corral, to let go and shake my head a few times. So, I saw “42,” “A Place Beyond the Pines,”
and “The Company You Keep.”
It worked. For a few hours, my mind and heart were involved with something else and not just me.
Over three days, I spent $21.50, $23.50 and $6.50 (no desire for popcorn and a coke so early in the am).
I enjoyed these films. Although I’m a baseball fan, the least involving of the three films was the Jackie Robinson redux, “42.” The most violent was “A Place” and the most interesting was “The Company,” a great story.
Good books are like friends who stop by for a few hours to share life with you. Movies can do the
same thing, when the stories are good enough. Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” included me somehow in the story line and it felt good.
I’m not a Redford fan so this film had to entice my heart and mind at another level. That level was, for me, conscience and memory. What happens when the sins of the past do not remain hidden? How do you reconcile the sins of the past with the self of the present?
After passing some time with an old friend, life seems more coherent and less threatening. Somehow “Company” did that for me. I think I’d go see Redford’s movie again, if only for the fact that it encourages me to get on with my own story. I’ve got some reconciling to do, maybe you do, too.