If it came down to my wedding, I would want a vegetarian or vegan wedding menu. I don’t see why I should let people eat something that I disapprove about. It makes no sense, the day is about me and my wife; where is the harm in having no meat for a day? (Obviously I have to take into account what the ball and chain has to say about it)
Recently I had the sheer dumb luck to stumble across the legendary debut film of Steven Spielberg. The film, titled Duel, is spectacular way to debut yourself as a filmmaker. This film does all the things you need to do correctly in order to film a memorable car movie. While at its heart, it is the story of a conflicted main character, the real battle is between driver and machine. The lengths at which we are willing to put these burdens of beast through are undeniably ridiculous; and that is something that I am happy to see within the film. To me a few things about the film definitely stand out, the simplicity of the plot, the outstanding acting of Dennis Weaver (The actor who portrays David Mann, our protagonist), the splendid car chases sequences and the anonymity of the villain
The plot is so basic that at first glance, some people might be left saying “That is it?” On the contrary, the plot is a real driving force for the film. There are a lot of film studios, writers and directors who are given an idea and absolutely ruin it when filming it. They get lost in their own idea and definition of the film. This movie stays true to its core and the script stays true to the original premise of the film. Never do you once feel that there is nothing but good vs evil in this film. Straight up, pure, unabashed action that defines the movie.
David Mann is a perfect palette of emotion. He goes through almost every single emotion in this film. You see him win only to lose around the next turn. His real battle was not a battle of wits, but to control his temper. All through the film you see him wanting to just drive right at the gigantic tanker with his minuscule Plymouth Valiant. The size of the car and tanker obviously prevent this deadly face-off, or does it? You will have to watch it in order to find out. The emotional depth of the character is what defines him. When he is in the bar scouring the establishment for the driver, he gets kicked out for starting a fight with the wrong guy. This pivotal scene, outside of the lonely stretch of highway, is crucial to the movie because the audience does not want to get bored of constantly seeing a guy in a car and it shows the humanity and realness of the character. Everything he tries to do ends up failing. These failures don’t deter him from trying again and again but only enhance the movie and push the frantic pace of the film into another gear.
Car chases are a good amount of the movie. It is a car movie. Spielberg gives the movie a very down to earth quality to them. At only one time do you feel that it is unrealistic but at that one scene, I was happy to see the car break down and give the audience some real terror. Nowadays, you have the Fast and Furious and a bunch of other car movies that are not practical and are grounded in the fantasy land that we could only dream of.
The anonymousness of the villain makes the chases and what not better. The overall movie is enhanced by this; and is used to great effect by Steven. The audience feels that it is not a man versus man battle but more of a man versus machine battle. This can have an adverse effect on the arc of the movie or can make the film into something special like 2001: Space Odyssey. The utter terror that is created by the driver gives the film an edge that you don’t find in numerous films today. How many times have you been on the edge of your seat because of a villain? I guess people don’t find that entertaining and profitable anymore.
This film really did it for me. I really enjoyed it. There were no flashy special effects and it was just a pure thrilling adventure. The unexpected nature of the film, all of the twists and turns, were not surprising but were always constant. They managed to take a very simple concept and give it life; the life that the movie had was real and was not based in fantasy. Spielberg knows how to craft a genuinely great movies and this movie is proof of that.
I don’t care who you are or where you come from or what you believe; you really have to support the mayor. I agree with his decision to support the mosque and community center. Some people who hold the view that they don’t like the idea of a mosque so close to the 9/11 WTC site, I know it is still so soon and very awkward placement of a mosque; nevertheless these fears, may be based on, racism and religious intolerance. The law of the land states that anyone can worship religion that they want wherever the please. It is with this freedom, and so many others like it, that make America what it is and stands for today and has always stood for. This ridiculous idea of dismissing the mosque shows immaturity and the inability to not repeat the mistakes of history.
This is eerily similar to the plight of past and present blacks. Is America really going to relegate Muslims to second class citizens? History can not be allowed to repeat itself. You can not let a few bad apples ruin the entire bushel. If you do that is what we call racial profiling. That is very wrong and is a philosophy that creates more problems than solve anything. At college I took a history class called The American Civil Rights Movement, a it really opened my eyes to the extent that whites went would go to in order to protect their white privilege. I see some of the same tactics that have been employed 50 and 60 years ago. While the government has prevented certain measures that defined that era of, the town hall meetings and the feelings may remind some of the civil rights era of the 50’s and 60’s. Current racism to Muslims and anyone who has Middle Eastern descent faces a lot of racism and discrimination these days because of 9/11. It is not fair, America needs a scapegoat and has used them as a medium to exact fear and anger over the events that have transpired in America post 9/11.
Everyone has their personal list of things that they want to do when they grow up. I have always been absolutely fascinated about minuscule homes. I would love to get an architect and build one. I love how unique they are. Each home is different from the next and the owner brings life to, the sometimes, dull exterior. People get lost in the mega-mansions and materialistic bureaucracy that we live in. I don’t believe that we need all of this stuff. Sooner or later all of that stuff becomes your life and you lose what you really are. A home like this really makes you rethink about your needs and the basic necessities really are. Also you are doing wonders for the planet because the home does not need need a ton of energy to be sustained. The greener the better.
I remember that SC game and boy was that a real heartbreaker. It is a real shame to see SC deteriorate into the state that it is now in. That really shows you the choice of one person affects hundreds of people. I feel for the teammates who he played with and the kids whose history was ripped right out of their hearts. I find it appalling and so strange that the NCAA persistently scolds the schools and the athletic programs when infractions and violations happen but the coach and or player barely ever get the big hurt from them. Instead of hurting the player and or coach they try to take them out of the history books by taking away wins and trophy or trophy’s. That is not the correct way to handle the violations in my eyes.