Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant is one of the most beloved animated films of all time, yet somehow, I never got around to seeing it until recently. I'm glad I finally corrected this oversight, because it was incredible! This is seriously one of the best movies I have ever seen, and it will probably find its way onto my ever-changing top ten list.

I liked the movie so much that I immediately went online to purchase my own copy. I also decided to purchase the book it is based on.

I liked the book. It isn't as good as the movie, but it is still worth reading. It is quite a bit different though, and doesn't have the relationships or themes of the movie. Also the characters aren't really developed at all in the book, which is unfortunate.
The Iron Giant is a rare example of a film that takes a loose idea from a book, and then expands the concept to become even greater and more meaningful. Another great example of this, is Big Fish.

The thing I like best about The Iron Giant is how profound and genuinely moving it is. I'm not even sure I would classify it as a children's film, because its message is so universal.

Here are some of the great lessons it teaches:
-Things die. It's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it isn't bad to die.
-Souls don't die. The soul is in all good things, and it goes on forever.
-You are who you choose to be. Show them that you are good.

The idea that someone, or something, can learn, and grow, and improve upon themselves, is a good story that is well worth telling. But when that growth culminates with the person becoming self-sacrificing for the benefit of others, it becomes one of the most noble stories that can be told.

I absolutely love everything about The Iron Giant, and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Maxima

On Saturday, September 27, I was in a car accident.

I was driving on the freeway during a heavy rain storm in my 2001 Nissan Maxima.

I hydroplaned and hit the concrete barrier.

While spinning out of control, I had some very specific thoughts.

I wondered if I was about to die.

If I survived, I was scared for how badly I was about to be injured.

When I hit the barrier, my sunglasses fell off, the car rebounded like a bumper car, spun around, and came to rest on the shoulder.

That's it. That's all that happened.

I was incredibly surprised at how mild the impact was. It was very gentle.

When I realized that I was ok and out of harm's way, I was grateful that my car handled the accident so well.

My trusted Maxima did it's job and took the full force of the impact in order to protect me.

I was lucky.

The police officer that stopped to help me said that the car wasn't leaking any fluids, and that the wheels looked undamaged, so I should be fine to drive it home. I was amazed at how well it drove after having its front end bashed in.

Unfortunately, when I took it around for repair estimates, everyone agreed that the frame was extremely damaged, and that it would cost roughly twice the value of the car to repair.

It has been determined as a "total loss".

I'm going to miss driving my Maxima. I know it wasn't the best looking car, but it had great power from its 3.0L V6; and its 5-speed manual transmission made it very quick and responsive.  I like it a lot, and it was very fun to drive.

Unfortunately it is time for the Maxima and I to part ways. It was a good car, and I enjoyed our time together.

Thanks for protecting me!

Here is a link to my post when I first purchased the car. :)

P.S. I'm also grateful for the two people who stopped to see if I was ok, and for the Highway Patrol officer who stopped to help me, and for the officer who ran a slow down procedure so that I could get my car turned around and facing the right direction.