The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain
La cosa migliore da fare quando piove è lasciar piovere
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ribloggare me stesso? Perchè no, visto che la penso ancora così, e che serve a portare l’attenzione ad un argomento che mi è molto caro in questo momento, ovvero la compassione umana, che è quello che più ci rende umani, molto più dell’intelligenza.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen*
°Le persone più belle che abbiamo conosciuto sono coloro che hanno assaggiato la sconfitta, vissuto la sofferenza e sperimentato le difficoltà, coloro che hanno sofferto una perdita, e sono riuscte a trovare il modo di uscire dal baratro.
Queste persone hanno una capacità di apprezzare, una sensibilità e una comprensione della vita che li riempie di compassione, gentilezza d’animo e un profondo ed appassionato interesse per gli altri.
Le belle persone non sono frutto del caso.
(Blade Runner, 1982)
And yet, so many people choose to live in fear. Because fear is comforting, it gives you imaginary boundaries where you can live quietly your life, if you respect them and never doubt them. So you can be a slave by choice. Because being free it means being held responsible for your choices and for your action, for the better or the worse, in which case you have to pay the price. And THAT, that can be really discomforting, and frightening, for some people.
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Escape is Imperative
Wendy is a special girl, with special needs. Because Wendy is autistic, and has to live according certain rules, because without them all her certainty will collapse and she’ll start panicking, like everyone living with his condition. She lives in an assisted facility, where her friend Scottie takes good care of her, helping her making progress and try and live a normal life, as normal as her life can be. She’d like to go to live with her sister, his husband and her newborn baby, because she wants to be an aunt, and cuddle her little niece, Ruby. Like most people in her condition, she also has special abilities: she’s a really talented writer, and she is also an hardcore Star Trek fan. So when her sister decide to sell their mother’s house and go to live away with her family, leaving Wendy in the facility house, she masters a plan to keep this from happening: she’s going to write a star trek script for a national contest, whose final prize is 100.000 $, and with that money she can be independent from her sister’s money and choose the life she wants to live. So when everything seems to go wrong, she decides to do something almost impossible for her: she’s going to bring her script to Paramount Pictures in LA, embarking in a adventurous and potentially dangerous journey from San Francisco, where she lives, to Los Angeles.
Please Stand By is the kind of movie that has the ability to capture exactly what it means to be a Star Trek fans, and also what it means to fight to find your true self, and to gain independence and self-confidence: in a few word, to grow up and become an adult. And like every good Trek story, is told from an alien point of view, the alien being in this case a young girl born with a condition that force her to watch us, the so-called “normal” people from a distant point of view. Or even better, she can’t even watch us in the eye, which often is the way for us human to understand if someone is lying to us, or deceveing us, or to understand his true feeling for us. Because her condition prevent her to do it, unless she’s forced to, like the exercise of a “three seconds eye contact” that every day has to do with her carer to keep contact with the rest of the world, and trying and espress her feelings the way we are used to do.
What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong!
YES, WE DID.
We were supposed to fight for people who couldn’t fight for themselves.
We were supposed to fight for Willie.
(A Few Good Men, 1992)
PS: In un periodo come questo, in cui tra cinema e tv fioccano reboot e remake, ho deciso di ricominciare la rubrica Quote of The Week, e faro’ il possibile per mantenere l’appuntamento ALMENO settimanale. E quale modo migliore per ricominciare che citare uno dei miei idoli indiscussi, nonche’ quel maestro di scrittura e sceneggiatura per il cinema e la tv che e’ Aaron Sorkin, a cui si devono gli script di “filmetti” come appunto Codice D’Onore, tratto dalla sua commedia teatrale omonima, The President – Una Storia D’amore fino ad arrivare ai recenti The Social Network, La guerra di Charlie Wilson e Steve Jobs, nonche’ di quella serie capolavoro che e’ The West Wing.
If you’re feeling as old as me, it means that you’ve seen this movie when you were in your twenties, or maybe even later. Either way, the 1986 Cameron’s movie was one of the best Sci-Fi Action Movie to date, and STILL is, filled with unbelievably 3-dimensional and likeable characters like Ripley, Hicks, Bishop and her, the Bitch, the Alien’s Queen (not that likeable, I admit).
I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit.
It’s the only way to be sure.
It was a war movie, a horror movie, a siege movie, all mashed up together with some very interesting political and phylosophical subtext, packed with one-liners that ANY sci-fi fan can still quote without any effort.
Not bad for a Human
It was a different thing from the first one, one of the best Ridley Scott’s movie, that was a metaphysical horror about life, death, and capitalism. It was a visual feast with a brilliant script, instead of some silly dumb blockbuster of today, packed with visual effects and without a soul, or a brain.
To celebrate this date, I’ve bought this t-shirt from Alien at LastExitToNowhere, the same wonderfully geeky place where last year I bought this beauty: