Saturday, March 04, 2006

Walk the Line



Jaye T and I had a great girls' night last night! We watched the movie Walk the Line. I loved it. Needless to say, I'll be checking out Man in Black from the library on my next visit.

My favorite line is when Johnny, strung out on drugs, is angrily trying to get the tractor up the muddy bank from the lake, after having another hateful encounter with his father at Thanksgiving in front of June Carter and her family as guests. They are all leaving, and June can see him struggling to move the tractor, yelling and cursing. June looks at her mother and says, "I can't go down there and help him." And her mother, portrayed in the movie as a strong Christian, says, "You already are."

It's another fine biography that made me deeply grateful for musicians. Their artistry gives another language to the human experience. For those of us who, at best can only say "please" "thank you" and "where's the bathroom?" in that language, I can't help being amazed by what they can do. Amazed and grateful.

This film also had the wonderful theme of how flawed individuals who have at times done ugly and hateful things, can be redeemed and love one another in ways that border greatness.

On top of it all, it was another good movie that gave a shout-out for Arkansas. I swear, there's a conspiracy to make me be proud of living here.

17 comments:

kingsjoy said...

Hey, we watched it last night, too! I have no idea where that town in Arkansas is...but it looks like Mississippi, so I'm gonna guess it's far south.

C'mon--Arkansas rocks! Just get used to it. :)

klasieprof said...

Hey, Don and I have loved the "man in black" for years. I gave my mom a poster where Johnnie is flipping off the camara..she taped it on the inside of her towel cabinet..!!
He has a GREAT trilogy anthology..Three cd's for 3 types of songs: murder, love, and Faith..I think those are the three. Great series.
I bought my mom tickets to see him at CMU in like 1976, from my Burger King money. She had tickets so close as she puts it..She "could see the sparkles in his shoes". One of the finer things I did with $16.50. I bought a ticket for her friend too.

Darla said...

i haven't seen it yet - on my list for sure.... i love johnny - love the song and video for hurt. if you haven't seen it, you've got to check it out.

and i'm going to risk being ousted from the butterfly blog i'm sure by saying this, but.... you kids from arkansas and your movie recommendations - we "tried" watching elizabethtown (and i remember, ness, you saying you liked it too) - hm.... i was telling david, we were either tired or something, but just couldn't get into it. i loved the music, loved the actors (who doesn't drool over orlando) - but the plot, for some reason, i just couldn't connect to. we tried again last night - michael made it through, but i fell asleep right after they met and watched the sun rise together. maybe the third time's the charm for me?? :)

Darla said...
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Darla said...

sorry... that was me above, removing posts... somehow my original one double posted... it wasn't so profound that it needed to be read twice! :)

kristie said...

We watched it on thursday with the kids. Damion loved it. I also thought it was a wonderful movie. I give it 4 stars.

Darla said...

hey, gosh, me again... sorry for being a pest... i meant to ask, can i add you to my list of blogs so i don't have to keep going through david's site?? that would be great.

ness said...

I guess I am getting used to it...Living in so many states (NY, MA, MI, PA) I try to feel some pride in it, and AR has been easier than I thought.

D, tell the truth. Your mom really was the inspiration for MAXINE in Hallmarks's Shoebox greeting cards, and that's where the "good" pocket in her purse comes from.

Kristie...hey girl! Vin was just saying how he misses his best buddy Edward.

Darla, disagreement on the blog is like pepper...good in small quantities but totally unecessary on everything! Since JDUB was the last one to affront me in my Bachelor post (SERIOUSLY?), it's all good...spice away. And feel free to link me up...I'm flattered!

ness said...

I think part of the reason I like Elizabethtown so much is because I don't actually get out much.

: )

and also, I feel like a failure frequently, so the beginning resonated with me. I mean, I've never tanked a billion dollar operation, but I can't seem to sell the darn "Tartan Toter" I've been listing on ebay for four weeks in a row and my bathroom is always dirty. Anything that helps my myopic tendency toward perfectionism is a welcome experience.

Faz said...

I watched it last night too! Loved it. I bought a Johhny cash CD Today!

Cathy said...

We just watched it last night and loved it. And your favorite line was one of mine as well. I also loved how her parents were there through his kickig the drugs. The guns made us laugh.

Kevin even picked up a 6.99 CD of Johnny's songs today at Best Buy and it has a lot of the songs on it that were in the movie.

I am amazed at how Joaquin (almost typed River there) Phoenix was able to sing like him. Now I am not sure who I want to see win an Oscar tomorrow night - him or Philip Seymour Hofmann whose performance as Truman Capote was brilliant.

ness said...

Jaye T told me that they both had singing lessons. Jouquin is freaking amazing. Loved him in Signs. This role was amazing for both he and Reese and I'd like to see them both win.

Check out johnnycash.com...I want a t-shirt.

ness said...

I love Cathy's unbridled enthusiasm for the oscars. Why didnt we ever have an Oscars party together????

Cathy said...

My enthusiasm is not so unbridled this year, because I fear Brokeback Mountain sweeping things. But I would like to see Walk the Line and Capote honored. Both were fantastic movies.

I am just excited anticipating getting Chinese for dinner tomorrow night as that is an Oscars' tradition here.

We should have had an Oscars party. Wonder why we never thought of it before.

Anonymous said...

Ok, Ok, Here come Poopsie recomending a book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steve Turner, The Man Called Cash:the life, love and faith of an American legend. 2004. It's the authorized (by the Cash children) biography and takes Johnny up through his death. It's a great read! Strange - Robb & Cathy, do you remember that we always watched his TV show? I loved his opening "Hi, I'm Johnny Cash" in that deep voice!
Poopsie

A said...

Ok, I watched it while Jaye T. was shopping this afternoon. I've wanted to see it for a while. It was excellent, and I concur with most of the comments.

I had to listen to him sing "The Wanderer" when the movie was over from U2's album, Zooropa. They wrote the song for/about him, and then Bono couldn't get comfortable singing it, so they asked Cash to do the vocal for them.

In a bridge between Robb's U2 Lyrics post and my new post on Crumbs (http://crumbsfrommytable.blogspot.com) about confession and mourning over sin, here are the lyrics to the Wanderer, that sum up Cash's life, and all of ours too if we're honest.

A said...

I went out walking through streets paved with gold
Lifted some stones, saw the skin and bones
Of a city without a soul
I went out walking under an atomic sky
Where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns
Like the tears when I said goodbye.

Yeah, I went with nothing, nothing but the thought of you.
I went wandering.

I went drifting through the capitals of tin
Where men can't walk or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in.
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit.
They say they want the kingdom
But they don't want God in it.

I went out riding down that old eight-lane
I passed a thousand signs looking for my own name.
I went with nothing but the thought you'd be there too,
Looking for you.

I went out there in search of experience
To taste and to touch and to feel as much
As a man can before he repents.

I went out searching, looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand.
I went out walking with a bible and a gun
The word of God lay heavy on my heart
I was sure I was the one.

Now Jesus, don't you wait up, Jesus I'll be home soon.
Yeah, I went out for the papers, told her I'd be back by noon.
Yeah, I left with nothing but the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you.

Yeah, I went with nothing, nothing but the thought of you.
I went wandering.

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