sicko, and the american way

Posted on July 4, 2007. Filed under: Movies, Politics |

Brian and I saw Sicko last night and while I was aware of the Health Care and Insurance situation in the US, I wasn’t aware of some of the ludicrous denial statements (like you’re too young to have cervical cancer — are you kidding me?), or the doctor pay-offs, but I’m not surprised.

What shocked me, and what was I’m sure a very deliberate parallel within the film was meeting the parents of a family of four who had lost everything because they got sick. They certainly didn’t ask to become ill, nor did they expect to be living out their days in their daughter’s basement (in one room that wasn’t even cleaned out for them) but, even after watching the film in its entirety I’m most angry and frustrated with the children of this couple. I’m still angry with them.

Their son and daughter both made it quite clear that their parents were a burden and that they frankly could care less what happened to them so long as they didn’t have to take care of them. They were lazy and selfish and an apt representation of much of America. This family was a microcosm of American society and is so indicative of the overarching Health Care and Insurance industry’s mentality of “we don’t want to take care of you”. If your own children don’t want to take care of you and an HMO doesn’t want to take care of you then you are left on your own.

The rest of the countries depicted — the social welfare countries such as Canada, France and England have engraved into their psyche that you care for those who cannot care for themselves. It is imperative to act as a country to ensure health, safety and happiness of the greatest number of people, not to secure the wealth of the few elite at the top or the unethical drug and insurance companies. Even Cuba’s Health Care was represented in a fashionable manner — though you have to think that an inhaler costs only 5 cents in a country like Cuba because of communism. Capitalism — the American way is really what there is to blame for the lack of Universal Health care.

As a Canadian, despite my frustrations with the doctors that I have encountered (and that naturopathy isn’t covered under OHIP — well, not really, though it would be nice) I would gladly pay taxes into the system to ensure that we have a healthy nation and that if you’re sick the only thing you have to worry about is getting better not about whether you’re in the right hospital as you’re child dies, or if you should have had your illness pre-approved.

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reign over me

Posted on April 20, 2007. Filed under: Movies |

Brian and I met at AMC last night and saw Reign Over Me. I thought that the story was really well told. Not too over the top (except for the blatant plane imagery in the video game Adam Sandler was playing). But, for the most part everything was understated and just a really good, and very connectable (if connectable is a word, which I’m guessing its not) story. The best part was that it was AMC move watchers night so I got free popcorn for Brian (wish I could eat that stuff!) and there were only 2 other people in the theatre! We’ll have to do that more often for sure!

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easter 2007

Posted on April 9, 2007. Filed under: Candida, Family, Movies, The Little Bro |

Well, in my 27th year, my brother and I had our last easter egg hunt yesterday. I know, I know, I’m much too old for this, but I was able to have an extended childhood due to my brother’s being 12 years my junior.

I remember when he was really small and we would hunt for eggs. His were all down low so that he could reach and mine were all up high. I noticed yesterday that I couldn’t see on the tops of cabinets while I reached up with ease and snatched the eggs away.

Not that it really mattered as I can’t eat sugar due to the candida diet. I’m so used to it now that it’s over a year and a half, but my dear sweet mom actually made me chocolate (gluten, dairy and sugar free) in the form of little chicks and hid them around the house. She really is the best mom ever.

It was also fun to have to “go home” for Easter. Now that I’ve moved into the condo, it’s already nice to have a homecooked meal and to visit with everyone. The little bro especially enjoyed my being there this weekend as I got him out of a scrap or two. Ah, he is definitely becoming a defiant teenage boy. But a good one.

I also saw 4 movies this weekend, which is very unusual for me — Brian and I saw Premonition, and I also watched 13 going on 30, Napolean Dynamite and The Pursuit of Happyness — plus 2 hockey games. Way more tv viewing than I am used to! But it was relaxing. Unfortunately I now have to study and finish and assignment for my courses — these were much neglected this weekend. But, I’m almost in the clear!

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the pursuit of happyness

Posted on January 21, 2007. Filed under: Family, Movies |

I have wanted to see The Pursuit of Happyness since I saw the first trailer way back when.

Brian and I finally made it tonight and it was so well done. I thought that the story was inspirational in the way that makes you feel like you really do have to go for what you want and determination and sheer will power are qualities that are the most admirable (at least to me). The main character actually reminded me so very much of my grandfather. His willpower, determination and intelligence brought him from nothing to a wonderful life that he built every piece of. I like to hope and to think that I share those qualities with him; that they are in some way genetic. I miss him so very much.

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little miss sunshine

Posted on October 7, 2006. Filed under: Movies |

I can’t even describe how beyond fantastic and perfect the movie Little Miss Sunshine is. Let’s just say I have never laughed so hard at a film, nor have I EVER laughed and cried at the same time at a movie for so long that I could no longer breathe. Not even just required viewing — it’s perfection!

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devil wears prada not bad

Posted on September 11, 2006. Filed under: Books, Movies |

I read The Devil Wears Prada on my vacation and I have to say that I liked the storyline in the movie better than the book. Probably for the first and only time ever. The book was okay, and entertaining enough, but the tweaks to the plot line made the story so much more engaging on the big screen.

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old school

Posted on July 17, 2006. Filed under: Family, Movies |

I just watched Old School on CBC — can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. I think the trailers made it look more stupid than it was, and I didn’t want to waste my time, but it was quite entertaining and the entire fam watched it together.

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a confession

Posted on July 3, 2006. Filed under: Books, Movies, Theatre |

I don’t read reviews of anything or jacket copy of books. I don’t like to read the synopsis of a play in a program. I don’t want to know what the thing that is about to happen to me will be in detail before I experience it. And I don’t take what other people think about a book or movie into account when deciding whether to see it or not. The only exception, I suppose would be movie trailers — you can’t really escape those, but I’d never go and hunt one out.

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kung fu hustle

Posted on June 26, 2006. Filed under: Movies, The boy(s) |

Brian and I rented Kung Fu Hustle last night. I had seen this movie on a date with Brent‘s friend Dave (which got a bit interesting when we realized all of the connections — especially that Dave’s ex-girlfriend and Brian had made out at Queen’s one night a year or so before — not that unusual to have the connections, but just seemed wrong somehow, oh and Brian came home and started being in love with me around this point in time too — all very drama and worth a post on its own one day) last summer and thought it was fantastic. It’s definitely better on the large screen — but it’s just random enough to hold my attention. Kung Fu fighting with a fun story line — definitely worth a view if you want something that you just have to sit there and watch and not have to think too much about. Filled with dancing gangsters and lost of wicked choreography in the fight scenes.

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cosby show questions

Posted on June 24, 2006. Filed under: Movies, Music |

Two questions that just came up today:

1. What song to the Cosby's sing in the living room in the episode where the grandparents are there and they're all talking about the civil rights movement — is it wade in the water?

2. Have you ever come across a list of all of the jazz songs that were played in the Cosby Show? I had a look around, but to no avail.

Okay — and another question — what movies can you list that Wade in the Water is in?

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