Tonight we watched a screening of Wrong Time Wrong Place. It is about the massacre on Utoya Island and the bombing in Oslo that happened in Norway in 2011. It was well done. Somehow the film found a way to walk a fine line. It recognized the untellable fear and horror but also the small spark of life that is emerging from the ashes of the survivors and those who love the dead.
Many of those in the documentary told of such small decisions that saved them and left others dead. And as I walked home, I thought of the millions of choices I make each day – most not even consciously considered.
I read stories about soldiers who gained fatalistic attitudes during wartime – coping with their fear by believing that you could not avoid the bullet that had your name on it. So, there was no point in being afraid – that bullet would come no matter your actions. The parents of one young victim argued this point – the mother thought that her daughter would have died when she was 20 regardless (if not on Utoya Island), the father thought this view was nonsense.
I like to think that I have my choice in any given circumstance, but what if my path was predestined? Would I live differently? Take more risks, do more things, eat more heavy cream?
May 7th 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Am I approaching a wrong time and place? Will I feel the different that day? Will I know?
I went to see The Hobbit for the second time this weekend – this time in 2D with my grandma. Nobody else wanted to go with her, so Emile and I said we would go even though we’d seen it before.
The Hobbit does not seem to be getting the sincere love that the Lord of the Rings series got. Reviews call out the 48 frames per second and the lack of action and hodge podge presentation of the stories. I enjoyed the movie the second time.
And there you go “I enjoyed the movie”. Why is it that I hesitate to tell you the truth – I loved the movie. I love the Lord of the Rings and I love this movie. Perhaps Peter Jackson is drawing perhaps more than he should on the appendices and and unused material from the Lord of the Rings. Perhaps the Hobbit is supposed to be lighter. Perhaps it doesn’t need 3 films to tell. But there are few movies that I actually pay to rewatch. I love the “moments”, the score, the scenery. (the rock giant fight I could have lived without really).
January 26 & 27, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Admit I love something – who cares if someone else doesn’t agree.
And thank goodness, that it wasn’t my storage unit that burned down – it was just right beside the vacant warehouse that did. Talk about a clutch in the heart driving up that day.