Finding your Silver Lining = Purpose of Life

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There is one part of Silver Linings Playbook that I find to be more important than the rest. It’s when Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character Patrick states his desire to forget the grievances of his past, find his “silver lining,” and reach “excelsior.”

Pat basically states that he seeks for happiness, which is similar to the central idea of my last post—about how heroes should work hard to triumph over their obstacles. Pat is a hero of great determination, who tries to go beyond the boundaries of his mental illness to find love and solace. More importantly, Pat’s goals fulfill what I believe to be the entire purpose of life itself: to find ways to change and become a better person.

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The Simplicity of Something Complex (An Introduction)

Film is chemically printed onto frames that are 35 millimeters wide. Each of these individual frames are capable of maintaining enormous detail, regardless of their small sizes. A light projector scrolls through the film reel and enlarges their images onto a silver screen at a rate of about 24 frames per second. However, the average movie-goer does not know everything behind this technical process. Similarly, the content, or the deeper meaning behind each film feels almost disguised. Ideas, political biases, and slanted philosophies are all incorporated into film in such a subtle way that they are completely hidden to the average movie-goer. Therefore, it only makes sense to become “projectors” in the figurative sense–to bring these messages to light and to take something as simple as 35mm wide frame and explore the extent of its complexity.