Thursday, February 16, 2012
"To Dance With the White Dog" is the adaptation of a book of the same name, written by Terry Kay. This film is about Sam, a man who, after being married for over 50 years, loses his wife. As he learns to cope with the grief, he comes across a white dog that it seems only appears to him. His family begins to question his sanity, while he learns to enjoy life again with this dog.
The main issues in this movie involve Cora, Sam's wife, dying, Sam being the only one that can see the white dog, and Sam trying to continue his life without his wife while everyone else is trying to be too helpful. Sam's daughters hardly ever leave him alone, especially when he wants some peace and quiet, and they always try too hard to appear proper and to justify their every action.
Sam is played by Hume Cronyn, and Cora is played by Jessica Tandy. It is widely agreed that these two are the perfect roles for Cronyn and Tandy because both the actors, and the characters, had been married for about 50 years and were still greatly in love. This means that the two didn't have to really act as much as they just had to be themselves, which gave the film a very natural feeling. The rest of the actors were good supporting actors, but none of them could quite shine as well as Cronyn and Tandy could.
"To Dance with the White Dog" takes place in Hart County, Georgia on Sam and Cora's pecan farm in late 50s and early 60s. Hart County is a rural community, meaning that families stay close together and houses are spaced far from each other.
There may not be much action in this film, but the direction of it is quite clearly light hearted as well as dramatic. It involves everything from an elderly man teaching a dog to dance with his walker, to the dog saving his life. I would greatly recommend this movie as it is very well done and emotional.
Cloning is a relatively new technology that has both support and opposition from two different sides. Strong support is given by the scientific community, as it is considered to be a great breakthrough that can potentially change the world; and strong opposition is given from the ethical and moral side, because it would cause us to change the way we look at human life.
Scientifically speaking, cloning is the answer to almost every biological problem humans encounter. This includes no longer having to wait for organ transplants because the organs can be grown (Smith), curing heart attacks with better hearts, and even making animals produce more nutritious food and milk. Because the process of cloning is a relatively new one, where the first successful clone was a sheep in 1997 (Hutch), it still has a lot of work being put into making it safer and more reliable. The way that cloning works is that DNA is collected from the host, and then put into stem cells to create the appropriate organs, bones, and so on. The use of stem cells brings the most negative attention to the process of cloning, because either uses the cells of a fetus or is risky to get the cells of an adult.
Many people are vocal about how they believe that cloning is wrong because of both ethical and moral reasons. One of the main moral arguments is that the clone may have the same DNA as the donor, but it is not the same person because it does not have the same personality or memories. Another serious concern is the possible mutation of genes (Hutch ) that could occur, potentially making the person suffer from new debilitating diseases. Because cloning is a new technology and we still do not fully understand human genetics, it is subject to numerous errors in the process that could be irreversible ("American Medical Association" ).
Human cloning is a brand new and risky technology that we should certainly continue to research because of the numerous benefits. However, for now we should only work with animals and begin to slowly introduce the idea to the public so that there is less of a culture shock if it becomes more popular.
Smith, Simon. "The Benefits of Human Cloning."humancloning.org. (2002): page. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <http://www.humancloning.org/benefits.php>.
"Human Cloning." American Medical Association. (2008): n. page. Print. <http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-science/genetics-molecular-medicine/related-policy-topics/stem-cell-research/human-cloning.page>.
Hutch, Peter. "Disadvantages of Human Cloning." Articles Base. (2008): n. page. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <http://www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/disadvantages-of-human-cloning-461241.html>.