Monday, July 28, 2008
This article from the WSJ acknowledges it as such:
"The Dark Knight" isn't simply another superhero movie. In fact, taken on its own terms, it's really not a superhero movie at all: It's a supervillain movie, and the many critics and fans who are calling for Mr. Ledger to be nominated for an Academy Award are reading the film correctly -- they want him nominated for best actor, not best supporting actor
But then the author goes on to ruminate over whether or not Dark Knight was actually a contributor to Heath Ledger's death:
But there is another, more troubling, aspect to this part of the story. We know that Mr. Ledger died of an overdose of prescription drugs after a period of insomnia and acute depression. What we see on the screen in "The Dark Knight" -- as we are plunged into a netherworld that provides no escape from its brutal realities -- may well be a projection of Mr. Ledger's inner torment as he tried to fight those afflictions: a portrait of a Method actor who could not keep a proper distance from his role, an artist who stared too long into the abyss and saw a twisted, drug-addled death mask staring back at him. (This past weekend, Christian Bale was arrested then released on bail following charges of assault from his mother and sister; "The Dark Knight" must present one heck of an abyss.)
The author then concludes:
We know enough about how involved actors can be in their roles to see that this idea is not far-fetched. Does that make "The Dark Knight" a $180 million-plus snuff film? Give that a thought before you plunk your $229 down for that action figure.
This should give us pause. If life and art so tragically merge together, then how should we view movies that take people into deeper despair and darkness? I'm not advocating slappy-happy, feel good films. I'm just wondering if, in our search for authenticity, we haven't overstepped some bounds in the presentation of evil and darkness, most especially when it's presented without a hope?
How sad that a hope or redemption wasn't offered in the film - one that Heath Ledger could have grabbed onto as he immersed himself in his role. Who knows - perhaps he would be alive today...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord,
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of His Word.
Yet sovereign mercy calls, "Return!"
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
O take the wanderer home.
And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardoned rebel live,
To speak thy wondrous love?
Almighty grace, thy healing power,
How glorious, how divine!
That can to life and bliss restore
So vile a heart as mine!
Dear Saviour, I adore;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.
Anne Steele bio here.
Music composed, performed by Benj Pocta here.
Our church sings this with strings and piano accompaniment - it is indescribably beautiful!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
After a week of building rockets and learning about space, we took the campers to launch their rockets in a near-by parking lot on campus. The local media (paper and CBS affiliate station) were there for the launch, which was a surprise to me (we were not told until we got to the launch site) but very exciting for the campers, who all vied for interviews and photographs. Media fascination begins very young, obviously. As for me, I was able to successfully avoid the cameras, although my supervisor and co-worker were not so fortunate. :)
read the post in it's entirety here.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
It's been a crazy summer, much busier than I had expected it to be when May was ending and I was anticipating my summer break. This is the first week that I have not had anything on my calendar since the start of summer, but it too has been interrupted by a family visit so I remain very busy in spite of the break. It's not as though it has been a bad kind of busy - it has been a lot of fun as we have made trips to the zoo, the aquarium, the movies (my last visit to a movie theater was over a year ago), the park, and so forth. I'm enjoying it to the full as next week I begin my summer job which will last the entire month of July. Hopefully I will become better organized with my time so that I can better keep up with emails and blogging this month. In the meantime,
I have quite a bevy of pictures to share with you to make up for my sparse posting...