Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Gran Torino

Our hobby is watching movies, not writing about them, so even though pages and pages could be written about Gran Torino, we'll just say we enjoyed it and that you should go see it. In fact, we liked it better than Benjamin Button. The timeless themes of human dignity, fear of death and others are present in both films, but in Gran Torino they seem more real and far more urgent. A lot of people are like Clint Eastwood's character, absolutely disgusted by the apparent ongoing slaughter of American culture, yet unwilling to consider whether "American culture" ever has been or should be a permanent, easily definable thing.

I wonder what Walt (Eastwood's character) would have been thinking today, watching President Obama on television. He probably would have been thinking, "All of those nutty people who stood out in the cold all night so that they could stand half a mile from the Capitol Building are out of their bleeping minds." Maybe they are. Maybe not...

"Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind." -1 Samuel 15:29

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