Saturday, November 10, 2012

Catfish (2010)

What do we really want in life?  Ever since man could express himself in terms of language and written text, we've tried to tell stories of attempts to answer that question.  Films had represented the subjects of life choices, loneliness and living a life that doesn't belong to us fairly well ever since motion picture was invented.  Fast forward to the modern day age of internet and Facebook and coupled with a documentary-style approach,  "Catfish" (2010) tells of an unpredictable sequence of events that teaches us that people will go at great length to live a life they wish they had.  And when those around us uncover the truth, it is just as important to understand what drove the lie in the first place.  And in the grand scheme of things, it is people with dreams (and in the age of Facebook, people with alternate, fictional profiles) that make life a little bit more colorful for everybody else.

The memorable quote from the movie:

"They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They'd keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn't have somebody nipping at our fin."

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