It seemed like an eternity since I last posted due to some life circumstances. As we are picking up the pieces and moving forward in a positive direction, I am very proud to say that my son graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology with Neuroscience concentration. To celebrate this event, I picked the first film of Mr. Mike Nichols added to the Criterion Collection.
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from the same college our main character in the film graduated from. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, who appears in the film as a hotel clerk.
The film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate from William College with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Like Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa , Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. Like any current college graduate, there is always going to be that angst on what lies ahead after college life. As I have told my son , ” Pursue your passion with a purpose and do what you love to do best.” During these times of early uncertainty is where you must have a game plan on how to try to systematically map out the steps to take in positioning yourself to the best possible outcome in your career choice. Of course nothing is definite but if you persevere enough, you will eventually get to your destination. You will have some bumps along the road but it’s how you get back up after you fall where you gain strength in building the foundation of your life. ” Life is a marathon and not a sprint. “
I won’t go much into the details about this critically acclaimed and very popular film as it has been ranked #7 in the AFI’s 100 years…100 Movies in the 1998. The Graduate remains one of the most beloved American films of all time, The Graduate earned Mike Nichols a best director Oscar, brought the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience, and introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman. Visually imaginative and impeccably acted, with a clever, endlessly quotable script by Buck Henry (based on the novel by Charles Webb), The Graduate had the kind of cultural impact that comes along only once in a generation.
Sound of Silence
The Criterion Blu-Ray is loaded with special features galore that will cater to any avid film enthusiast.
Lastly, I would like to share this moment during his senior season that I will remember the most during my son’s journey in college. It came during Mother’s Day weekend last May 2016. The lessons learned in and out of the baseball field will surely help him tackle what life brings hereafter. We as a family would like to thank everyone who have played a part in our lives and will continue to support us with love and prayers. Again, thank you very much from the bottom of all our hearts.
Mother’s Day 2016
He garnered All Academic for his conference and helped his team set some athletic records and recognized by ABCA with a national academic honor. He ended up (in his own silent way) being the career team leader in Sacrifice Hits and HBP to cap off his career. He is also the NCAA Division III record holder for most sacrifice bunts in a game with 3 vs Coe College during his freshman year in 2013.
2016 Grinnell College Baseball Highlights
NEXT UP …The Criterion Collection’s presentation of GILDA