Box without hinges, key, or a lid. Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
I’ve been reading The Hobbit since I was in 4th grade. I’ve probably read it between 10-15 times. I’ve had that Gollum riddle memorized for almost 30 years, since before I played Dungeons and Dragons (a passing fancy as it turned out, but what wasn’t a passing fancy was my geekdom… some stories for another time). While I thoroughly enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films, I have only read those books twice, or maybe thrice, I believe. Just something about the easy read of the Hobbit that I loved and didn’t get bogged down in the millions of names that made LOTR a little cumbersome in my mind (though incredibly detailed, but like Song of Ice and Fire series [AKA Game of Thrones], it’s tough sledding at times). Needless to say, I’m very excited about the Hobbit coming to the big screen, and I was really, really happy when the quagmire of directors finally cleared up and Peter Jackson ended up with it. [I just saw it’s a trilogy and not a single movie like I thought]. I thought the consistency between the LOTR movies and the Hobbit was important. Peter Jackson really came into his own in those movies.
Despite my love for some of those more popular book series, I’m not a mega-fantasy-geek. I like many genres, and one of my favorites is zombies. So somehow I stumbled upon perhaps Peter Jackson’s best movie to date: New Zealand released 1992 Braindead (re-released in North America as Dead Alive).
[WARNING: movie is very, very gory and clips can be disturbing to some. Though HILARIOUS to others] It starts with a monkey being raped by a disease-ridden rat, and the now crazed rat-monkey starts spreading the zombie disease.
There’s a play on the Psycho theme of son loving his mom, mom dies and keeping zombie mom alive even though she keeps killing (and zombie-fying) others. Best line of the movie: “Your mother ate my dog”. Oh, and of course there’s zombie sex, but it’s not hot (consider yourself forewarned) and sort of starts at 2:00 with sounds and near 2:57 with video if you’re so inclined:
The result of this zombie sex is of course, a zombie baby (don’t worry, zombie baby does not get chopped up in the scene below, which is still creepy and disgusting, again consider yourself warned):
Finally, the movie ends with a house party and a lawn mower used as the zombie killing weapon of choice. Bloody, crazy, totally outrageous. Who would have thought the writer, producer and director of some of the highest grossing movies of all time had such inauspicious beginnings.
So what can we learn from this?
1) Peter Jackson has superb attention to detail. If you get a chance to watch this movie (I found it at my local library), you’ll see why.
2) He’s got a dark, humorous streak
3) He likes the Beatles, who are a perfect example of exploring who you are over the course of life. Liking the Beatles aren’t any indication of having success in life, just thought this was cool.
4) Success in your area of expertise (and admittedly, he’s got his “dream job” so he has much passion towards his pursuits) tends to pull quality women. His “partner” wrote parts of the LOTR films and is super solid in her own right.
So be good at what you do, follow your passion and live life to the fullest. A guy like this:
Can get a girl like this:
(Note: not a super flattering photo, but surprisingly hard to find anything “good” for her as she’s a notoriously private person. Still note, long hair, cute face, great smile! She’s physically way better than Peter, but Peter has “something” that makes her panties wet [has two kids by him]).
So I think it can be summarized that having PASSION in life; a Mission if you will, naturally overcomes what physical limitations we may have, at least to some. Here’s to finding your own PASSION :liftsglass: