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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fences

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) and Rose Maxson (Viola Davis)
Fences is a 'slice of life' movie about a garbage collector and his family in Pittsburgh back in the fifties. Went to see this on Christmas day. Not our usual fare, but someone in our group had seen all of the other movies, and this one has Denzel, a favorite of my wife's, so we went. It's a pretty good film, all about family and responsibility and being human. Not the most uplifting story, but not a downer either.
    One point of contention in this movie is professional sports. Troy had some success, but never cracked the big leagues. His son wants to play football but Troy wants him to work. Professional sports, like most other commercialized forms of entertainment, will make some people celebrities, and it will make some people rich, but you can't count on either one of those happening. If you want to play sports, do it for fun. If you achieve some success, that's all well and good, but don't be disappointed if you don't. It's really a matter of luck.

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