Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
I’m not sure where I’d heard about this movie, but it had been on my list for a while, so I gave it a shot last night. I was confident I’d be in for a treat because of its impeccable Rotten Tomatoes rating, but I was left disappointed. Fruitvale Station is a film based on the true story of the murder of a young black man named Oscar. Most of the film shows us what Oscar’s life is like during his final hours on Earth. He confessed to his girlfriend he’s lost his job, he celebrates his mother’s birthday, and then he spends the night enjoying the New Years Eve celebrations with his friends. It’s just as he’s looking to get home that he gets mixed up with the wrong cops and tragically killed. It’s a touching tale, but I often felt bored during the film, like the scenes showing Oscar’s life were filler for the drama to come. Still, it opened my eyes to such a senseless tragedy, which I commend it for.
Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University
After watching Inside Out last week, I figured I might as well catch up on other Pixar films I hadn’t seen. First up was Monster’s University, the prequel to Monsters, Inc. Despite getting only good reviews (Inside Out got stellar ones), I thought Monster’s University was even better than Pixar’s latest. It’s ridiculously funny, and it’s great getting and insight into how Mike and Sully’s relationship formed. There are some lessons about honesty, perseverance, and friendship in there, too. Of course, I couldn’t watching the prequel without another viewing of Monsters, Inc., which I hadn’t seen in years. Man, the animation looks so dated compared to what qualifies as good nowadays. I can’t believe that’s as good as it got back then. Still, Monsters, Inc. has such a heartwarming tale, and it’s the original, so I can’t ignore its greatness.