It feels as if lately I am making up for lost movie-seeing time. I hadn’t gone to the movie theatre in ages before this past year. Now that I live in Los Angeles blocks away from a huge movie theatre, I can’t seem to stop myself from going to catch a film. This is a huge lifetsyle change for me. I still prefer to go to the beach or go hiking, but I can tolerate being back in the movie theatre. It could be because there are now cocktails or because one can purchase beforehand assigned seats. There is also the 4D aspects.
This weekend, I caught the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It was horrible. Just really awful. Even the 4D effects could not help the bad acting. If you are waivering on whether to catch that film, let me advise you to just forgo that experience. At this point, I have caught all the movie trailers that are out currently and I am juiced up for Star Wars, Justice League and, I think, Atomic Blonde. While catching the trailer for the Kingsman: The Golden Circle they played Frank Sinatra’s My Way.
As a New Yorker, whenever they played a Frank Sinatra song at a college party (yes, they occasionally did that) we would all get up with our lighters. There is something to that song that electrifies one.
“And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way”
Unbelievably, as I sat there watching a silly movie trailer, I got teary-eyed listening to the background song. I held my son’s hand and thought for a second of how he is growing up so quickly and I need to make sure that I soak it all up. Being a mom, an executive, a human being. There are no guarantees in life. And it is not necessarily that I have to do it my way. I just have to make sure I keep trying to do good in the world and hopefully be happy. I know someone currently, quite young, with a rare cancer. It makes you wonder how and why this person? I was also quite saddened ot hear of John McCain’s brain cancer. I’m just overwhelmed by how it is all so fragile. Every single second matters and we often forget that. The irony of me having and experiencing all these thoughts at that moment, is that during that trailer, they showed that a character that had died in the first movie, may actually still be alive. Is he getting a second chance at life? What will he do with it? Frank Sinatra probably had a few thoughts on that.