Side effects of a quick fix

“We live in a world where everybody wants a quick fix for their problems,” said Dr. Sasha Bardey, a psychiatrist who is a  co-producer of “Side Effects.” an upcoming film staring  Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. This new thriller, due out Feb 8, mixes murder and psychiatric medicine and you can read about it in the New York Times here.

It interests me because this is a combination I explored in the novel y1.  The shape-altering young hero of my book finds himself entangled in a murder devised to hide some of the unsavory secrets of a unscrupulous fictitious pharmaceutical company. Director Steven Soderbergh, on the other hand, will be telling the tale of murder committed as a side effect of prescription drugs intended to treat depression.

Check out the trailer for the movie here.

 

You’ve got to have a dream

From the Musical South Pacific

From the Musical South Pacific

The world has changed a lot since  that day in late July in the early sixties when my younger sister had a Hawaiian party for her birthday. We wore hula skirts made out of pink tissue paper and piled into the station wagon to all see “South Pacific” which was making a second run at the town’s only theater.

Check out at least the beginning of this video showing a Polynesian woman trying to get an American soldier in WWII to fall in love with her daughter.

It’s over fifty years later.  Yes, movies have clearly come a long way.  Yes, the concept behind the scene could be considered offensive.  And the message of the song itself?

musicYou’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream? How you gonna have a dream come true?

Yeah.  Still right on the mark.  Thank you Rogers and Hammerstein