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February 10, 2013

at the Ohio Valley Camera Club meeting
Huntington, West Virginia

A cliche subject, I know, but yet one that never fails to interest me.  Think of the stories that you could write from the perspective of a pair of glasses.  I watched a pretty good movie today called The Answer Man.  It's a romantic comedy first released at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  From a Tumbler page, here is a quick summary (in their words):  Arlen Faber (Jeff Daniels) wrote a book containing all of the answers to life’s biggest questions, citing God as the source of his wisdom. This book went on to become a huge success, touching the lives of many who basically believed Arlen to be some sort of prophet. Arlen then went into hiding, becoming a hermit who spent most of his days alone in his apartment, avoiding the outside world and those fans who he knew would attack him with unanswerable questions.  It's a romance because he becomes introduced to a woman that he falls for.  In a way, the whole script reminds me of a mild version of  the excellent "As Good as it Gets" (Wikipedia entry) with Arlen being another Melvin Udall.   Still, if just as predictable as my photo of glasses, I like it even if Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 30% rating.

 “I only have three rules: don’t take advice
from someone you wouldn’t trade places with,
try not to do something you can’t take back,
and something is what it is and it’s not something else.”

Elizabeth (from The Answer Man)