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March 24, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love

I watched this movie for the first time last time with my Fiancé Heather. I really did enjoy it. The turnoff was that a lot of my friends said the movie was bad. I think they took it in the light and eyes of a Christian. So, I was hesitant to watch it, but in actuality I watched it without the eyes of a Christian and just took it for the movie that it was and how it presented itself.

Granted, God hates divorce, but the it happened in the movie. Fine. She nor he were Christians!!! Who ever said they were…

Moving on, I loved that she went and traveled for a whole year. I have been to Italy and love that country! I have never been to India nor Bali, but I might like to take a trip to Bali someday.

I think she didn’t make right decisions in jumping into bed with several men, but the point of the year long trip was to find herself, in my opinion and not to rely on someone else(a man in this case) to help her understand who she was as a person.

My favorite part of the movie was when she learned to forgive and release the past. The part when she’s in India and she dances with her ex-husband and he says he loves her and she says I loved you too, but doesn’t respond when he says he still does. They are dancing together like it was their first dance on their wedding day. He’s in his tux and she’s in an Indian garb. She says to him, “when you think of me, think kind things and love and wish them my way to me” or something close to that.

For over 2 years now I have been out of my first marriage. As hard as it was to leave and make that cut, that break, it was hard nonetheless.

I haven’t been happy how the divorce went down and the bad feelings I felt towards her because of the things she did(without going into detail) and have not been kind in many of my conversations about her with folks.

I guess I felt some ill-will towards her, BUT the ‘A-ha’ moment came through that movie last night.  When she was dancing with him(her ex) and she said think good things of me and send them my way. I felt some huge weight and corner lift and turn for me. I feel relieved. I want to wish those things for her, but was having a hard time letting go…still…as pathetic as that sounds. After last night’s movie, I am going to do just that from now on. Wish her good things in her life and wish goodness, happiness and love for her and stop the ill-will.

Sometimes, God works through the craziest of things, but for me, I love movies and He can work into my heart through them.

I feel that the more time that you seperate yourself from things in your life that have happened, the more clarity you get on those things. Such as my divorce. That’s why they say to wait for a long time before you get back into a relationship after a divorce, because you need time to reflect, to heal, to cry and cry again. And to ultimatley let go of that ill-will and pain and wish good things for that person you did once love.

I pray that for those of you who have been divorced can somehow relate to what I’m saying and even watch this movie with an open mind and somehow find healing in it like I did.

Many Blessings!

September 29, 2008

christian films

In order for us to see quality movies in the future, we need to support Christian films being made today.  One movie in particular that is currently featured at your local movie house is Fireproof.  A film featuring actor Kirk Cameron, who is a Christian.  If you didn’t know that already…he is also the same guy from the TV show Growing Pains. 

Referenced recently was this quote from Rotten Tomatoes on the movies recent weekend success:

Coming from seemingly out of nowhere and debuting in fourth place was the Kirk Cameron drama Fireproof. The film, which tells the story of a firefighter who must find a way to save his marriage, brought in an estimated $6.5M from only 839 screens for a strong average of $7,764, second highest in the top ten. The film has been heavily promoted to Christian groups and proves once again that religious-themed films can bring in an audience.

So take your better half and go see this movie and support Christian Films being made today!

August 4, 2008

Dark Knight

My pastor wrote an Awesome parallel of the movie Dark Knight to today’s society and I think it’s a great read and I want to share it with you.

The Dark Knight has broken all movie attendance records to date.  It may simply be symptomatic of a drought in good movies this summer.  Or it could be resonating with so many people because it addresses a collective moral angst in our society, as suggested in the following commentary by Marc T. Newman, The Allure of The Dark Knight: Speaking a Troubled Truth to an Anxious Audience.
 
