This day offers an everlastingly chilly reminder to us all…
On April 14th, 1912, the RMS Titanic famously hit an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic. The initial contact did not instantly doom the ship of all ships, but did introduce one of the most infamous slow-deaths in modern memory. Just as you are about to say the names, James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (all Oscar winners), rightly and wrongly, are immediately associated with this historic journey and tragedy.
On the one hand, we should know the names of those who perished and those who survived before recalling any thematic treatment. The RMS Titanic was a real ship and it really hit an iceberg and this mightiest of vessels slowly disappeared beneath an icy surface.
On the other hand, one can wonder if we would remember this disaster if not for Mr. Cameron’s cinematic masterpiece that captured the essence of early 20th century adventurism, innovation, optimism for a supremely bright future and the full-weight of “class structure” and how it shaped society. Would you? In a way, Titanic serves as a, yes, vehicle (driven by a powerful love story) for honoring everything that fateful trip represented as the epic ship battled waves and icy currents towards that magically opportunistic place called America.
Today, on April 14th, we should pay our respects and learn about at least one of the victims. What was their story? Why did they board the RMS Titanic bound for America? Was there a passenger who we, personally, can relate to?
This small tribute will ensure the hearts of all those brave men, women and children will go on for eternity.
Last night was the 2016
Mad Max Awards Oscars.
Let’s get to the main event of the night:
Leonardo DiCaprio won his Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant. As a favorite among moviegoers from his earliest acting in This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (both 1993), the clock has been running to when he would hold that legacy-defining golden statue. Twenty-three years after the aforementioned films and Leo struck gold.
The following scene best sums up Leo’s moment.
You could say he’s officially the king of the world (real and imaginary).
Have a Great Week!
Perhaps, it was just happenstance that I changed the channel to the cinematic masterpiece Titanic tonight literally five seconds before the beginning of the film?
Or maybe randomness isn’t as random (or decipherable) as we’d like to think it is.
With most movies made back in 1997 and earlier, it’s common to change channels and tune in somewhere in the middle. We’ve become so familiar with interrupting a movie in the middle and at the endings when the play on television that we can forget the opening acts that initially engaged us during our premiere experience.
The poker game with Jack Dawson and friend Fabrizio is a classic scene. It illustrates luck, savvy game play and the American way of betting it all on a dream.
And for a particular writer looking for some game-changing chance luck of his own, the aforementioned risk reveals an appealing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of titanic proportions.
The tricky part is identifying that paramount poker game when it’s not a poker game.
And for me personally, I pray my moment isn’t a literal card game.