I was watching The Equaliser starring Denzel Washington. I got a third of the way through and saw a familar face, the security guard Denzil worked with. Other future scenes flashed through my mind. Then I realised I had seen the film before, but rather than switch over I kept watching and found myself enjoying it more.
On one level the film itself was good and secondly I was now checking the boxes of the scenes I remembered.
The film was all the better for this added dimension. I thought nothing of it then realised the next day the only other time I remember this happening to me was 10 years ago after seeing Deja VU starring guess who …?
Denzel Washington ….
Probably just a coincidence this time round 🙂
Am I going crazy? How many ‘coincidences’ have to happen before you start to sit up and take notice? How many until you start feeling spooked? It happened to me again recently.
I write songs. I wrote a song called Hope. I sat on the sofa played it on my laptop and listened through the headphones. My inquistive 7 year old daughter came downstairs and sat next to me and kept prodding me, wanting to show me a new app on the iphone. It was a virtual guitar. I listened to my song and she primed the app. As she plucked the virtual strings, one by one, she played the first four notes of the vocal melody to the song exactly in time with the song as it played. I was dazed. She had know idea I was playing a song and could not hear it. I looked over my shoulder then shrugged it off, but this was not the first time. There have been others more pertinent.
I don’t know what it is but the cynic in me believes there is something more at play. I ask for proof and I get it multiple times.
I don’t understand what it is but I know it’s not a ‘Coincidence.’
Sweet Charity carries a PG certificate. I remember when it came on TV back in the 70s. My Mum and Dad debated if I could watch. I was seven maybe. Dad liked the songs and Mum the dancing. Rather than send me to bed they decided to allow me to watch. I remember Sammy Davis Jr 60s psychadelia and thinking Shirley Maclaine was the most beautiful girl I’d ever saw. I did not understand the adult nature of the film. I did not realise Hope was a ‘call girl’ and I would not have known what one was if they had told me. I remember feeling priveleged but wondered why they let me stay.
Because of those memories I watched it for the first time today and was blown away. It was one of the most imaginative and well crafted films I had ever seen; the homage paid to West side story, the hilarious elevator sequence and the most uplifting unpredictable ending I have ever seen were a delight.
My parents knowingly planted a seed and I thank them for knowing one day I would collect.
It occurred to me on reading the New York Times interview with Trump that this guy is not stupid he is me 20 years ago; an immature person who made shit up because he did not know the facts. Basically as Obama put it ‘a Bullshitter’. But unlike Trump I learned along time ago if you don’t know what you’re talking about STFU! or people will think you are stupid.
Fact he is not stupid just too lazy to learn what he should know….Its fine to bullshit when you’re a spotty teen but 70 and President of the USA?! Hold on isn’t that the very definition of being stupid?!
‘The Base’ are loyal to their misguided leader and ideals but just like Lee J Cobb they are ‘Angry Men’ who will crack. The are ‘angry men’ who will vote ‘not guilty’ in time.
As ever with these listings it is personal. I was going to do some research roll out some stats, but I don’t believe box office sales is the metric to use in this case.
There are movies that transcend that. Movies that are so big it bleeds into the fabric of society and changes social trends and taste.
I love the Runaways, it catches the rebellious and wild nature we have come to know and love Rock music for. The endearing – Hi-Fidelity gave an unconventional yet more relatable POV and introduced comedy legend Jack Black. But to me the undisputed champion is The Commitments.
Because my memory is long enough to remember the effect it had on society, it seeped into the deepest recesses and started a wave of nostalgia; 50s revival nonetheless. If a piece of fiction effects the real world, if a movie crosses over from fiction to alter reality that my friend is the best Rock n Roll movie ever!
Darth Vader united the Galaxy indirectly and he will do it again through action or rather inaction. When pledges are broken and swing voters realise something ‘so simple’ is in fact very hard the truth is revealed. The truth is what America has become. Not a 1950s romanticised vision but a multicultural global leader. POTUS will unwillingly aid and abet the process. When replacing ACA, reversing the nuclear Iran deal does not happen. When the Wall and Muslim Ban dissolve into nothing swing voters will see the light and accept the reality of this changing world, a better world.
Saying we are Stronger Together does not make us Stronger Together but realising you are on the wrong side of history will force the disaffected few to shift making the States of America United once more.
I should know I’m a Brit and the only time you were united is in 1775- The War of Independence. No need to thank us, you’re welcome!