Family is important. Family is everything, according to some. I grew up in a very family-centric religious environment. The church even has a manifesto on the importance of family. (Of course, according to this document, a woman's place is in the kitchen and marriage is only between a man and a woman and all else is heresy; needless to say, I abandoned this mode of belief years ago.) My current thoughts on the idea of “family” are a bit muddled, which actually has a lot to do with this extremely family-centric way in which I was raised. I suppose the extreme family-ists demand unconditional love, “my family, right or wrong” type of thinking. I disagree; I'm not going to love someone just because we share blood, and meanwhile, I have very close friends I consider Family (with a capital “F”). (I suppose I should mention here that I do love my family and they are all very lovely, helpful people.)
Forgive my personal ramblings and musings; I'll get to the point: this week's installment in the Cinemark Classics series, the definitive film about family ties and loyalty, or lack thereof: The Godfather. The great Marlon Brando stars as the patriarch of the Corleone clan, a prominent family in the world of organized crime. Al Pacino is his son, Michael, reluctant heir to the dynasty. The film is the story of this family and all the trials and tribulations that come when you combine business with blood.
The Godfather will screen at Tinseltown tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2:00 and 7:00. Tinseltown is located at 4400 Towne Center Drive. Complete theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Tinseltown website.
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