Today's topic from the Bumbles is all about flight. Spring has finally sprung in the Boston area, and Molly and Andy spent their weekend at a kite festival that was a fundraiser for autism. After a few failed attempts, they were able to get their kites off the ground, which caused them to muse on man's fascination with flight. Here are some of my ideas:
1. The Red Balloon - there is a chance you've never heard of this 1956 French short film, but do yourself a huge favor and rent it from Netflix. The 30-minute film depicts a young boy and a red balloon with a mind of its own that follows him around town. It is a hard plot to describe, but suffice it to say that is poignant and sweet, and would make the most callous adult reflect fondly on the innocence of youth.
2. Castle in the Sky - most of you know I'm a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki, and like all of his films, this one is pure magic. The legend of a flying city, airships, pirates, and a brave young girl...one of the beauties of Miyazaki's movies is his visual imagery, his strong heroines, and his love of all things that fly whether it be castles or spirits. If you haven't experienced one of his movies yet, you should give it a try. My recommendation would be to start with "Spirited Away".
3. The Aviator - excellent movie about the life of Howard Hughes, and is in the general neighborhood of when I decided there actually might be something to Leonardo DiCaprio.
4. The Kite Runner - certainly flight isn't the main theme here; it is more about guilt, friendship and the Afghan history and culture. But the symbol of the kite, which was a hobby nurtured by both boys in the story, was a beautiful representation of their lives.
5. United 93 - just thinking about this movie chills my blood, but that didn't stop me from watching it several times. On the day we finally nailed Bin Laden, I think it is only appropriate we salute the brave men and women on this flight, for who this movie does justice.
Great topic don't you think? This is one of those situations where my lists could go on, but I will spare you. Which flight movies come to your mind?