Q: What Is The Difference Between The Bible, And Thor, the movie I saw the other day?
A: Not Much
They are both filled with fantasy stories, highly exaggerated versions of what really happened, mythology, poetry, spirituality, noble characters, evil characters, good intentions, bad intentions, aspirations and inspiration CREATED AND INTERPRETED BY HUMAN BEINGS.
Human beings are extremely creative and spiritual creatures. They also have been given common sense. But prefer to use their creativity and spirituality over their reason.
When one preacher decided that the world would end this weekend, the media made sure that every person on earth was aware of this fact.
It came from the interpretation by one preacher. There are over 300,000 preachers in America alone. But the creative interpretation of one of them becomes the focal point of everybody's energy for one week in America.
Belief in a higher being, inspiration and spirituality is one thing. But having to listen to the individualized creative interpretation of religious zealots and fanatics who believe they have the only answer (and they can be anybody in your lives) is an unfortunate part of this society.
The average American continued to be caught up in the pride and
emotion of the moment the day after Osama Bin Laden was
captured by America's military. That even extended to Rush Limbaugh
who spent an hour praising President Obama. We knew it
couldn't last long. Limbaugh must have listened to himself the
day earlier because he spent the next day tearing the President
apart and giving all of the credit for the operation to
George W. Bush. He then spent the next two weeks disparaging
the President--every day, every hour. Limbaugh's sudden turn was
vicious and disgraceful, going so far as to calling the people in the
situation room watching the event "clowns."
Limbaugh realized that as a controlled right-wing maniac,
it was his obligation to parrot the party line and his praise
of Obama and his staff was a moment of weakness--simply
not allowed. Limbaugh is just disgusting and evil.
I am a twin. When the "Parent Trap" came out in 1961, my mom took us to see it seven times in one year (movies were .25 cents back then). It got better every time. I saw it another 10 times on network TV from 1965-1978.
Since VHS and DVD came out, I have seen it another 33 times.
This weekend I got to see it for the 51st time, and in the manner it was intended--on a big screen with an audience.
For it's 50th Anniversary and Haley Mills' 65th birthday, a special presentation took place in Hollywood with Haley Mills hosting at the Egyptian Theater.
The packed house of people between 40-70 years of age were also delighted to see the film on the big screen for the first time since the early 1960's. (there was a brief re-release in the late 1960's I didn't go to). I hadn't heard the laughter that accompanied the film in 50 years. It made the giant theater screen viewing so much more meaningful.
"The Parent Trap" was a brilliant piece of writing, directing, music and acting.
Children saw it through their perspective. Adults saw a whole different set of dynamics taking place throughout the film.
The competition between Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith's fiance is a wonderful scathing part of the film. The response of Haley Mills to the fiance when she attempts to have a woman-to-woman talk with her was daring for its time and just as powerful today.
The scene which had the biggest response, loudest nervous laughter and gasps from the audience is when grandpa tries to subtlely convince his daughter Maureen O'Hara that she might want to modernize her look before she sees her ex-husband again. As a child you perceive it as a direct suggestion. As an adult you experience the scene as an endearing offensive-but-necessary part of the plot. The audience reaction was lengthy and penetrating.
Thunderous applause every time one of the major characters was first introduced on-screen, a standing ovation for Haley Mills when she spoke before the film and other enthusiastic responses made this the most delightful viewing since I saw it in 1961.