Howard Shanker Movies Continued

I can guarantee that on any number of high flying adventure films that take place in wilderness situations or extreme weather conditions, actors are wearing Northface sportswear and accessories.

Back to the writing topic:

Into the Mind

Speaking about The Northface company naturally brings me to the newest film by Dave Mossop called “Into the Mind.” The Canadian filmmaker’s movie is an exploration of fear, happiness, and mortality set against the backdrop of big mountain skiing. And the skiing and snowboarding sections are awesome. The whole film will blow your mind with its extraordinary images and haunting sound design. FYI: The Northface is the main partner/sponsor in this film, although there were at least a dozen more ski related firms that were also involved.

Oh, it’s politics? Then I’ll look up some political-type movies and regurgitate other, smarter people’s opinions about them. There’s nothing like the freedom that comes from a lack of standards, a lack of skills, and the ability to relate just about anything to my own narrow and shallow field of incredibly mediocre expertise.

Here’s yet another page of pointless chatter about movies. The kicker is that I needed all the resources of the web just to do this much!


James Cameron’s latest epic opus is set in the year 2154, at a time that humans are mining a precious mineral called un-obtanium on Pandora, a moon planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. The mining colony’s expansion threatens the very existence of a local Na’vi tribe, a sentient humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film’s themes are certainly environmentally-friendly, carrying with it a faint whiff of a statement against the notion of US personnel infiltrating a new country / culture, in order to gain a foothold to impose their rule. Hmmmmm – that sound’s vaguely familiar…

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July, directed by Oliver Stone, tells the story of Ron Kovic, who joined the United States Marine Corps out of high school, went to Vietnam for two tours of duty, got wounded, then – as a paraplegic – became a vocal anti-war / peace activist.

John Q

Starring Denzel Washington and directed by Nick Cassevetes, this film centers around a father and husband, John Quincy Archibald, whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart who then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance won’t cover it. John Q therefore takes a hospital full of patients hostage unless and until the hospital places his son’s name on the recipient’s list. This film is a bit heavy-handed, but definitely makes a strong case in favor of the recent major US healthcare overhaul.

There are still more movies to discuss on the pages to come.