Due to an ill-timed cup of coffee I was ready to analyse a movie by 5 a.m. today. I tackled something light-hearted: Crazy, Stupid Love (2011) starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei. Unfortunately, it always seems to be that kind of movie that provides the most material, so I ended up watching it until after the sun came up. The rest of the day seems to have slipped away by the fireplace, where my laptop found a new home on a coffee table. When I reread my notes for Crazy, Stupid Love I was surprised to find something there that I hadn't noticed while I was watching the movie: a disturbing realization that I will need to check against similar movies that include children.
Yesterday Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart's body was found in the water near the Florida Keys. He died while diving for his next documentary about sharks. His death is a real loss for humans and the health of our planet because he was an amazing conservationist. I am deeply saddened, especially because I know he would have accomplished so much more if only his life had not been cut short. I'm guessing I will often find myself thinking of him in the years to come as I do about a high school friend who died in his early twenties. Rob made a real contribution to humanity, a positive contribution and likely a lasting one. I will forever be grateful to him for that.
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