Thoughts of the Day

2017 Film Rankings

“Of all the movie theaters in all the towns in all the world, she walked into mine…”

Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, spoke that line in the 1942 film, Casablanca. Or maybe he was talking about gin? I can never remember…images-1

Anyway, 2017 was quite the year for movies and I sat my butt down for a whole lot of them. So, here’s list of every movie I watched in theaters in 2017, ranked from favorite to least favorite.

**These are strictly my opinion and my opinion alone**

  1. Get Out –  4 Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Call Me By Your Name – 4 Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture
  4. Logan – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
  5. Thor: Ragnorak
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  7. The Greatest Showman – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song “This is Me”
  8. The Shape of Water – 13 Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects
  10. Atomic Blonde
  11. The LEGO Batman Movie
  12. Baby Driver –  3 Oscar Nominations, including Best Editing
  13. Lady Bird – 5 Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director
  14. Dunkirk – 8 Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director
  15. Beauty and the Beast – 2 Oscar Nominations including Best Costume Design
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects
  17. Everything, Everything
  18. Girls Trip
  19. Kong: Skull Island – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects
  20. The Fate of the Furious
  21. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 4 Oscar Nominations including Best Visual Effects
  22. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  23. Ingrid Goes West
  24. Happy Death Day
  25. Life
  26. The Boss Baby – 1 Oscar Nomination for Best Animated Feature
  27. Saban’s Power Rangers
  28. The Zookeeper’s Wife
  29. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  30. Baywatch
  31. Split
  32. Murder on the Orient Express
  33. Table 19
  34. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  35. Home Again
  36. A Dog’s Purpose
  37. The Space Between Us
  38. Rough Night
  39. Unforgettable
  40. Justice League
  41. Valerian & The City of a Thousand Planets
  42. A Cure for Wellness
  43. The LEGO Ninjago Movie
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Poetic Bends · Thoughts of the Day

Escape Into the World

Now feels like as good a time as any

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To escape into the world

To explore the far reaches

That are anywhere but here

Where the required learning

Requires much unlearning

And instead, instead

Find a place that’s already been found

But has yet to be found by you

And you

And you

And you

And me

 

Thoughts of the Day

Making Changes

It’s been a while, I know.

For once, the reason for my absence isn’t due to writers block. In fact, the last few months have lead to more time spent writing than usual.

And that makes me happy. As writing tends to do.

I’ve been reading a lot. And as every good writer knows, the more youread, the better you write.

I’ve had several ideas in my head for new posts but none of them ended up with that feeling I wanted.

images.jpegSo the “publish” button went unpressed. (Who knows, this one might not even make it to the published page)

But I felt like I needed to come back.

And I am. Back, that is.

And I’m making some much needed changes.

Story Time · Thoughts of the Day

Love in the Time of Hannibal

*** when in doubt, aka writer’s block, write what you know. And what I know is Hannibal***

Of all the television that I’ve watched in my day, not a single show has stuck with me the way NBC’s Hannibal (2013) has. For those unfamiliar, Hannibal, based on the characters by Thomas Harris, tells the story of Hannibal Lecter, the renowned psychiatrist and his patient Will Graham, an FBI criminal profiler, who struggles with his ability to empathize with serial killers. However, this isn’t your typical “Hannibal the Cannibal” tale about a man who kills and eats people. In creator Bryan Fuller’s (American Gods, Pushing Daisies) world of Hannibal, it is so much more than that. For you may find, as time goes on, that it’s nearly impossible not to develop an ounce of affection for the one person who truly understand you, regardless of those sticky predilections.

This, instead, is a story of two men trying to make sense of a world in which they cannot redraw their hand. While one lives his life through the lens of pure ego and narcissism, the other lives his life, and is haunted by, the simple fact that his empathy overpowers him. Hannibal Lecter, the sociopath who has no empathy at all and Will Graham, the young profiler who has too much.

In the early episodes of Hannibal, the task is an uncomplicated one: to catch a killer. But in order to do so, we must bring in elements of the complicated. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), on a good day, is anything but uncomplicated. As a young man who empathizes with serial killers, his job becomes a dangerous one. For fear of getting too close to the cases he’s been brought in to solve, Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), head of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, sends Will to see Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelson) with the hope that the good doctor can help ease Will’s stress and therefore help Jack get the job done.

And it works. For a time.

Will and Hannibal’s relationship is one that supersedes the most common notions of what it means to care for another person. Usually, when we have feelings for someone, platonic or otherwise, we find that their best interest also becomes our best interest. We want for them what they want. Happiness, success, joy, comfort, and above all, love. But what happens to a relationship when your deepest desires overpower theirs? And when you can’t help but feel as though they would be much better off doing as you do.

That’s when it happens. That’s when murder happens.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is anything but ordinary. He’s suave. He’s charismatic. He’s charming. And he’s an exceptionally good cook. But underneath the expensive suits and grandiose language is an overwrought imagination. An imagination that extends far beyond the realm of decency and hope. To Hannibal Lecter, death, is the only significant thing life has to offer.

Hannibal is a man who feels very alone in his extracurricular activities. Yes, there are those out there who seek to emulate him, but there is no one quite like him. And it’s in this isolated state that Hannibal finds himself a tether in one Will Graham. Will’s overwhelming empathy and Hannibal’s lack thereof, makes Will the perfect candidate for sculpting. And sculpt Will Graham, he does. Into the very man Will has always been so terrified of becoming.

If we are to think about love in the time of Hannibal, one thing comes to mind: tolerance.

As the series goes on, the eventual discovery of Hannibal’s true nature comes to light. And it is a bloody discovery. However, the empathetic man that is Will Graham comes to terms with this truth in the only way he knows how.

He tolerates it. He doesn’t sympathize with it. He doesn’t feel compassion towards it. He tolerates it because he understands it. The urges, the impulses, the desires. He sees these inclinations as what truly makes Hannibal, Hannibal. And it’s through this understanding that Hannibal, for all his faults and misdeeds, finds himself enamored. Regardless of whether or not you agree that a sociopath, devoid of all conscience, even has a capacity for love, the show Hannibal reaches out through the dark and pulls you in, making you question everything you ever thought you knew on the subject.

And then twists it into something unrecognizable. And although most relationships are built on trust, in this case, simple truth will do. When you find you can be honest with someone, you find that you can show them your true self. And Hannibal finds that in Will Graham. And by the end of the series, Will Graham, not only sees Hannibal, he finally sees himself. His true nature and what Hannibal has always believed Will has been capable of. And it’s in this discovery of their true selves that they find comfort and solace in each other.

But if love is wont to destroy Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal will not go down without taking Will Graham with him. After all, the deeming of the term “Murder Husbands” does not go without merit.

But whether or not they survive this free fall is a story for another season.