Sunday, December 03, 2006


Last night, George and I went to the movie theatre to see "Bobby". The critic Mathew Turner of describes the film as such "written and directed by Emilio Estevez, Bobby is a multi-character drama that takes place in the Ambassador Hotel on the eve of Senator Robert Kennedy's assassination. The ballroom of the hotel is due to be used as Kennedy's venue for a press conference following that day's California Primary and the film follows 22 different characters (including hotel staff, campaign workers and hotel guests) as they prepare for the big night".

He also names it one of the "best films of the year". While I wouldn't go that far, it was certainly enjoyable. George had already seen the film at the beach and he gladly welcomed the opportunity to watch it a second time with me. The cast is phenomenal and all star featuring Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Helen Hunt, Ashton Kutcher, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Lindsey Lohan and much more. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Sharon Stone isn't nominated for an Oscar. Her performance as "Miriam" the hotel's hair stylist was truly amazing. The film is getting mixed reviews, though I find that those who have panned the film, have overlooked the nuances of the film, it's message, and performances.

George was much more taken with film, but he actually remembers being a 9 year old in 1968 and can relate to what was happening in the country at that time, even if only through the eyes of a child. I, on the other time, was only 3 years old. The only thing I remember from that year is seriously wounding my knee in a freak-accident fall onto a very large broken coca-cola bottle. Nevertheless, the film resonates that time period quiet well and also does a fine job of segueing it's message with validity into the events of today, which, synchronistically, are similar are several levels. If you have an interest in that time period, or the Kennedy's ( though Robert Kennedy is more of a background character than anything else - convincingly weaved into the film via several cameos and voice overs through actual film footage) then I think you will enjoy the work. Again, watch and see Sharon Stone get nominated for a best supporting actress award for her amazing performance.

If you visit and put 1968 into it's search engine, you'll get several intriguing results. Such as these:

I don't know any of these people, but the memories that I have from the late 60's are also those of a child, a very young child at that, so naturally, of course, things are remembered differently from those who were older at the time. Though, I do remember people dressing like those in the photos above.

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