There have been many more noteworthy years than this one. And I doubt 2008 will be talked about much in twenty-five years, much less in a hundred. However being that it is 2008, I think it is worth saying how very odd a year it is.
This is the year that Barrack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Mike Huckabee were the top four candidates for President. For those who may not know... that is bad, very bad! This is also the year that we got to enjoy and experience 'Ms. Pettigrew Lives for A Day', 'Nim's Island,' 'Iron Man', and 'Mamma Mia'. It is not that these movies are the best movies ever made -- although parts of each are amazing -- the point here is the contrast.
This is the yeat that while the world wass witnessing the worst collection of political candidates America has ever had, we are receiving unexpected and under-appreciated injections of life affirming joy, passion and good-old fashioned American can do spirit.
This is the year that while religion and environmentalism are on the rise, and some say starting to join forces, talk about an Axis of Evil!, the Ayn Rand Institute reached the nine million mark (annual budget) and opened the The Ayn Rand Center in Washington, D.C..
Its great to be simultaneously despondent and optimistic about the future.
Insights and deep philosophical discussion on the meaning of the above to the side, my recommendation for your soul is that you take a break from fighting the likes of Obama and McCain, from vaquishing bible-huggers and the tree-thumpers, and go watch 'Mamma Mia' and 'Iron Man' while they are still in theaters and buy 'Nim's Island' and 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' as soon as they are available on DVD.
I've been ripping on or recovering from 'Batman: The Dark Knight' for two days now, but since it is still not fully out of my system, I figure I might as well share more of the antitdote that I have been giving myself:
Isn't it this just the best movie ever! The dialogue, is non-stop. Definitely a cut above anything being done today, save maybe for 'House, M.D.'. The difference with House though is that 'Ninotchka' is pure joy. I cannot help but laugh throughout.
After spending a good bit of time yesterday immersed in Batman -- watching 'The Dark Knight' for a second time, blogging about it and the watching a special on the psychology of Batman on the History Channel -- I thought I bring some joy back and show off one of my favorite Steve Hanks pieces: