Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” is without a doubt one the most endearing, curious, and debated children’s books. It is a devastating story of love that countless have argued with their own interpretations in the decades since.
Following his brief stint in bringing popular children’s stories to life in the most cinematically amazing way possible, Spike Jonze threw together his own adaptation of Silverstein’s story. As you’ll know, Jonze himself turned a handful of pages that comprised “Where The Wild Things Are” into a spanning, two hour epic that encapsulated the joy, fear, and ferocity of childhood, to which he accomplishes very much the same here but with a lot more of his own kooky interpretations. In essence, “The Giving Tree” seems to have been a starting point, while the final product – the perfectly titled, “I’m Here” – is a much different tale than our boy and his tree.
Featuring the likes of Andrew Garfield as the immediately likable robot Sheldon (in itself a wink and nod to the man who provided the content to inspire the film, Shel Silverstein), the approximate 25minute piece is totally and completely worth every goddamn second of your time.
This week, James and Braden discuss how Rick barely notices he’s a new Dad, how one of us is falling in love with Daryl and how Andrea isn’t psychic, so Michonne should start speaking her feelings, not just furrowing her brow, okay? Oh, and Braden watched most of it on mute while getting hopped up on flu medication.
A few Saturdays back a few of us from the S&C Camp ventured into the dark confines of Toronto’s Convention Centre as boys, and emerged as woefully confused men. It was the Everything To Do With Sex Show, and it certainly won this round. We ate! We socialized! We gawked in unbelievable horror! (But in actuality we were surprised with how many informed and genuinely nice people we met – that and a guy dressed as a horse).