The bride and I enjoyed a date night last Saturday and went to the Alamo Drafthouse to see La La Land. I’m a big fan of classic musicals, so the bride had a good feeling this movie would be right up my alley. She wasn’t wrong.
There were a number of things about this moving that I found amazing. All of the instrumental numbers. The way they gave every scene the space to breathe. The fact that this movie was made at all! Ryan Gosling’s unfathomable piano skills (he learned to play specifically for this movie and in doing so proved Tim Ferriss right).
La La Land also reminded me of something that has been a guiding principle for me for over 20 years now, but [SPOILER ALERT] it’s something that the main characters in the film got wrong.
It’s Not Too Late.
My bride and I had a rare Wednesday evening with no kids home last night so we took advantage and had a date night. We had dinner, went for a short walk, and saw the Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence movie, Passengers. We both enjoyed it (I’ll admit to loving the concept and design of the ship) and it sparked a fun conversation regarding how Jennifer Lawrence’s character came to be a part of the film, which I won’t spoil here for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
There is a spoiler or two coming here though, so you’ve been warned.
Our family has been watching the new National Geographic mini-series, Mars. I originally wanted to watch for the science, but the whole family got sucked into the story. One scene in particular stuck with me, possibly because they used the same scene in both the first and the last episode, but I think it would have resonated either way.
The Mission Commander, Ben Swayer, addresses the crew before they are about to embark on a seven-month journey that kicks off their 4-year mission away from earth, friend, family, and everything they’ve ever known.
“I want you to stop and ask yourself what really is important to you about this mission. And if the answer to that question is not the most important thing in your life then I’m gonna invite you to walk out that door and go pursue whatever that thing is.”
What a great question.