Thursday, January 27, 2005

Oscar time in Hollywood

Read Barbara Nicolosi's comments on the Oscar nominations to see an interesting take on the sin against the Holy Spirit. Makes me even more anxious to see Finding Neverland.

My friend Leslie Goldstein recommends that I see Vera Drake because she thinks it is remarkably even-handed and not as pro-abortion as I might think. I find myself not able to completely dismiss Leslie's opinion and not fully able to embrace Barbara's. But I won't see the movie. Leslie does not understand how completely tragic I find the thought of Vera Drake. I knew someone like her in real life, a caseworker at Woods-Haven Kruse juvenile correctional institute. She was a kind, soft-spoken, compassionate woman without arrogance or brashness. Probably the oldest of the caseworkers. She arranged an abortion for one of the girls in my building and thought that she was doing a truly good thing. The black staff thought that she had pressured Celeste into killing her baby and gave Miss H. so much grief that she left shortly afterwards. The photographs of Imelda Staunton as Vera Drake remind me of Miss H. No, I won't be seeing that movie.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Rae,
Found your blog by accident. Celestine H? Marys
grandaughter? Careful.........I found your blog by accident. I vaguely remember something re ........Sue

Anonymous said...

Rae, had to add this. One of my cott. #1 girls, age 14,
had no support system @ home whatsoever. She gave the
baby up for adoption even though she did not want to. She went through pure H under sismilar circumstances as
you describe re her not keeping the child, very nasty
( mostly from peers ). All this affected her so seriously psych wise that Barb and I worked a few strings to get her out quickly, which worked. I think
about that poor girl to this day. Sometimes I wonder
why females are so destrutive towards each other. Sue

Anonymous said...

Rae, had to add this. One of my cott. #1 girls, age 14,
had no support system @ home whatsoever. She gave the
baby up for adoption even though she did not want to. She went through pure H under sismilar circumstances as
you describe re her not keeping the child, very nasty
( mostly from peers ). All this affected her so seriously psych wise that Barb and I worked a few strings to get her out quickly, which worked. I think
about that poor girl to this day. Sometimes I wonder
why females are so destrutive towards each other. Sue

Rae said...

My old Woods-Haven Kruse buddy Sue! Welcome to my blog!

I sent you an email to answer this but it might not reach you. At any rate, you're right I should be careful and not name names. I forgot Celeste was Mary's granddaughter. No wonder folks were so peeved. Sigh.

Right on about how mean we women can be to each other.

Anonymous said...

Rae, has the movie reviewer on your blog actually seen the movies she's
reviewed or read up on some history?
Howard Hughes did not have syphillis.
He had OCD and poss. bi-polar disorder. poss. Tourettes as well.
Also, JM Barrie, the protagonist of
"....Neverland was a pedophile, which
Hollywood has managed to conviently
glossover. Sue

Rae said...

Hi Sue,

I googled "Howard Hughes" and "syphilis" and found 3,840 hits -- the ones I looked at all claimed he had syphilis, although of course just because you see it on the internet doesn't mean it's true. It's obvious that there are duplications and references to the same source. But what source do you have for saying he did not have syphilis?

Also if you google "J. M. Barrie" and "pedophile" you get 720 hits, all of them alluding to the rumor that he was a pedophile but none that I read with any facts. Dodgson, the creator of Alice in Wonderland, did have naked photos of girls but even with him there is no evidence that he acted on whatever impulses he may have had. But with Barrie, I can't find evidence of even photos.

Rae

Anonymous said...

Rae re Howard Hughes, he lived with
Kate Hepburn for about a yr. and a half, dated Bette Davis, was married
once and dated many Hollywood actresses. None who appeared to have gotten syphyllis. Hughes was alive
when I wsa younger and I have worked geriatric pysche yrs ago with sypyllis
infected ( tertairy stage ) patients.
He would not have been so capable of
all the things he did if he had it. That
rumor was around for yrs. His
behavior was classic OCD. I remember
when he died.
Also JM Barrie had nude photos of
young boys in his possession. Many
pedophiles pulled off this " art "
excuse for their collections. Whether one acts out their fantasies
or is/is'nt caught committing these
offenses is moot, a rose is a rose.
Many of them never get caught and it's only been in recent times that
society has even pursued offenders
against children, esp. boys.
The sentencing even now is too low,
or non-existant ( counseling? )
while the victims go on to suffer.
Been there, seen that........Sue
PS People can be born with syphillis
just like AIDS. I knew a girl in NJ
who was born with it. She was already having serious vision problems. It can be arrested, but not cured.
Sue
PS Have seen some copies of old
photos of Lewis Carrols collection.
I would not want any child to be
in those photos.

Anonymous said...

Rae, I did a Google Search on Hughes.
Mention of an addiction to opiates due
to a serius 1946 test plane crash. One site called him a " hypochrondiac".
Much mention of OCD type behavior.
Read his conditioin and behavior towards
the end and you'll see the OCD. Sorry,
he was married 2X. Back when I was
a kid the rumors flew about anyone of fame, some of the stuff I remember
make me glad to be little me.

Rae said...

I remember Howard Hughes also from when I was a kid, and when he died. He did appear to have OCD. Syphilis? Don't know, don't really care. I think the evidence is ambiguous enough that Barb Nicolosi's POV is as valid as yours.

She doesn't review movies for my blog, I should make that clear. She probably doesn't even know I link to her. Her blog is a favorite of mine, and I love her work. I saw her a couple of years ago at a Catholic writers' conference and have been a big fan ever since. I don't agree with everything she writes, but I do like her insights about Hollywood and spirituality. She was a nun when younger, then had a scare with cancer, decided that she had only one life to live so she went out to Hollywood to pursue her dream of screenwriting/reviewing/trying to renew Hollywood spiritually from within the industry. I love her spunk and her passion for truth. It's rather like yours - maybe that's why she rubs you the wrong way. You are both strong-minded and ethical. Rae