31 March, 2006

How About a Film Review?

We haven't done one of these in a long while...The film is Loggerheads, starring Bonnie Hunt, Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, and Tess Harper. It takes place in NC, on and near the coase, and has gay content. Obviously, I'm quite connected to the material. I didn't, however, expect to be as moved as I was.
The film is rife with symbolism, which is always impressive. Thinking about the possible metaphors, and the ways that they forshadow possible outcomes in the film, kept the ending a surprise. The acting was solid, and the story is interesting. It's actually three stories, occurring in three different years. They're interwoven really well. So, technically, all around, the film's really very well done. What interests me now, in particular, is how the southern and romance elements impact me now.
I tend to take my southern background for granted, at the same time that I downplay it. So many stories set in the South lack a truly "Southern" atmosphere. This film has it. I see my background in the views, and I feel it's rhythms in the film. The characters are the folks that I grew up with. Hell, Michael Kelly, the actor who plays George, studied and acted at Coastal Carolina University, where I studied.
The romance bits are nicely done, and would interest me anyway, as I'm a romance hog. I'm in an interesting place right now, contemplating my place and romance's place in my world. How does it work/conflict with religion. A forthcoming blog entry to be sure. I highly recommend the film. Check it out at your local rental store.

11 March, 2006

Spring Threatens

Winter, this year, in New England has not been a friend. Most of you know that Winter is a VERY close second to Autumn, my favorite season. This year, January was the warmest on record in Boston. February, as if to counter, was the coldest on record. Unfortunately, this didn't bode well for the slopes. They've been icy and rainy, alternately. Well, this weekend, as if it was Beltane, Spring threatened Lady Winter, and she seems to have hidden. It was nice. Hell, if The Lady isn't going to offer me mountains to Snowboard on, I'd just as soon trade her in for Spring. He's generally cuter, and allows the cute boys and girls to doff more of their clothes.
A walk along part of the Emerald Necklace unveiled the chair that I'm sitting in. Called "Poet Chairs," these seats face a pond in a cemetary. They're part of an art display, all of which is beautiful. I hope that you all are having as much fun as I've been having!

An Oldie

Click on the title of this entry for a link to my old homepage....It's a blast from the past!

04 March, 2006

Miss E

Here's a photo of the Boston HRC Server Training Team!:

Can't you just see the Skills and Talent!

Above is a solo photo of one of the trainers, and all that I have to say is: Doesn't she look like Riff Raff in those jogging pants? (Private Joke)

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Brokeback Mountain

Why they're afraid? It's simple. Brokeback's might get too much attention. It already has. You see, if gay children are aware of this film, then they will realize that they are not the only one. It's very existence will legitimize them. The trouble is, they'll also remember the reaction to the film. The hatred. The insults. They'll be legitimate, but wrong and tainted. Of course, many believe that much of the reason that gays and Jews have been so influential is the adversity that we've had to come through. The legitimacy may give the young ones strength to survive a dangerous youth and the self-hate that bigotted reactions to their kind have created. Good luck to Brokeback Mountain. While it's debatedly not the Best Picture, it's the Best Picture needed.