So what drives audiences to repeat viewings of a film that is, by any standard, a dark film set in a dystopian world with, at best, an ambiguous ending? I would like to argue that The Dark Knight is resonating with film audiences because it has tapped into a collective moral angst about the condition of our culture, and the schizophrenic attitudes many have about what it takes to set things right. In line with our culture of narcissism, regardless of what the mirror shows, we enjoy looking at ourselves. The Dark Knight reflects our culture’s troubling truths: our downward slide into nihilism, the impossibility of continuing to draw from a moral well without replenishing it, and the difficulty of wanting heroes while inhabiting a post-heroic age. The world of The Dark Knight looks both grim and familiar… 
 
The Dark Knight introduces The Joker as the harbinger of a new immoral order. He describes himself to District Attorney Harvey Dent as a kind of force of nature: “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I am a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. I just do things.” But moments later, he reveals his true identity, “Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I am an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fear.”
The crimes committed in The Dark Knight — murder, kidnapping, bank robbery and terrorism — are not otherworldly; they are the evening news. The Dark Knight merely consolidates them in a single city; creating a recognizable microcosm of crime. But unlike crimes of the past, where someone might do something evil to obtain something good – for example, rob someone to get money – The Joker simply revels in lawlessness. He is an icon for the random attacks against innocents by strangers and the senseless drive-by shootings that have recently plagued our nation. We live in a world that no longer makes sense. We see in The Dark Knight a fictional expression of our own world gone mad.

Under interrogation, The Joker rejects the idea that his is some alien ideology. Providing his analysis of the bastions of rules and laws – the police department – The Joker explains, “You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster…I’m just ahead of the curve.”
 
The important question to ask is whether The Joker is right.
 
I don’t believe The Joker is right. “I cling to the promise of Christ who assured his disciples that the gates of hell shall not prevail against us.” (Matthew 16:18

 

 

July 2, 2008

hancock

So my wifey and I got some free passes last week to go see a sneak-preview of the new movie “Hancock” with Will Smith.  Well, I like Will Smith and I think he is a great actor and a good human being in real life as well.  This movie was real funny.  Lots of laughs and action as well.  The co-stars, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman both do a good job in supporting roles as well.  side note: This is Will’s 5th Independence Day opening as well. There are man verbal vulgarities, but outside of that, it was a real enjoying movie.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  It opens up today, so check it out if you are able.

June 2, 2008

chronicles of narnia: prince caspian

The wifey and I went to see this movie last Friday night.  I have to say that it wasn’t as good as the first one, the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.  Are any of the successive installments to any original really better than the first ever? 

There seemed to be a lot of lulls in the movie as well as mediocre acting.  The kids are grown up a bit more, but not too believable in their roles this time around.  They seemed to have bigger roles in this movie and that didn’t seem to bode well with the overall feel of the movie. 

The supporting cast wasn’t that great either.  I remember the ice queen in the first movie seemed to steal the show and display great acting and believability as well as Aslan the lion showing great power and animation that really captivated the audience.  The villian in this movie seemed dry and almost corny.

Overall I rate this movie 2 stars on a 4 star scale and that might be generous.  I would like to hear your thoughts on this movie and tell me if I’m too harsh or not enough.

 

November 27, 2007

movies

I am an avid movie fan.  I love all types of movies.  Old b&w ones, new CGI ones, animation, action, drama and comedy.  I have thought about what attracts me to movies and I find myself going to flicks that tend to have a lot of action in them i.e. the latest Die Hard saga.  I guess it’s because I’m a guy and like that sort of stuff or something.  I’m not 100% sure why I prefer action, but I do, thus my proneness to go see action flicks. 

 My favorite movie of all time is Braveheart.  Have you seen it…it’s definitely an action flick, but has a love story in it as well as good dialogue.  It stars Mel Gibson and a very good supporting cast.  The plot is thick and full of surprises too.  Check it out if you haven’t seen it.  I have seen it over 20+ times and of course own the movie.  I actually get inspired to be a better man and even to take action in my community and do something positive.  This is what a real Great movie will do for you like this one did for me.

I have a link to Rotten Tomatoes(funny name, but good website) that gives different peoples thoughts and views on every movie out there, past and present.  It even rates games and the like if your into that.  The rating is based on freshness or the NOT so fresh.   Just sign up and you can post your thoughts on movies too.