There’s an exceptionally good scene in the very good The Descendants, where Matt King and Sid have a late night chat. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie. Sid hasn’t been making a great impression on Matt up to this point; he’s likely to say and do inappropriate things, which is great for us movie watchers, but Matt finds him to be barely tolerable. But they have this chat, and there’s a moment where Matt discovers that Sid may have a lot more going on than he would have imagined. This was movie magic to me. The actors handled this moment just right, and the direction, writing – even the lighting was perfect. Their otherwise separate worlds of experience intersected briefly as in a Venn diagram.  You could tell that they recognized this was happening, but they didn’t overtly mark that as big deal, and go on and on about it. Right on.

The Place of Refuge – Big Island, HI

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