Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Hello world.

It's been a few days since I've posted. I worked 16+ hours over the weekend and already have a boatload of homework to top it off. Oh college!

Anyway, I just spent THREE HOURS watching video essays on the life and creative works of Steven Spielberg for my class. I didn't realize he directed quite so many popular films- Jurassic Park, E.T., Schindler's List, and Indiana Jones among others. I've also been learning about the recurring motifs within his films over the past four decades. 

One of the consistent themes is the importance a father figure can have on one's life. Whether present or absent, a father figure can affect the course of your entire life. We all know about "daddy issues" or rebelling against strict fathers. It's amazing how one man can have such power over their child's life.

We saw it in 'Jaws' when Chief Brody went after the shark to protect his son and family. In 'Close Encounters of a Third Kind' when the father abandoned his family in order to pursue his obsession with alien life. In an interview with Spielberg, he stated that he would change the father in 'Close Encounters' to sticking with his family instead of leaving them. This was after Spielberg experienced the role of fatherhood himself.

It's funny how as you make your way through life and look back, you realize how taking on certain roles can alter your decisions. I don't think 'Close Encounters' would have been the same if he stayed with his family wilst pursuing the obsession. Though it may be selfish and unruly, there's a reason why he had to leave them... you'll have to watch it to find out.

More to come.

-K

 

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