Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (review)

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Thomas Horn ELIC
Thomas Horn

When tragedy strikes in life we can either run away from it, or face it head on. Then again, maybe there’s another approach. Perhaps we should do like Oskar Schell, (Thomas Horn) did in the heart rendering drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”.  Oskar systematically charted a course to try to make sense of his father’s untimely separation from him.

Grief is something that everyone deals with differently and yet at the same time very much the same.  While there is an overwhelming lack of acceptance or denial at first, this is often followed by anger, resentment, and a feeling of being cheated.  For Oskar it was all these things and more.  A boy who while extremely bright, in fact bordering genius, at the same time struggled with many symptoms of Asperger’s disease (Autism).

This movie was not only captivating but mixed with so many emotions that at times I found myself laughing and the next minute tearing up.  Thomas Horn was amazing in his role of  young Oskar. He eloquently portrayed the struggles of  a child dealing with the sudden death of his father. A father, who was not only missed, but one who could not even be given a decent burial due to the circumstances of his death. I could not help but be drawn into the life of young Oskar, feeling every emotion, every anxiety and anxious moment throughout Thomas’s entire performance.

The events of 911 are brought out in a very different way in this film.  Rather than dealing with the event itself, it instead shows us the life struggle of just one boy and his mother as they try to cope after their great loss.

Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn
Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn

Oskar’s Father, played by (Tom Hanks), did an amazing job in every scene in which he appeared.  Director Stephen Daldry’s  use of flashbacks was artfully interwoven throughout the film revealing life as it was before 911. A few of these flashbacks gave us a glimpse of how hard Oskar’s father worked to build a relationship with his emotionally handicapped son.  He would create adventures for Oskar that would become full fledged expeditions. Often these expeditions were nothing more than scavenger hunts designed to find clues to solve an even greater mystery.  These adventures proved to be the glue that bound them together and made Oskar feel fulfilled.

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One such adventure involved the story of a Sixth Borough in New York City!

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Christopher McGinnis Commemorates 9/11 with his original song!

Christopher McGinnis
Christopher McGinnis

Last February I introduced to this site, a young musical prodigy named Christopher McGinnis. Christopher has been making his mark not only as a outstanding pianist, organist, performer and actor, but as an entertainer and song writer who has written three original Pop tunes, “Dreams Are Made Of”, Time Waits For No One”, and “The War Song an American Hero” which are all available for purchase on I-Tunes and Amazon.

Christopher has been very busy since that first article was published, performing all around the New York area. Christopher, who turns fourteen on the 15th of this month, has already accomplished what many professional musicians who have been in the business for years have not, by  performing Three Times at Madison Square Garden.

While a smaller version of this article appeared in the side bar of this blog previously for a short time, I felt it necessary to give Christopher the recognition he deserved by publishing the extended version here today.

With this Sunday being the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 in the United States. I felt that Chris’s song entitled “The War Song an American Hero” was exactly what was needed to commemorate this day.

Recently Christopher performed his original song “THE WAR SONG AN AMERICAN HERO” at the WWII Veterans Concert 2011.

Chris McGinnis Performs
Watch Christopher Perform In This Video

Chris sang and performed his song for some of the US Military’s top brass during this event!

No only does his song fit this weeks memorial theme but it honors every fallen solder who has ever fought for his country.

Thanks you Christopher for this song and for your dedication and desire to share your gift with all of us today!



The town burned down one terrible night.
I grabbed the gun and decided to fight.
I ran down to main, to maple and fourth.
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