There's a Dave Matthews Band song called Dancing Nancies that starts off with the line, "Could I have been a parking lot attendant?" Matthews goes on to ponder what it would be like to be someone else, somebody other than himself. In another place. Another time. Another world.
While the phrase, "You're in another world" often tends to imply that a person is not paying attention, lost inside their own head and heading towards the "I don't give a crap" zone, a tremendous amount of growth can come out of placing yourself somewhere else, mentally or physically, for the time being. Remember, with chaos comes discovery and destruction will always bring you closer to figuring out what really matters.
What the following films have in common is that the characters are in another world - again, either mentally or physically - and they're all on a journey of self-discovery. The films also prove that, sometimes, it's not you that changes. Sometimes everything but you moves slightly to the left, and it's at that point when the toughest decisions will have to be made. Welcome to this week's Trailer Park...
- First off: Mozart and the Whale is not a sequel to The Squid and the Whale. It just so happens that the two films, well, really like whales. Mozart is a romantic dramedy about two people living with a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. Josh Hartnett plays a cab driver who, upon meeting a girl in the autism support group he leads, winds up fighting himself and the disease in order to embark upon a normal relationship.
- Jeremy Piven plays a Hollywood agent so well on Entourage, why not see if that carries over to the big screen? Talk about people who live in another world, Keeping up with the Steins tells of one family's quest to host the greatest, most expensive Bar-Mitzvah evah...only because they have to keep up with what everyone else is doing. Problem is, the Bar-Mitzvah boy doesn't want to become a man, he just wants to hide from embarrassment.
- Written, directed by and starring Andy Garcia, The Lost City tells of one man's struggle to keep his nightclub thriving in a country that's on the verge of major change. Set in 1950's Cuba, at a time when Fidel Castro is taking power, Garcia's character must decide to either stay and face possible death or flee to another world in New York.
- Yeah, you may think underground street racing is a bit rad back in the States, but when Shaun Boswell is forced to move to Tokyo with his Uncle in order to avoid jail time, he soon realizes that racing in the Far East is a whole nother world. You want action-packed racing mixed with some serious Yakuza bad-ass dudes? The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift is definitely your kind of movie.
- It seems like, these days, you can't cover an important issue like racism, drugs or guns without a bunch of interwoven storylines connecting dots that may or may not lead to an Oscar nomination...and win. Like Crash and Traffic, American Gun is yet another film that attempts to send a message by showing us how close we all are to a real issue. However, something tells me that, after seeing it, folks will just want to run out and buy more guns. Man, what a world we live in.