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
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...
ul>First off: Mozart and the Whaleis 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 Steinstells 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.