Lions for Lambs

Just watched the trailer for Lions for Lambs with Ryan.

My first reaction was “They are capitalizing on the current social and global situation! How dare they!?” But then I remembered how many well-intentioned theatre artists have lamented the fact that plays which deal with social issues – plays that are social commentary – do not typically get bums in seats. So let’s capitalize on Tom Cruise to raise social issues in the minds of the general movie-going public! Great idea.

Ryan’s reaction was, “It just seems so heavy-handed!” To which I replied, “But an artist, if he’s being an honest artist, is incapable of being objective.” And I really think so. An honest artist has to write-produce-create from a place of subjectivity. You might say, “A producer should be objective!” But a producer is an artist too! “Well, then, the studio should be objective! It’s a corporate entity!” But the studio is operating in an artistic medium!

Frankly, I think the studios, producers, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers responsibility is NOT to be objective or to raise objective questions. Perhaps we could make that argument of documentarians (Mike Moore might disagree), but I strongly defend the artist’s right to react honestly to the world as he see it – whether that artist is a student filmmaker, a community theatre cat, or a studio producer.

Whatever brings the social issues of the day to the forefront of the minds of the general movie-going public is a good thing, right?

Watch the trailer. What do you think?

Not As Flood-Proof As I Thought

I used to joke that it’d be impossible for it to flood in Newfoundland; how can you flood a rock?  But I was wrong…  very wrong.

Tropical Storm Chantal wreaked havoc.

Several members of my extended family have lost crops.

It reminds me that Newfoundland is still a very young province in a very young country.  Part of the beauty of Newfoundland is its remoteness; but that is also part of its downside.  There are some for whom the trip to the closest hospital is many hours; and that’s after they’ve crossed on a ferry.

Tourism is on the rise, as is the economy; but what will it take for Newfoundland to move from being a have-not province to one that contributes?

P.S.  Did You Know?  There are no snakes, skunks, deer, porcupines or groundhogs on the island of Newfoundland.

You Are The Peanut To My Butter

This is really important…

Your does not equal you are.

Recently, I saw the following written on a friend’s facebook wall…

your the PEANUT to my BUTTER ,
your the STAR to my BURST,
your the M to my M,
your the POP to my TART,
your the MILKY to my WAY,
your the FRUIT to my LOOP,
your the MILK to my DUDS,
your the LUCKY to my CHARMS,
your the ICE to my CREAM,
but mostly….
your the BEST to my FRIEND

SEND THIS TO 10 OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS (INCLUDING ME) IF YOU GET IT BACK YOUR LOVED!!!

I’ll let you take a minute to recover.

Okay… it’s obvious what bothered me, eh?

I just want you all to remember…

The word “your” is an attributive adjective. It is the possessive form of “you.” It is used as a modifier before a noun. ie: “your boots” and “your accomplishments.” “You’re” is the correct contraction of “you are.” As in “you are learning proper English” and “you are the peanut to my butter.”