Thursday, December 13, 2012

DIY Double Feature | HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS and SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD | Well, now.

For this DIY Double Feature, first watch HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, then SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD.  It won't work if you try to watch the other way around, because there won't be home or holidays after the end of the world.  Duh.

Each of these movies is about moments - the moment here, the moment there, a big moment, a little moment, the possibly inevitable moment, a holy-cats-I-never-thought-this-moment-could-happen moment.  Each is also about how to identify the moments as they happen, how to see them for what they are, and how to cultivate them.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ends with a sort of first date between Claudia (Holly Hunter) and Leo (Dylan McDermott).  They're sitting on a plane and planning to "just sit, quietly, and think..." and when the plane lands, maybe they'll just go their separate ways.  Or maybe not.  Either way, at least if their world ends abruptly, they'll have had that time, those moments.  And those moments ahead are important and significant - not for where they'll lead, not as a stepping stone to a standard movie "happily ever after" but simply because they happened.

CLAUDIA
What's the point?

LEO
Well, there is no point.  Except, y'know, if we get 
hit by a bus some day, at least we'll know we had those 
two hours together.  And we won't have to wonder...
And no one will be the wiser.

CLAUDIA
Except us.  

While over in SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Dodge Petersen (Steve Carell) and Penny Lockhart (Kiera Knightley) are facing a real, imminent, abrupt end.  And while the world is beginning to be destroyed around them, they discover that Claudia and Leo were right - the important thing is that they had the time that they did.

PENNY
I wish I'd met you a long time 
ago.  When we were kids.

DODGE
It couldn't have happened any other way, 
it had to happen now.

PENNY
But it isn't enough time.

DODGE
It never would have been.

PENNY
I thought somehow we'd save each other.

DODGE
We did.

And that's what I get from these two movies, a little reminder that the magical, glimmering moments of life are extremely rare, will always end before I'm ready, and will always occur amidst a whole lot of other really-not-great stuff.  

Which is why I never try to wait out a rain storm here in Portland, OR.  It doesn't work, the rain always gets me, one way or another, without fail.  And, if I did sit inside, what I'd actually risk missing is one of those rare moments, sometimes just a fraction of a moment, when the clouds break and it feels like the sun is shining only on me, and only for me.  As if it had been waiting for me all along.  

Of course, as soon as it happens, it's already over - the Earth has already begun to spin away, and new clouds are forming.  But that's okay.  Actually, that's more than okay.  That is what makes each and every moment, even the rain soaked ones, so truly valuable.



HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Released: 1995
Writer:  Chris Radant (story), W.D. Richter (screenplay)
Director:  Jodie Foster
Leads: Holly Hunter, Dylan McDermott, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning
Plot summary and reviews of HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS @ Rotten Tomatoes.


  

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
Released:  2012
Writer:  Lorene Scafaria
Director:  Lorene Scafaria
Leads:  Steve Carell, Kiera Knightley
Plot summary and reviews of SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD @ Rotten Tomatoes.