So, Saturday night was looking like it was going to be spectacularly dull. Mr. O was snoring next to me (having flown in on the red eye from London the day before) and all three kids were at sleepovers.TV time. Yay! No fighting about the remote.
I flipped around desultorily, and nothing held my interest for more than ten seconds. Until I found Malcolm X, with Denzel Washington, and then The Boxer, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson (incidentally, the wife of Alessandro Nivola who will be at THE MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE conference this year… Christ, hold on, wait… let me catch my breath, I’m having heart palpitations…).
Obviously, these movies are about different people living in different eras with a different set up of very fucked up circumstances to overcome. But what struck me the most was how both stories shared the very same insights: In the search for freedom comes the quest for power and that inevitably leads to corruption and corrosive jealousy.
What stimulates your imagination? What’s your favorite movie?