Yesterday, I needed to veg out by myself. Three options:a. Flip through books and magazines at Barnes and Noble b. Read a book at Starbucks c. Go see a movie. I chose the last option.
I sat in a theatre of approximately 40 people. Exactly 2 of us were under the age of 65, surrounded by a sea of white hair. I saw Amazing Grace, a lower budget film about the abolition of slavery in England in the 18th century, based around William Wilberforce's work, and more loosely, about his connection to John Newton, the pastor and former slave ship master who penned the song Amazing Grace. It is not necessarily the finest film ever made, but it was thought provoking, to be sure.
Wilberforce has been a man I've studied over the years, but it was interesting to see his story portrayed in this film. During his return to faith, Wilberforce struggled with his career in politics and wondered what that meant for his newer call to follow God. This story shows a progress in his faith and vocation, wherein he learned the two were not mutually exclusive: he could follow God and serve in the political realm too. Wilberforce found a way to connect his faith with his vocation and in so doing, persistently fought for the abolition of slavery, and spoke for those who could not speak for themselves. And, after many years of toil, his fight paid off. Obviously, one cannot always trust the factuality of films. I will say that this film has inspired me to read more about Wilberforce's drive and his passion.
Check it out...lets get some non-white haired folks in the theatre to see this film.
One of my favorite movies just may become my new favorite book. I have been looking for a post-CPE / pre-Princeton read. After my recent trip to Montana, I decided that I had to read the book by Norman MacLean. I am sure I will post a nugget or two of wisdom on here at some point. There are quotes and nuggets aplenty in this piece of work.
I haven't been exicted about a movie for awhile. Maybe I am getting pickier in my old age.
BUT. I am stinkin' excited for A Prairie Home Companion to come out on June 9th. It has been established that I love Garrison Keillor. The cast is stacked. The trailer looks hilarious. Come quickly, June 9th.
In the past few weeks, I have, for some odd reason, thought about or dreamed about that glorious piece of cinematography from 1981, The Electric Grandmother. Really. I remember watching several times on Saturday afternoons, as I ate my Fruity Pebbles and parked it in front of the TV in my Smurf pj's. It always creeped me out and fascinated me at the same time. Her pouring orange juice out of her pointer finger? Now THAT is a grandma.
Please tell me that you have seen it, and that I am not the only one...
Last night, Zach and I saw The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. I had not read the book in a few years, and I probably should have reread it before watching the film. Nevertheless, it was well done. You KNOW that Disney had to do their best, especially with the CGI Aslan...and they did. I was really drawn in...it is magical. Not perfect...but overall it was strong. You have to remember this is one company's take on C.S. Lewis' book, and that it will not be the same as you have imagined it. Thankfully, the Christological / Kingdom allegories were well kept and evident to those that looked for them, though a few key lines from the book were cut. Otherwise, some great quotes from Narnia. Also, great acting by the girl who played Lucy. Check it out.
Growing up, I never understood just why my Dad enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash when his songs came on the radio. I never got hooked. This movie, though, with the influence of my Dad, may have helped to change my mind. Just saw Walk the Line. You may say that I generally have positive reviews of movies on this here worldsareforming blog. This is true, but just because I am picky about what movies I see. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did an amazing job of capturing Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Both skillfully sung all of the songs in the movie. Many painful elements within the story, but ultimately, great redemption. Walk the Line has great quotes, especially regarding Christian faith. Favorite song: Get Rhythm. For being a nominal Cash fan, I really enjoyed this movie. Probably will win an award or two, and rightfully so. Not perfect, but a well done period piece. Check it out.
"Everything is illuminated in the light of our past." I hadn't heard much about this movie before seeing it with Adam on Saturday, and I am glad for that fact. Apparently it is based on the novel of a Princeton U. grad. It is a weighty movie, but doesn't collapse under its weight. It is the story of a young man in search of pieces of his family history. Well acted and directed movie. It is a true mix of drama and comedy. Check it out.