Thursday, April 19, 2007

Owning Beauty vs. Our Insensitive and Intuitive Hearts

Weird Wally is not a movie critic nor, does he want to be.

But WW recently watched two DVDs, nearly back to back, and is now trying his hand at being a movie critic. The thing is, WW is not talking about one movie, but two very excellent movies, if watched back-to-back or, at least close together, might possibly rock your world.

Heading South: A well done movie and, according to the DVD blurb, “Three middle-aged women on holiday converge on a Haitian resort to soak up the sun and sample the handsome islanders’ sexual talents…”

But the first few minutes of the DVD tell what the story is really about. Problem is, the characters speak in French and WW had to read subtitles (WW hates that). Eventually they switch back to English. The first few minutes spoken in French with English subtitles, tell us about beauty, ownership and passion. And if you don’t fully understand the first few spoken lines, then it becomes just another movie about interracial sex.

Notes on A Scandal: Another good DVD and, better yet, it is also about beauty, ownership and passion, but without the race filter, because most of the important people involved are white.

WW can’t help but ask, what makes us humans disposed to totally destroying something of beauty and passion just because we can't own it?

Trust me,
Weird Wally

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