Two years ago this month the love of my life left for Lebanon. But before she graced that sacred soil she relayed a request. The request being that I take my writing beyond the realm of love letters. A few weeks later I figured out how while watching the film “Julie & Julia.” Therein the lead turned her life around by blogging, thus inspiring me to do the same.
Truth be told I’d blogged before, but I never took it seriously. Unwilling to half-ass it moving forward, I constructed a concept for a potentially infinite narrative. I titled it, “My Life at the Movies,” and intended to honor its directive. Though I’ve interpreted this mission statement in many ways, I’ve never strayed from it. I’ve run with it and remain joyous on my journey. That said my happiness has often been misconstrued as foolish.
This is understandable, not every piece I print’s a classic. Nevertheless I remain positive. I work to see the good and brush off the bad. MLATM has become a part of my life, and now it’s time to talk about the movies.
This past Friday I went with my boys to catch what I considered a must-see summer flick: Total Recall. Two days later I was discussing said film with two other friends. Smiles beamed as we agreed on our favorite parts, and hands tossed aside any notion the film was the flop. It was a great conversation that enriched my previous experience in the theater. Yet, despite my elation, for others the opposite is true. People bitch about entertainment endlessly. But such is not a past-time I partake in. Unlike the loud and unhappy I’m here to whisper some wisdom.
Total Recall is a great slice of sci-fi. For starters it’s inspired by Philip K. Dick’s, “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale.” In addition, it pays homage to its nineties namesake. However, its accolades exist beyond its stimulus. Kate Beckinsale takes her action chops to the darkside in this film, and plays one hell of a villain. Colin Farrell holds down the leading role well, and shines in scenes like “The Key” and magnet car chase. Furthermore the script is far better than what reviewers would have you believe. The concept behind “The Fall” is intriguing, and McClane’s speech about dreams is enchanting. Add to that the aesthetics. The creative team that turned Toronto into an urban dystopia deserves a round of applause.
In fact the movie itself does. Sure I can see why many may fault it, but dull minds never dig deep. Like all good sci-fi Total Recall warns us about where we are going, and offers us hope that we can build something better. I in turn challenge those that hated it to take another look. Open your eyes to something brighter than bitching. Perhaps you’ll find the happiness I have while writing My Life at the Movies.