100 years of the Titanic

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Most in my generation and maybe the one before us are familiar with the Titanic mainly because of three names: James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Leo Dicaprio. Almost 15 years after its release the epic movie had me captured yet again last night when I watched it on eTV. The movie is a work of fiction that is based on a trues story: the ill-fated ship ironically nicknamed the unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg  and sank on the 15th of April 1912, an incident that claimed 1,514 lives.

The centenary commemorations aren't going to be all glum; granted the exhibition The Jetsetter mentioned a while back has potential to be a bit saddening, but that's history it tends to be heartbreaking and often very cathartic. But that's about all the sad the world is prepared to endure. For instance there is a memorial cruise  that will retrace the steps of the 1912 ship and will have aboard it about 1,500 relatives of the people who died on the Titanic.

The movie Titanic has been re-released in 3D and is already making its way deeper into the record books, yes our hearts will go on in 3D. I can see the lure of it, especially after last night's session. I can see myself sobbing in a theatre (wearing those ridiculous glasses) as Jack slips just as he is about t0 say my name...

I have figured that even though many naysayers claim that Cameron is trying to cash in on the tragedy (which he probably is, nobody wants to make a film that flops.) Most of them — myself included — will go to see the movie, which at the end of the day is what makes money. Cameron is clever and I really respect his hustle. He thought this through from the beginning, he could have made a documentary on the ship given his love of the ocean.

He chose instead to give the story faces and background, people he knew the audience would care about. I for one would go see a Titanic 2 based in an alternate reality where Jack lives, especially if it's made in the tone of the indie romantic comedies Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Sunshine  and 500 days of Summer because I care about Jack and Rose. That's just me.

In commemoration I put down a deposit of a hat that looks just like this one found here but mine costs a lot less, which is a bit more than I have.

Cheers to the weekend!


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