Lessons Learned: The Vaguely Uplifting Death Film
When people say there’s nothing on television, I truly believe them. Networks flooded with reality shows (that are far from realistic) fail to provide the quality programming that ruled the airwaves when I was a child. So when one channel shows two fairly decent movies in a row on a Saturday afternoon, no less, I jump for joy to know I do not have to sit and write in silence. (I concentrate better with background noise most of the time.)
Yesterday afternoon, TBS seemed set on cornering the market of vaguely uplifting death movies. The double feature began with Phenomenon, starring John Travolta and Kyra Sedgwick, followed by The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Both worthwhile films in their own right, they focus on similar themes. Each movie revolves around the main character’s inevitable death, inspiring others to live and love life to the fullest.
However, one cannot help but contemplate their own mortality and what truly matters in life. Notably, Kyra Sedgwick’s Phenomenon character, Lace, experiences a bought of anger when she discovers John Travolta’s character, George, has bought all the chairs she made — the ones he claimed to have sold. Assuming one has their whole life ahead of them, this short-lived anger may seem like nothing more than a blip on the radar. But when you account for the unpredictability of life and the possibility of this day being your last, you begin to realize that misplaced anger really serves no purpose.
To waste time with anger is to lose track of love. Moments spent holding grudges or arguing will only rob you of the precious time you’ll be longing for in the end. When our pride gets the best of us, we need to take a step back and wonder what we’re really accomplishing when we wallow in our anger. Trying to punish someone for their actions inevitably punishes all those involved. We should spend our time with loved ones showing them how much we truly care. Besides, a vast majority of our issues stem from perceived problems that don’t even exist. Arguments come and go, but deep down, all that matters — what ties us together — is love.