The Santa Claus Movie: He Is Always Joyful
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In the Christmas comedy Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus, starring Steve Guttenberg and Crystal Bernard, Santa Claus is preparing to retire, and his son Nick played by Guttenberg is next in line to take over his dad’s long-time role as Santa. However, there is one catch. Santa must find a bride before December 26th.
If I Only Had Some Oil.
There have been many interpretations, allegories and metaphors of “The Wizard of Oz” that refer to the political and economic social events in America during the 1890s. Along with those are some religious allegories.
When I think about this classic movie, many ideas come to mind, but in this particular article I would like to focus on one character, the “Tin Man.”
When Dorothy, Toto and the Scarecrow’s path crosses the Tin Man’s in the forest, they find him rusted and unable to move. The Tin Man tries to tell Dorothy that there’s a can of oil nearby, but she doesn’t understand him because his mouth is rusted shut, so Scarecrow interprets for him. Dorothy gets the can of oil and asks Tin Man where she should oil him first. Once again she cannot discern what he’s saying and again Scarecrow interprets, telling Dorothy to oil the Tin Man’s mouth. After she oils his mouth she continues to lubricate the Tin Man’s joints and little by little he regains movement.
No Man is an Island
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.” John Donne
Is the opacity of walls and doors an illusion that make us think that we are not connected to one another and that whatever goes on “behind closed doors” is not our business?
It seems to me that the world belief is just that, but are we kidding ourselves and is this belief necessary for us to justify the lack of support, charity and kindness that we should show to others?
Privacy is of course, a very important idea and a necessary one, but metaphorically speaking, if all the walls came crashing down, then it would be much more difficult for evil deeds to be inconspicuous.
With God. Without God.
In the movie Knight and Day, a romantic action comedy, Tom Cruise plays a spy, Roy Miller, who is trying to clear his name, while Cameron Diaz’s character, June Havens, finds herself inadvertently caught up in his chaos. (See the trailer at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013743/.)
June is ready to go back home and continue the mundane life she had before meeting Roy, so she tells him that staying with him is too dangerous, and turning herself in to the authorities is safer. Roy puts his hand up high and says, “With me,” then lowers his hand, and says, “Without me.” [video clip]
This gesture signifies that she will have a much better chance of staying alive if she stays with Roy.
Not only is this movie very funny, but that particular scene made me think of how my life was without God.
William Shakespeare wrote in, As You Like It,
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances…”
As a child, when I first discovered my love for singing and writing, I had high hopes of going to Broadway and performing in a musical. Unexpected circumstances and events led me in another direction, yet the joy of singing and writing remained in my heart. Eventually, this led me to understand the profoundness of Shakespeare’s statement.
Even though I would not perform on a Broadway stage, the world would essentially become the arena where I would carry out certain roles. Some of these included being a child, friend, wife, church member, mother, and business woman. Every day, I was given the opportunity to perform each role poorly or well.
Change Part II
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Pleasantville is a fantasy comedy film based upon two teenagers who go back in time during the 1950’s where their more modern day mentality begins to effect and influence the mundane atmosphere in the town called Pleasantville. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120789/
This movie meant more to me than just a visit back in time to the way things used to be in the 1950’s. It offers a view of how resistant people can be to change and the division it creates when fear strikes at the heart of ordinariness.