Think Anew, Act Anew

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Wise Up

“no it’s not going to stop
’til you wise up…
no it’s not going to stop
so just –
give up”

The epic, painful “Magnolia” points a camera at an assortment of people, inter-connected by chance or fate, who face the same basic choice:  continue drunk on self-delusion and other pain killers, or as Aimee Mann (and the whole principal cast) sing:  “Wise Up!”

Most people hate “Magnolia”, if only because of the frogs (if you’ve seen it, you know what this refers to).  Film-maker Paul Thomas Anderson’s explanation:

You’re staring at a doctor who is telling you something is wrong, and while we know what it is, we have no way of fixing it. And you just go: “So what you’re telling me, basically, is that it’s raining frogs from the sky.”
The frogs are a barometer for who we are as a people. We’re polluting ourselves, we’re killing ourselves, and the frogs are telling us so, because they’re all getting sick and deformed. 

Like I said, most people don’t like it.   But here’s the rest of the story:  “Save Me”


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This entry was posted on January 28, 2014 by in Arts and Entertainment, With a Song in My Heart.
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