Hereafter – Why did Eastwood make this film?
I saw Hereafter yesterday at a 6:10 show. There weren’t too many people in the film, but those that were seemed fairly young, either Matt Damon or Clint Eastwood fans I guess. I am both. Yet I was at a loss to figure out where this film was going; what genre it was meant to be. I expected a film that was frightening, about ghosts coming back to haunt people or a “meaning of life “ theme. Instead the film just meandered around a bit of everything-romance, loss, fear of death, growing up. I decided to stop trying to pigeon hole it and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Once I did, I was fine. Matt Damon is a cutie patutie , with a few grey hairs I noticed, so that’s good. His French co-star was an adorable looking girl too. The star of the show was clearly the young boy who plays twin brothers, sad eyes and an adorable English accent. The first scene is worth the whole experience.
I don’t know what it was that attracted Eastwood to this film . That would be interesting to know. Maybe I missed something but it was really just a rather mishmash. Okay if you see it; okay if you don’t. Definitely doesn’t help resolve the meaning of life issue or the question of whether or not there is a Hereafter, if that happens to be a preoccupation for you. It isn’t for me, although if there is, I hope I live on Matt Damon’s street.
Amazing One man Art Show at the ROM – El Anatsui of Nigeria
A friend mentioned this art show to me last week and I went with a girlfriend. It was absolutely great. The artist, a Nigerian man who has been using objects found in his own environment like beer caps, pieces of wood, stones, wine wrappers , has created striking wall hangings, sculpture and paintings depicting the history of Nigeria and the relationship it has had with its white oppressors. The works have joy, pain, pride, courage and fear. The ROM space is perfect for the show. Although El Anatsui is world renowned I had never heard of him but I am now talking about him a lot. Check out some of his work on the internet if you are skeptical. It is truly original and awe-inspiring work.
Dame Velveeta Peron