Monthly Archives: September 2007

Hollywood Morality

It used to be that every show or movie you saw had some underlying sense of morality. Some shows, like Lassie or The Andy Griffith Show, were even explicit about it: at the end of each show, you got the punch line. The moral lesson was explained. This was called the “Yousee Timmy” in the movie “Speechless” by Michael Keaton’s character. At the end of each Lassie, the dad would sit down and say “You see, Timmy, you shouldn’t keep a wild lion as a pet. That’s a wild animal. It belongs in the forest”

Somewhere along the way, however, Hollywood gave up on the morality tales and the story became king. When I say the story became king, I mean a generation of writers were brought up to believe that anything that you could do to enhance the drama of a story was a good thing. Stuff that took away from the drama was not so good.

The problem with this philosophy is that it’s not connected to reality. The real world has some underlying principles. Movies that ignore these run off into strange places. Here’s a short list of Hollywood lessons vs. Real World Lessons. SPOILER ALERT: Since I’m dealing with the entire movie, I have to give out some of the plot points. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen these movies!

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Mountain Hike

Today my son and I started what I hope to be a weekend habit for us, at least for a few weeks — mountain hiking.

We hit a popular place today, at a popular time, so we had a lot of company! I think he really liked it. Here are a few pics I managed to snap along the way.


What better day to go for a nice walk?

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