Captain’s Log 4,544
I went to see Promised Land last night – sneak preview. We had sent out the invitation to all the museum volunteers too, so there were about eight of us there. Volunteers and staff. It was a nice group. It was pretty darn cold standing out there in line. You must understand that is all relative. Cold here is not the same as cold anywhere else. It was about 40 degrees near the ocean. That is a completely different kind of cold than what I grew up with in the Midwest. Trust me, I would choose this cold ANY DAY over sub-zero temperatures, but it was uncomfortable standing in line. Fortunately, they let us in early.
Matt Damon is wonderful as the hotshot wonderkid who works for the natural gas company – getting people to sign leases so fracking can be done on their land. Interesting morality with the whole thing. When does human decency trump profits? Everyone has a selling out point. Each and every one of us.
Damon is very very good, but Hal Holbrook steals the movie right out from under him. Holbrook plays a retired engineer who challenges the claims that fracking is safe and good for the community. He has such a FACE!
Those eyes! Oh, my God!
Frances McDormand is also brilliant as Damon’s work partner. She is also out there thumping people to sign leases. She plays the role with a hard edge, and since Damon’s character cannot handle a manual transmission, she does all the driving. Funny bit. Especially for the car museum guys.
Just sign on the dotted line and you will be a millionaire! Sorry about your water starting on fire or putting your life and the lives of your children at risk. Nothing is perfect, eh?
The movie brought how just how entitled big corporations really are in this country. They wield WAY too much power over the little guy. They have very little regard for people. I know this from personal experience. I am a really BAD fit for corporate America. The biggest drawback for me is that I do not view people as assets or liabilities. I view them as people. Any time people are viewed as anything other than people…..look what happens. Read your history. Weep over the millions of lives lost when the dignity of personhood was taken away.
Take that son-of-a-bitch from Papa John’s. PLEASE take him! He cannot sacrifice less than 10 cents per pizza to pay for healthcare? What an asshat! I ranted about this on Facebook and actually encountered people who felt sorry for him. I was….gobsmacked! Now, let’s take Ben & Jerry’s. They have ALWAYS considered their employees PEOPLE and have treated them fairly. So does the guy who runs Costco. My whole point is that you CAN be a success and still treat people well. Turning yourself into a money-grubbing tyrant is a choice.
Okay….off the soapbox. I have to make an appearance at the museum today and act like everything is sensational. I just want Christmas. I really want Christmas.