So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger

A beautiful follow-up to ‘Peace Like a River‘. Some choice quotes:

If anything is harder to watch than the face of the person you have deceived, please tell me what that is.

Love is a strange fact—it hopes all things, believes all things, endures all things. It makes no sense at all.

“When I was young I used to dream of escapes, and wake up sweating. Now I mostly dream of captures, and you know what? I wake up calm.”

The Florida Project

The Florida Project is my favorite film that I watched in 2017, by a director who’s intent on highlighting the ‘hidden homeless’ of America.

Highlighting the families that live in a rundown motel in the middle of Orlando, the movie manages to be bleak and uplifting all at once. You can understand a lot about these residents through a single line the six-year-old main character tells her friend as they walk through the property:

”The man who lives in here gets arrested a lot. The woman in here thanks she’s married to Jesus.”

…and the way that a woman explains her own living situation which two young children as she moves into the motel:

”These aren’t mine. Well, they’re mine now. My daughter made me a grandmother when she was 15. So I’m looking after them until she stops acting like her stupid father.“

The movie never loses it’s hope, though. The young girl takes her friend to her favorite spot in an Orlando park, and says this:

”You know why this is my favorite tree? ‘Cause it’s tipped over and it’s still growing.“

We’re all still growing.

Reminds me of: ‘Tangerine

Sicario

This film, though brutal, reminds me of the resilience of mankind. We push forward even when the odds are against us.

“You’re asking me how a watch works. For now, just keep an eye on the time.”

We often enter into situations demanding answers. Sometimes, it is better to realize that no answer will possibly satisfy the way that experience does.

“Nothing will make sense to your American ears, and you will doubt everything we do, but in the end you will understand.”

This movie gives definition to the phrase ‘the end justifies the means’, and reveals the terrible consequences of this logic.

“You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now. ”

A critique of the war on drugs, Sicario has no resolution for you. The film ends with children playing soccer, with gunfire in the background temporarily pausing the game. Then? Life goes on.

Reminds me of: ‘Discipline Equals Freedom‘ by Jocko Willink, ‘Tribe‘ by Sebastian Junger