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Resentment and Absolution.

Granted; my father and I had quite the rocky relationship this past year…to say the least. He passed away a couple of weeks ago and left with little remorse for the fall outs he caused during his lifetime. Forgetting the damages he caused in his relationships with others, how he could leave this world without patching things up with his son are beyond me. For the mistakes in the relationship were not my doing but ultimately his. And now I am left with no father and a boat load of resentment. An ironical statement as I write this post onboard a ferry as I head back to my home town to scatter his ashes. Truth be told I really did not want to participate in this event with my two siblings and mother…


Transience (Part 3)

and now the sorrow has set in
the once grieving saint from within
no longer deems this life a victory
instead deciphers his sins
and the tortured soul of past, passes
alone to linger, alone in class
and time was never their friend
it came too late, it left too late…
in the end
and took from them redemption and remorse
let us die alone…
off course…
And God moved forth
With their revel,
Never to neglect the mistakes
Of how one fell.

© Copyright Mani Amar


Transience (Part 2)

I do not fear the dark days ahead
Nor the arduous journey from my past
I count the countless souls of unrest
I am once removed from the dead
My so-called triumphs
dwarfed by unforgiving blight
I am trapped by the flowers of duty
I am haunted by shadowless nights
And so my clash of morals wait
Linger upon my soul every tomorrow
I cannot deliver myself my freedom
I am the unremembered saint of sorrow.

© Copyright Mani Amar


Transience (Part 1)

I have seen these worst days…
rain down on me
They encompass all the hardships
that encompass me
My fortified soul
and my brave demeanour
Take the toll
of heartless raging drums
For like the nightwalkers that walk
from the light
I do not succumb
And so this transient soul
no longer carries the light
For the dark days come henceforth
fortified by the night.

© Copyright Mani Amar


‘Terri’ Review

'Terri' on IMDb

The premise of this film has been done to death. You know the one, where there is the ‘fat kid’, ‘unpopular kid’, ‘outcast kid’, or ‘weird kid’ who has to come to terms with ‘who they are’, blah blah blah. Anyways, even though the premise is old and stale, the way this film was written and directed, and even acted by a relatively young cast, made it fresh and worth the watch.

It is worth it to say that John C. Reilly is an amazing actor, even the stupid comedy films he does makes them half decent to watch. But it is in the independent films he truly shines, such as The Good Girl. He did well in this film as well, he ultimately kept it from imploding for the viewer.

The title character was portrayed realistically by the relatively unknown Jacob Wysocki. I think this kid will do well if he picks his roles intelligently. If he doesn’t, he will be one of the many talented young actors to get lost in the shuffle and the machine that is Hollywood.

I am a huge Rescue Me fan and seeing little Katy Gavin (her real name being Olivia Crocicchia) take on a lead role was cool. There were times when I think she dropped the proverbial ball in scenes when trading lines with Jacob Wysocki, but nothing too major.

Half way through the film, things got a little creepy, within a span of 5 minutes, you were bombarded by teen alcohol use, teen drug use, underage sex, motivation to date rape, and public urination (don’t ask, just watch…). But if you can get past it, you can see why the director took a chance on a scene like that.

For the pleasant surprise, for the cute comedic-drama, and the freshness of an old idea, I rate this film (generously) 6/10  

About Me
In self-reflection; I can honestly say all that is good in my life has been a direct result of my artistic expression. Be it through writing poetry, prose, or philosophy, through painting or photography, or through filmmaking, art saved my life and it can save yours.
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