To The Class of 2014

Dear Class of 2014

Congratulations on earning your diploma. You’ve worked hard, be proud of your achievement.  We both know it was not easy.

I was in your shoes at one point. I understand the trepidation and anxiety of what the future holds, the eagerness to step out of the world you know and into a new one. It’s a frightening prospect, but your life will change, as it often does.

There will be unexpected bumps in the road, mistakes will be made. Who you are now will be very different then you will become in ten or fifteen or even twenty years from now. The life and the career you imagined for yourself may be different than the life and career that you may actually have. But that’s OK, because some things, as much as we wish them to happen, may never happen.  Trust in yourself, trust in fate or your g-d (if you have one) that everything will turn as it is meant to turn out.

Take advantage of the opportunities you will receive. Make new friends, laugh, love and enjoy yourself. Most of all, in this last month or two before you move onto the next stage of life, appreciate where you are right now.

Most importantly, do not let the past hold you back. Whatever you have done, it cannot be undone.  Use it as a lesson for the future so you become a better you.

Change is not easy, but the opportunity for change leads us to paths that we may have not considered previously.

I have faith in you. I know you can do it.


Past Graduate

Movies Every Movie Lover Should See

Some movies were meant to be forgettable and are a waste of the movie-goers time.  But there are some that are classic movies and should be viewed over and over again.

I would like to share three of my favorite classic Hollywood movies and explain why these are worth watching time and again.

To Have and Have Not

This is one of my favorite movies from the 1940’s. It’s pretty typical World War II movie, where the Allies are the heroes and the Nazis are the villains.  The two leads, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall have this magnetic, sexual chemistry. It’s no wonder they were married for twelve years. This movie is a perfect example of creating sexual chemistry between characters without resorting to removing of clothes.

His Girl Friday

Now this is how a rom-com and a office comedy should be. Cary Grant is the editor of a newspaper. Rosalind Russell is his ex wife and ex-employee. She is getting married again and Cary Grant’s character is looking to find a way to keep her on the paper and in his life. If nothing else, just watch the opening scene.  An interesting aspect of this movie is that it was based upon a play, in which Rosalind Russell’s character was originally a man and changed to a female, which poses an interesting feminist twist, twenty years before the second wave of the feminist movement.

To Be or Not To Be

This movie is perfection. This movie should be required viewing for every filmmaker. Carole Lombard and Jack Benny are the lead performers in Polish theatrical troupe during World War II. They indirectly join the war when  they work with a soldier to track down a German spy. Like His Girl Friday, I highly recommend to watch the opening scene if you don’t see the entire movie. The comedy timing is perfect, Lombard is one of the greatest actresses and comedienne’s of her era. The irony of this movie is that Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky) was Jewish.  It takes balls to make a movie of this type  during this period with a Jewish leading man.  There is also a re-boot, made in the early 1980’s by Mel Brooks. As much as I love the re-boot, which is most certainly a Mel Brooks movie, the original just stands the test of time.

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