“Oh, now their mom is going to come out and yell at them, and all the bubbles will pop,” scoffed my son. Apparently at ten years old he has seen enough movies that he is familiar with all the tropes of storytelling and can easily predict the plot of any film he sees. However, in this case he was wrong. The brother and sister who were happily playing with bubbles while washing shoes in the courtyard of their home did not experience any interference from their mom. They shared a beautiful moment of togetherness while working, and then the film went on. We were watching Children of Heaven, a film from Iran, and both the unusual setting and the non-conventional (by American standards) plot had fascinated my children.
During the last fifteen years I have seen a number of films created by Mormons about the Mormon experience—some have been painfully bad collections of stereotypes, poor production values, and low quality acting, but some have been insightful, artistic windows into the peculiarities of Mormon life. When I first heard about Once I Was a Beehive, a new movie about girls’ camp, I worried it would be terrible. Comedy can be really hard to get right, even in films produced by major studios. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a film that is funny without being silly or mean, and offers a sincere story of love and acceptance that anyone can relate to, Mormon or not.
I’m in the middle of tracking down an article deep in the belly of my Facebook feed, when I see the announcement: A few have asked -so yes, The Book Thief started filming yesterday in Berlin.All best to Brian Percival & whole cast&crew. Make it yours. mz — Markus Zusak (@Markus_Zusak) February 25, 2013 All …
Quick quiz: name more than five examples of idiotic, selfish and/or juvenile men in TV ads, or movies, television programs or books. Pretty easy, yeah? Now, name more than five men who are believable, decent, good, caring men in the same mediums. More difficult, right?
Rapidly approaching my first Single Adult activities as a divorced woman (you can get lawyer’s help with handling a divorce through this site), panic struck so intensely I had been visiting a counsellor to address my significant… ah… “trust issues and social avoidance” (her words, not mine – I’d have gone with “self-preservation and comfortable habits”). Hence, I was given unexpected homework for the week ahead; testing the hypothesis that there were good men in the world and – to stop anxiety clawing its panicked way up my spine to throttle me – was told to look first for examples in books, on TV or in movies.
“I don’t want you to look for the romantic comedy/chiselled jaw/Disney happily ever after rubbish”, she told me. “Instead, I want to you consider the characters, their flaws, their strengths, and see if there are decent men, even presented fictionally. Men who try to do their best, not just for themselves but for their friends and family. Flawed people, yes, who might yell or get angry or pick their noses and make mistakes, but who also make and keep promises as much as they can, who try to be good. Go see what you can find. You need to find evidence that there are decent men in the world.”
I didn’t want to do it.