Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Parting words to eldest son, who ships off to the 'Stan in a month:
"Remember: the Taliban aren't evil -- they're just misunderstood."
He replies: "I think I'll return fire anyway."
Background: (in case he missed it)
Watched in the air between here and San Diego:
Mirror Mirror -- mildly funny, not for children. Writers probably felt they were extremely clever.
Crazy Stupid Love -- Steve Carell hits another home run on behalf of families and marriage, while illustrating the devastating effects of modern amorality and family breakdown. As an indictment of easy-outs from marriage and the ease with which post-sixties parents eat their young, it rates with Mrs. Doubtfire and 'Spanglish. Cry for the children.
Also, in the documentary department: God is the Bigger Elvis, a profile of Mother Prioress Delores Hart, the young screen goddess who opted for God at the pinnacle of a hot career, having starred opposite numerous screen gods (Elvis among them), but chose to join America's (then) only cloistered Benedictine female monastery in 1963. I remember it because my mother talked about it with amazement, and I always did wonder what happened to her. Now we know. There's something slightly hippie-dippy about the convent, but they do appear to keep the rule and sing the songs with dedication. What's amazing, and a little sad and creepy, is that the man Hart romanced for five years and was engaged to when she bolted, never married, and remained in love with her and a regular convent visitor until his death last November.
The late Patricia Neal is buried at the abbey, having been a long-time friend of Hart's, and a convert to Catholicism just prior to her death in 2010.
The film was nominated for an Oscar and brought Mother Prioress and her abbey into the news, which is a good thing, because these days hardly anybody believes that anything other than unbridled sex can possibly provide one with a happy life. (Buy some stuff from the shop.)