Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks: I wondered in the first 30 minutes how accurate this story of Pamela Travers consulting to the Disney production team – in the early 1960’s – might be for her consent to the licensing of her character, Mary Poppins. Sure, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson lend a resounding credibility for the movie, but is their presence irrefutable credibility to the accuracy of the story? Is the entire movie a warm-up for the next Mary Poppins?

The story unfolded and it is nothing short of beautifully heartbreaking and encompassing. The permanence of Mrs Traver’s grief of her father’s death and the magical embodiment of the nurse who came to attend his final days, objectified into the mystical and fictional Mary Poppins, seemed plausible and marketable for Disney’s continuation of the Poppins franchise. But would they dare? They did. It was also fantastic.

Cut to one of the many scenes of a conversation with Travers and the Disney writers, noting a simple reel-to-reel audio recorder. I turned to Jaimi, “I want to know if they still have those tapes! What I would give to hear those conversations! She’s impossible!”

I must not have been alone. Watch the movie. Then stay through the credits. Wait for the original pictures. Then listen to the audio from one of the reel-to-reel.

It’s not often you are allowed to see through the veil of sales and marketing to find the very real life inspiration of fiction. This appears to be the real thing.

Embarrassing Bodies (Netflix)

Embarrassing Bodies (Netflix) – This one is “Not Rated” which means all bets are off as far as censorship rules go. With that said, 3 physicians visit 4 cities in England and give free exams to people who are suffering from potentially serious medical issues that the patients are just too embarrassed to see their general practitioner about.

We all have a body and that’s all we’ve been issued. Everyone has a flaw in there somewhere, and it deserves a physician’s review to prevent things from worsening, if not at least for your own piece of mind. This show takes a light approach to a difficult subject for every person, not one of us is excluded. Not. One.

If you’re offended by being naked or seeing other naked humans in a clinical setting, then you are absolutely the first person that needs to watch the first episode, start to finish. Next, get to a licensed medical doctor, force your way through embarrassment, and ask if you should continue to worry about whatever your concern is. You have one. It’s okay to ask.

No physician will judge you for being concerned about being ill, or for actually being ill for that matter. But no one can help you after you’ve lost because you didn’t seek treatment.