oh-so-adore all Super Heroes. And my God, one with a secret British accent what’s not to like…
Where I live there’s a special on Tuesdays at the theatre. Two for Tue. Popcorn, sodas, stuff to eat . And of course, I love a sale. Yeah, come this Tuesday, we’re going to the movies. I think.

Well, last night I just happen to “start” watching Movie 43. My step-daughter brought it home and after her college orientation visit, it was time to kick back with pizza and relax. Lots of name brand actors like Dennis Quaid, HUGH JACKMAN, Noami Watts, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere. You get my point. Expectations were running high.

The movie is totally whack. It begins with a dude (Dennis Q) pitching his idea of a film to a movie exec. And then it happened. A cut-away to the first “movie” within the movie. (Metafiction: a story within a story).
Hugh “The” Jackman in all his glory crosses the screen.
A pair.
The Jackson's scrotum are attached to his neck.
At first, I refused to believe. Stage One: denial.
The people in the restaurant aren’t reacting so I thought, no I’m wrong. Kate Winslet is stunning in her blind-date mini role. Her over-under reaction leaves no room for argument. Stage Two: wishful thinking. It’s so absurd, the whole skit, that’s it’s humorous in that this-can’t be-happening sort of nervous laughter. I thought, this is a joke.

Then the real movie cuts back to the producer pitch. Ya-da-ya-da-ya-da. Another cut-away to a different movie. This one explores another social more. And it’s a punch to the gut. This one deals with home schooling and the over-the-top way some parents deal in their child’s ed at home. It’s horrific. Stage Three: Confusion. What the heck is this movie about?

Cut-back and the tension is hiking with the Quaid fumbling. Wah-wah-wah. Another movie. Things don’t get better. This one deals with yet another ground social rule. We don’t shit on people. Literally. Change the words and we can get away with it. See it’s all semantics. It’s fine if we poop on them. Stage Four: Anger. Seriously, is this is the type of movie we’re making?  Destroying every conceivable social more and then financing a whole film about breaking rules in the most distasteful of ways.

Definitely watching was an exercise on several levels and see, I’m still thinking about it today. No I didn’t finish watching it. I’m torn between wanting to know what happens and exploring my ideas on where we stand as a society. Unlike the film, I can’t turn off my life. I can’t hide away. Distasteful, bad, downright awful things happen  and no matter where I hole up, I can’t truly remain untouched. No one can. Yet, I think a lot of people have the same reaction to what’s going on: denial, wishful thinking confusion, anger.

So, what’s the answer. I don’t know. I’d like to think there’s a point to the film and the direction we’re heading as a society within the context of the human race. I’m still going to see The Wolverine, but with a different perspective. Perhaps that’s a key. Constantly widening our horizon, holding tight to the need to make a difference (that’s needs to be explored too), and struggling against acquiescence. Opening a door to learning, I’ll force myself to explore something uncomfortable.
Where am I going with this? Reaching out as well as reaching in. Finding a way to impact where I stand by opening this up for discussion with those I come across and asking how to change the direction we’re headed. What was discovered? We’ve a last chicklet heading off to college in the fall, and this movie has sparked more conversation (heated, passionate back-and-forth, laughter) in the last twelve hours than any films we’ve ever watched together as a family. And for that I thank  the extremely odd 43 Movies.

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