Movies…Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep
For some reason, Robert Redford, The Horse Whisperer, let this movie whisper into theaters this week. No trailers of the movie appeared anywhere. The movie was not promoted on Leno or Late Night With Anyone. The cast is a “who is who” in movies. They deserved better!!! The cast includes Julie Christie, Robert Redford (actor and director), Nick Nolte, Shia LeBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Terrence Howard, Chris Cooper, Sam Elliott, and Richard Jenkins. Someone should have been on television giving the movie a boost. They were not!!!
This political thriller is based on Neil Gordon’s book, The Company You Keep. The story looks at peaceful, anti-war protesters and those groups that think peaceful demonstration is not the answer. Redford and his friends of thirty years ago are in one or more of these groups. They are all hiding from decisions they have made in their prior lives. Some of these group members are in plain sight while others have completely new identities and the families and life that go with their thirty-year-older faces.
It is strange how passionate anti-war demonstrators were in the 60’s and 70’s and how different they are now. Maybe, that is the central theme of the movie. Maybe parents trying to protect their children from their past lives is another issue.
With Redford and Christie in a movie, even if it were bad, I would have liked it. The movie was not an Academy Award winner. Yet, Redford uniquely framed faces and let them tell their stories of friendships and beliefs realized and those that were cast by the wayside for other reasons.
Movie lovers, watching this, will appreciate Redford’s storytelling craft.
Everyone in the theater liked the movie.
Maybe they, too, were Redford and Christie fans.
The critics have not been so kind.
Books…The Horse Whisperer By Nicholas Evans
If you didn’t read this book fifteen years ago, and you like multi-dimensional stories and characters, you should pick this book up for weekend reading at your used bookstore or on your Kindle.
The book and the movie are entirely different. Read the book first and then be shocked with all the changes they made to bring the movie to the screen.
Scarlett Johansson, in one of her first movie roles, plays a young horse lover that is terribly hurt in an accident with her favorite animal. Her mother, Kristin Scott Thomas, hears about the healing powers Redford has with horses. She hopes he can work the same miracles with her daughter. Redford’s ranch is miles away from their home and his idyllic lifestyle might cause trouble with mother and her resistant daughter.
The Horse Whisperer’s rewards for helping horses and their owners and helping people and their families are quite different in the book and in the movie’s depiction of his powers.
Three Days of The Condor, The Natural, and The Castle are our three favorites of the four-dozen movies Robert Redford has made.
Poetry…Your Last Gasp For Salute To Poetry Month
You now have just two days to select your favorite poem and poet and re-write the piece in a form of your own. Here is the example we gave to start the month:
Cinderella by Sylvia Plath
The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels,
Her green eyes slant, hair flaring in a fan
Of silver as the rondo slows; now reels
Begin on tilted violins to span
The whole revolving tall glass palace hall
Where guests slide gliding into light like wine;
Rose candles flicker on the lilac wall
Reflecting in a million flagons’ shine,
And glided couples all in whirling trance
Follow holiday revel begun long since,
Until near twelve the strange girl all at once
Guilt-stricken halts, pales, clings to the prince
As amid the hectic music and cocktail talk
She hears the caustic ticking of the clock.
Cinderella Lost By Tom Palumbo
I lean to my Cinderella in precious shoes,
Tall, blonde, and temper flaring.
Of gentle as the rose garden grows; now angry,
Begins on strained guitar to tell me why…
The room and hall are spinning,
Where classmates pass out of my purgatory like phantoms:
Sun splatters on my locker door,
Reflecting a love no more,
Where others will dance in a frantic pace,
Follow many from the past in a similar trance,
Near twelve it punches me hard once more,
She clings to another Prince.
As amid tomorrow’s talk of the night gone by,
I hear the scornful cry of the motionless day.
Entrepreneurs Unite…The Uncommon Individual Foundation’s Entrepreneur Project
We are running this article until the end of the week. We received a large number of comments on the LinkedIn Network that we hope will continue as others look for information to duplicate this project.
The Dawson’s (Carmen and Hanna) seem to have violated the spirit of Bring Your Child To Work Day. They brought their son to work as a technology presentation. Next year, following this example, others might bring their children as a pop-up, mannequin, diorama, or cardboard poster. This is not right!
Their Entrepreneur Project, however, in spite of the above violation, is one that should be duplicated throughout the United States. For the last nine months, Carmen has been training twelve entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from plastic recycling for fashion to a host of technology offerings.
He groomed the experienced and inexperienced in all aspects of business models, advertising, planning, budget, and product development. He, then, brought them together to present their models to money lenders, businessmen, Angel groups, self-help corporations, and members of the federal government’s (SPA) entrepreneur assistance group. The entrepreneurs presented their ideas in a fast paced format to an audience of over forty people that could make a difference in their projects.
Take a look at the Uncommon Individual Foundation’s website (ww.uif.org) for additional information. Carmen would make an excellent presenter to your local group of entrepreneurs or a college business class.
Comic Books…The Black Author’s Association
The Black Author’s Association and Network is in a running battle with the makers of Dell and Marvel comic books for the lack of black characters in their publications.
Chase Thibedaux on his website has some relevant points to make on this issue. Google “Thirteen Black Comic Books” to get his take. He has photos of the covers and nice write-ups describing each adventure he recommends.
Most of the comics are from independent sellers.
Here is the link to thirteen comics featuring black heroes that we will be exploring. Hope it works for you as it was copied in the URL because it is a mind boggler: http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=236244361&gid=163616&commentID=-1&trk=view_disc&ut=1aVbhagyWBJRI1
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