I remember it like it was yesterday. I can see myself running to daddy when I heard the slightest clap of thunder. I would bury my face into his chest and hide. I knew he would protect me from that monster of a storm. He would hold me tight and tell me it was just the angels playing a game of bowling. Then he would let me sit in his lap and watch him do a crossword puzzle. I was amazed at all the big words he knew. I thought he was the greatest man ever. He knew so much about life and I wanted to know everything like he did.
Redgrave was from a very well-known British family of actors. She made her theatrical debut in 1962. She won a New York Film Critics Award for her role in the 1966 film Georgy Girl, the role also landed her nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She was in Gods & Monsters, the bio pick on director James Whales.
As different as these two movies are, I was surprised to realize how similar they are. Both feature a Batman who’s been active in Gotham for some time and has built something of a reputation among the citizens and criminals of Gotham. The mob plays a prominent part in both, only to be shown up by the arrival of a lunatic in clown make up who calls himself The joker game. Well, that’s unavoidable, given how things are in the comics it’s natural that the escalating war between the two characters would come across as similar.
There are a few clunky lines that will sound familiar (“The night is darkest just before the dawn, but I promise you, the dawn is coming,” as articulated by D.A. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). There is also, “I know the truth. There is no going back. You’ve changed things forever.” (Ain’t it the truth?) Harvey Dent declares, “The Joker’s just a mad dog. I want whoever let him off his leash.” (That would be Dick Cheney, for openers, and Rumsfield aiding and abetting.) With talk of “a misplaced sense of self-righteousness” and “decent men in an indecent time” where “the only morality is chance” a plot is woven that combines terrific action sequences with great special effects and wonderful music (James Newton Howard).
Lorax, runty and chunky, lives in the forest. There is a villain, named greedy Once-ler, who cuts down the trees of the forest wantonly in order to produce “Thneeds”. All he does is to make money. To protect the forest, Lorax pleads with Once-ler not to destroy the forest any more many times, but in vain. Ted, the hero of the story, loves Audrey very much. Audrey has always dreamed to see a real forest. In order to the girl’s heart, Ted embarks the road to search forest and Lorax.
This is the time when I look for a good film to watch or a good play to attend. Because my work usually involves me sitting in relative isolation listening to sound equipment making strange noises as it tries to tell me whats wrong with it, it leaves me devoid of any sense of knowing that there is an active and working world out there. A world with human beings and life. So the demands I place on a performance be it in film or theater are actually quite high.
And so I say again, The choices we make determine what the studios put out there. WE as people who watch films are the ones who should be rewarding good films and brave decisions made by the industry by using our hard earned money to actually see films that are great. And the only way the industry will learn this, is if we truly use our emotional intelligence and intellect. To feel, love, laugh and cry as heroes, heroines and villains come to life on the stage and in film. Until the next time…