Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wild Things Gets Snubbed; No Kill at Town Lake

Hey there!
Well, not sure what to write about today.
One thing which has crossed my mind over the last few days is that I'm pretty disappointed that Where the Wild Things Are didn't get nominated for an Oscar. I know that the movie got sort of a lukewarm reception from audiences when it came out, but the film made it onto the yearly top 10 lists for a lot of really good critics, and personally, I really, really enjoyed and appreciated the movie (and I blogged about it in some detail after I saw it).
I might risk sounding sort of pretentious when I say this, but I thought that Where the wild Things Are was one of those movies that might have sort just gone over the heads of the mainstream audience- not in terms of plot complexity or dialogue or anything, but in terms of the overall themes and messages of the movie itself.
In my opinion, Where the Wild Things Are was an extremely well crafted, imaginative look at a theme that just isn't discussed or explored all that often: in particular, it's a look the fact that maturity comes at the cost of a certain loss of innocence. The process of gaining wisdom and truly "growing up" involves the bittersweet realization that, just like us, almost every person in our life is dealing with their own struggles, pain, and hardships. We all do the best that we can, but no one is capable of fulfilling someone else's needs all of the time. It may be sort of sad that children eventually have to realize that just about everyone has their own issues and difficultiues to contend with, but at the same time, this realization brings the wisdom that comes with genuine empathy. The people who never come to this realization often end up being some pretty self-centered, awful adults.
Anyway, I've blogged on all of this before, and you can click on the link if you want to read my original post, but I just thought that Where the Wild Things Are was a movie which was not only well executed (I really liked the landscapes, cinematography, and the actual monsters themselves), but I thought that it dealt with some really interesting themes in some very intelligent ways. I think Spike Jonze might be a bit of a genius.

What else? Well, I guess I don't have too much else, and I don't have a whole lot of time, either.
The Austin City Council passed a plan today to turn the Town Lake Animal Shelter into a "no kill" shelter (which would mean a dedication to adopting out at least 90% of the animals in the shelter and significantly cut donw on the number of animals being put to sleep). I'm really happy about this announcement. Now the hard part will be to make this plan financially realistic and to find homes for all of these animals. Everyone make sure to spay and neuter your pets!!

Well, I have to run. Maybe more later.

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