Anyone who has followed my blog knows that I have entertained myself over the years by poking fun at the "Twilight" series, and it's legion of lightly-imbalanced fans. I hope you know it was all in good fun. Besides, I honestly can't fault the Twi-hards for taking something utterly mediocre and treating it like it is wonderful. I get it. I am much the same way - I enjoy watching Wipeout sometimes.
This might not matter to some, but, in an unplanned and amazing coincidence, "Breaking Dawn 2" was not the only movie to be released lately. Another movie has been re-released which does more to establish BD2's rightful place in film lore than any snide comments I could possibly make.
This month, in honor of it's 50th Anniversary, the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" is being re-released in some areas. It is truly one of THE great ones. Based on the book by Harper Lee, "Mockingbird " stars a non-sparkly Gregory Peck as Atticus, and a newly discovered Robert Duvall as Boo Radley. Apparently, many years later, Kristen Stewart went to the Boo Radley School of Acting. And of course the adorable Scout.
THIS MOVIE WAS IMPORTANT. It mattered. It still does. It dealt with deep themes such as racism, parenting, courage, kindness and countless others. One tiny example: When Atticus walks out of the courtroom without looking up... Those who have seen it know what I mean.
When the American Film Institute ranked the Best Movies of All Time. Mockingbird came in at #34. It should have been much higher, because some are movies ahead of it are ones we shouldn't be watching. I would put it in the Top Ten, and maybe higher.
If you have yet to see "To Kill a Mockingbird," please, please see it. If you can't see it on the big screen, rent it. Or better yet, buy it. If your kids didn't watch it in Junior High or High School, sit them down next to you and have them watch it with you. Pause and talk. Trust me on this one.
And there's only one. Harper Lee only wrote the one book, and they just made the one movie. There was no sequel, or trilogy. They knew when to stop back then.
(Note: I tried to name one of my sons Atticus, but failed. I tried for the dog, but failed there as well. Couldn't get Scout for the dog either.)
|Robert Duvall as Boo Radley with Scout|
|No, Atticus is not a "hipster."|