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Month: April 2010

Summer Hours Gone

Summer Hours Gone

Real lasting beauty is rare in this world. Beauty with a foundation, with potential for lasting traditions for generations to come is rare. When you find those things, when you’re lucky enough to be born into a connection with those things, don’t let it go.

I kept saying that as I watched “Summer Hours,” a very moving, poignant film about family, loss and the complexity of modern life. Don’t let go!! That house!! It’s wonderful, old, thoroughly lived in, big, cumbersome and surrounded by a great lawn with huge, tall trees and room enough for children to run free and laugh and develop memories that will last their entire lives. Don’t let it go.

But life today is so complicated. Family gatherings, even in summer, are complicated and hard to work out.

Jérémie (played by Jérémie Renier) has been living in China and travels from there to France for his mother’s 75th birthday party. His sister, Adrienne (played by Juliette … Click to continue . . .

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air. Directed by Jason Reitman. 2009.
Up in the Air. Directed by Jason Reitman. 2009.

This is the perfect movie for our age of chronic immorality in the business world. This is the perfect movie for the moment, because it encapsulates so much of what is wrong with modern day, monopoly capitalism in America. The enormous pressure, the obvious trend, the powers that be all want to force open more and more areas of life to the potential for profit, costs be damned for the rest of us. Life matters not. Health and heart matter not. The concentration of money in fewer and fewer hands means everything. There is no place that capitalism doesn’t see us — as Rilke might have said today — and seek what little we have left of our own.

George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a professional terminator. He fires people for a living. As I watched his excellent performance, I couldn’t help but think how incredible it was that such a … Click to continue . . .