Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Orphan" and the Longing Playlist

Last night, I saw the movie “Orphan”. 

 Now, I love psychological thrillers, and, in that respect, this one didn’t disappoint me. But half way through it, I actually considered leaving the theater and was kicking myself for giving this film my money.

See, I’m adopted. And there are SO many horror stories of adoption out there, this seemed to be just another one that I was supporting. I was buying the story – hook, line, and sinker. The writers had done their homework and really displayed well the struggles of adopting an older child into a new family.  I consider myself somewhat of an expert on a lot of the “anti-adoption” themes out there. 

For example, AI was a WONDERFUL movie! Not only was it a technological marvel of a film (and a modern day Pinnocchio), but it was very candid about the disposability of children in our society.  That’s a hard subject that most of us don’t want to face. Unwanted children are the unsightly blight of most countries – rather than an asset. Afterall, you never know which one of them will grow up to cure cancer, save a life, win a war, etc.  They are often blamed for their parents irresponsibility, rather than find good homes where they are nurtured, respected as individuals, and brought up to explore with curiosity and passion, rather than fear or resentment against a world that did them wrong.

Anyway - Thankfully, Orphan  got better and shifted gears a bit, away from a horror story of an adopted kid gone bad.

If you’re a psychological thriller lover, this won’t go down in the history books, but is at least worth a peek. It’s great at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Just, please…. Don’t be like the guy in the theater that brought his 2-3 year old… I mean, come on people. Kids pick up on vibes… do you really NEED to expose them to sex and violence because you couldn’t get a sitter?

Anyway – I’m off my soap box now.

So I started a new playlist today in my Itunes. I don’t do this very often. It’s a time consuming process going through my library and picking out songs to condense under one simple theme. So I came up with this playlist to give a positive, hopeful, vibe to my work day (which feels even LONGER since I’m looking forward to picking Sistah’ Girl up at the airport this afternoon, and seeing Wicked tomorrow).
Anyway – so here are some shameless plugs from my “<3 list” playlist:
Forever – By Chris Brown
Could you love – Nick Lachey
So Close – Jon Mclaughlin
This I swear – Nick Lackey
If that’s what it takes – Celine Dion
We can go Anywhere – Jesse McCartney
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
Can’t stop loving you – Nick Lachey
Private Emotion – Ricky Martin & Meja
Run to Me – Nick Lachey
Helpless when she smiles – Backstreet Boys
Open your eyes – Nick Lachey
I wanna love you forever – Jessica Simpson
Unmistakable – Backstreet Boys
Easier to be – Lifehouse
You can let Go –Backstreet Boys
Edge of Eternity – Nick Lachey
I will Carry You – Clay Aiken
Feels like Home – Melissa Etheridge
Taking Chances – Celine Dion
I Drove all Night – Celine Dion
I will Be – Leona Lewis
I’m your angel – R. Kelly and Celine Dion
If I didn’t have you – From Monster’s Inc
Whatever it takes – Lifehouse
Welcome to this Day – Melissa Etheridge

Shameless plug over. See you guys on the flip side!


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