Choose an unusual movie for Father’s Day

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Today I wanted to take a break from politics and war and think about fathers, especially fathers – like me – who weren’t exactly the best role models.

But first, here are three great new stories from Atlantic Ocean.


was my dad

Sometimes in the Daily we fall back on a stormy weekend of news and current events and suggest something for your spare time. It’s Father’s Day weekend, and so I’d like to recommend one of my favorite films, A Meditation on Generations, Fatherhood, Loyalty and Duty, a warm, nostalgic look at families during a simpler time, starring two of America’s most beloved actors.

I’m talking, of course, about The road to perdition.

if you don’t see it, The road to perdition (based on the graphic novel of the same name, widely available to stream) is a 2002 film about Irish gangsters in the 1930s. But it’s really about fathers and sons. A gang member named Mike Sullivan, played by Tom Hanks, is fiercely loyal to his boss, John Rooney (played in his last role against the genre and with the royal hyperbaric threat by Paul Newman); In fact, Sullivan and Ronnie have a father and son relationship.

But Rooney already has a son, played by Daniel Craig, and that son is a fatal psychopath. (People wonder why I had such a hard time accepting Craig as James Bond. It’s because I saw it The road to perdition First) Without giving away too much, Sullivan and his young son, Michael, must go to the Llam. It’s a road trip movie between a father and son, except for the Tommy Guns and the Stone Slayer.

You may find this an unusual recommendation. bear with me.

When Father’s Day comes around, I naturally think of my father. I’ve never been able to connect all of these Hallmark cards, Ward Cleaver Pictures. My father was a complex man, which is what sons say when we mean “He was terribly flawed in many ways, but he loved me.” He bore many sins and had many shortcomings, but he had a firm moral charter in dealing with others and was known to do so. He kept his word, paid his debts, and treated others with respect. He was the kind of guy who would walk into a local bar and his peers would call him Nick but younger men would tirelessly refer to him as “Mr. Nichols.” Even our youngest Neighbour He called him “Mr. Nichols” with great affection. (When he died, I sold his house to one of the children who had grown up next to him.)

I think most of us had parents who weren’t perfect. It wasn’t my job, and yet it taught me important things: to do an honest daily job. I love your country. Do things you have to do, even if they are unpleasant. Never hold back if you know you are right. Be polite in public.

He also taught me how to gamble and showed me how to spot someone dealing from the bottom of a deck of cards.

He wasn’t planned for a good husband or father, and he knew it. When I was in my thirties, he confessed to my mother that he thought I grew up to be a better man than him. This is hard to tell about your dad, it’s both a source of pride and sadness. (I will have more to say of the fathers and men I knew growing up, On my newsletter from Peacefield this weekend.)

Which brings me back to The road to perdition. When Sullivan has to run with Michael (played by young Tyler Hoechlin), the son finally learns what a father he already worships for a living does. As you know Rooney – based on a real Irish godfather John Patrick LooneyNot very kind, but a cold-blooded killer. These guys (and this is pretty much a man movie) are the rascals, but they have a code, and their obedience to that law leads them to tragic choices.

The last line of the movie (again, without spoiling anything) is what connects it all to my childhood memories. Young Michael recalls, “When people ask me if Michael Sullivan is a good man, or if there is no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I only tell them: He was my father.”

This is the most honest thing most of us can say about our parents. We love them, and they love us, and that’s enough.


today’s news
  1. Food and Drug Administration authorized Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children up to six months of age. If the CDC votes to recommend the shots this weekend, it could be available as early as next week.
  2. In a speech at the International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg today, Russian President Vladimir Putin Referred to The United States as a declining world power claimed that Russia was forced to fight its war on Ukraine.
  3. Stores wobbling Today after an eventful week in which Wall Street entered a bear market and the Federal Reserve announced a significant increase in interest rates.

dispatches

evening reading
Illustration of a Civil War soldier walking with rifle slung over his shoulder and bag strapped to it shedding gold coins
(Eric Carter)

Did the FBI steal nine tons of Civil War gold?

Chris Heath’s story

The FBI was excited. This was evident from the agency’s March 9, 2018, affidavit seeking court permission to dig a Pennsylvania hillside in search of Civil War gold.

Read the full article.

more than Atlantic Ocean


Culture Break
Blurry image of a man breastfeeding a baby, topped with red, blue and yellow lunar incisors
(Katie Martin/The Atlantic; Getty)

Read. Chris Bachelder’s novel Abbott is waiting Turns fatherhood into an art. Ulysses he is The book that never stops changingand Scott Hirschwitz new book suggest it Children are actually the best philosophers.

Or take a look at one of these great works, released in 2020, that you may have missed.

Watch. catch up to BarryShow this I got better Because he stayed away from comedy.

If you’re in the mood for a movie night at home, pick something from our critic’s list of 2020 Movies that will save you summer. And if you haven’t seen Top Gun: Maverick Then what are you waiting for?

Listen. In the new podcast, How do you start over?the hosts talk about what it means to be “One at heart.”

Play our daily crossword puzzle.


That’s it for the week. We’ll celebrate June 19th on Monday and come back on Tuesday. If you need something a little darker for Father’s Day, I think you can watch it big daddy, a movie (also widely available for streaming) that contains surprising moments of warmth and a bit of laughter – along with a good ’90s soundtrack featuring Sheryl Crow, Shawn Mullins, and Grubbage, among others – despite being a mid-level car for Adam Sandler. It’s not great, but at least it doesn’t smoke sprinkler barrels in the rain.

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