Monday, October 25, 2010

Shutter Island - Sure Way to NOT Get Some Shuteye

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time watching movies and TV series. That's one of the perks of my job - I can have stuff in the background while I work. It does mean that I have to watch movies a couple of times (or more) as I don't get to focus on the movie, but hey, it works!

So last night, as I was working on this big feature post for my favorite blog (I'll link to it tomorrow when it goes live), we put on Shutter Island. I shouldn't have chosen that movie. I have seen it before, and I should have known just how much it disturbs me.

It's a very good movie - one that has elevated my respect for Leonardo di Caprio, but it still is NOT a good movie to watch when the weather is stormy and you're just about to go to bed. Certainly NOT something a pregnant woman should watch (not me, my friend).

Anyhow, for some reason, it got me wanting to watch that documentary on snipers I saw last month. I don't remember the title, and I don't see how it is related to Shutter Island; but after watching last night, I couldn't (can't) stop thinking about the documentary - scopes and all. The docu is about the history of snipers, the best kills, and so on. Does it ring a bell? I think it was made by the History Channel. Someone help?

Going back to Shutter Island...I suppose the most disturbing fact of all is the last line uttered by Leo's character: "Would you rather live as a monster or die as a hero?"

It could be that I am being simplistic - a way of coping, perhaps - but the only answer I can really come up with is this: I would rather live as a good person. Cliche and boring, maybe, but the truth. What would your answer be?

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