Oh hey there.
We had a day off yesterday in Auburn, Alabama and it was delightful. We slept late, had lunch at Mellow Mushroom, and saw two movies in the theater.
Today I'm feeling thankful for movies like Argo.
I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, but the film is based on a true story. It starts by giving a cursory history of the political relationship between the US and Iran, and within the first 10 minutes Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights appear on the screen. John Goodman and Alan Arkin come a bit later.
One of the main characters in the movie is based on an actual former CIA agent named Tony Mendez, who was a student at CU before ANSWERING AN AD TO BECOME A SPY. If that's not badass, I don't know what is.
The reason I'm thankful for movies like this one is because they celebrate the accomplishments of real life heroes. In the case of Argo, it is also brilliantly entertaining and spectacularly performed by the actors.
For me, it served as a pretty poignant reminder of the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens, too - especially the day after an election. I'm thankful for every opportunity I've received as a result of the efforts of people like Tony Mendez. I'm thankful for the fact that, in the US, people can make movies like this one - without fear of retribution or censorship - for the rest of us to enjoy. I love it, in fact.
Have you seen Argo yet?
What are you thankful for today?