Knocking Around With Strangers: March Films

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Who ever you are , I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Blanche DuBois

To depend on the kindness of strangers is OK on occasion, but it’s pretty risky business if relied upon as a way of life. With these film choices we look at some possible outcomes of making policy from casting one’s fate to the wind. It turns out in these three samples things go good, go bad, and go hellishly ugly. So fasten your seat belts silver screen surfers, it’s going to be a bumpy ride during these March viewings! Smudge the theater and hope for a truly kind stranger to answer your knock at their door.

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The Lady in The Van: A Comedy

Look into the eyes of age and the face of the past to see more than just this Van Lady’s crusty facade. Is it uncanny wisdom that brought a kind stranger to answer her unruly call? Or did the kind stranger in this case just need a muse and this unlikely van-nymph came into view? Such rare and unexpected kindness does not spring from strangers expecting a thank-you card.image

Such goodness pays forward in any hope for reward. The payoff is the play.

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A Streetcar Named Desire: A Tragedy

When a soul set adrift washes up on the doorstep of a caring sister what kind offers will ensue? Once inside her sister’s household how is a former Southern belle to respond to a testy brother in-law? An expectation of the host’s fine character is central to a visitor’s need; personal stature vs the momentum of the status quo; a sister’s shelter vs arenas of conflict set by her brutish husband; strained requests vs stained convention. All depends on such issues of kindnesses extended into the state of nature’s law.

Completely relying on the kindness of strangers is a risky calculation.

What’s a formerly entitled, now crushed, Southern flower to do?

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Drag Me To Hell: A Farce

Expedient decisions can lead to dire repercussions – reckless actions can go down a wrong path in the dark wood. Crossroads in life choices offer challenging opportunities to cast your fate to the wind, but the devil is in the details with big life decisions. Stepping through this rabbit hole could mean discovering an incredible lightness of being. But dealing with a gypsy woman on her home turf is surely risking a lot with a stranger!

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The forces of nature are strange and might have something else in mind. An unkind stranger might one day answer the call.

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Who ever you are, don’t always depended on the kindness of strangers. A knock on the door could bring a scary surprise. If stranger be gypsy the response could be ugly. Good or bad does not go far enough with eternally in the balance. Knocks could be answered by forces of farce.

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About jimmyjoon

I am a retired Artist in Resident with the Art of Hope Project where I worked internationally. I attended UCSD and Cal Berkeley. I now balance rocks, watch chickens frolic, and spot barges as they make their way through Tacoma Narrows Passage.
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