04
Jan
08

The Bucket List


The Bucket List

The Bucket List is one of those movies that feels like your spending time with a favorite friend. Welcome to a master class with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, they make acting look easy even with all their well known mannerisms. A heart felt that tugs at the heart of all of us. The beautiful thing is that they take a subject matter and inject it with life love and faith. Both characters struggle with the ways that they have spent their lives and although at first they appear to be running away from the grim reality of their diagnosis and their priorities are out of order. They find inspiration through the lives of each other to say the things that are important to them to the ones they loved or should of loved. In the end they honor each other and find some joy and peace in their short time left. Probably have said to much, but it is worth seeing this in the theater.

23
Mar
07

Top Ten Movies that have something to Say!!!

Well I thought my first foray into top 10 lists should be unique so here goes…The Following is my list of movies that have something to say…in no particular order.

1.Life is a House

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This movie came out roughly around the same time as American Beauty and I personally think it is a far superior of a movie. One of the main reasons is that the story deals with many of the same themes and motifs and unlike AB it gives the viewer a sense of hope instead of dread.

2.The Power of One

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This is a movie that I never get sick of…TPOO deals with the issues from the time of Apartheid in Africa. It is told through the eyes of a Missionary Kid and how he responds to the life that he is presented with.

3.Pan’s Labyrinth

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What can I say about this one…It’s brand new so I don’t want to spoil the story for you. There are deep currents going on throughout this movie. One warning although it may look like the neverending story from the packaging this is not a movie for kids.

4.The Shawshank Redemption

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This movie speaks for itself…

5.The Matrix

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The Matrix came into the world as a whisper and grew into a worldwide blockbuster. I never saw it in the theatre but I sure wish that I had, when I popped it into my VCR, I was glued to the set for the entire time. It manages what many movies fail at…combining philosophy, religion and action scifi and mystery into a well thought out commentary on the state of the world.

6.Schindler’s List

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Again words cannot convey the impact of this movie.

7.Tears of the Sun

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I know, a Bruce Willis action movie…This is a movie that does take its subject matter seriously and takes the viewer on a journey to salvation for a country and a character…and it carries with it a memorable line. “God left Africa along time ago”watch the movie and get teh context.

8.Bowling for Columbine

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“You mean to say that I can get a free hunting rifle for opening an account with you.” ‘Nuff Said

9.Crash (Mike Figgis)

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10.A Time to Kill

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19
Mar
07

This is Sparta!!!

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Earlier this week I saw 300 with a co-worker and was impressed by the movie and it is not a surprise that it has already made over 100 million dollars in the first two weekends of release. Until Sin City I was not really that aware of the work of Frank Miller and the contribution he has made to the world of comics. Miller’s style is brash and alarming but it is also challenging and thought provoking. I am not as much of a history buff as some of my friends, but I will win when it comes to the world of cinema.

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Although there are unneccesary scenes of nudity that almost seem out of place…I am sure that some will be jumping up and down at that comment…the movie does accomplish something that few movies do, hold my attention for the entire length of the experience. The Matrix…the first one…is one of those types of movie. The film is engrossingly beautiful to look at and one will find themselves wrapped up in the films pseudo-realism. Yes the film is violent, but no more violent than say Braveheart and dare I say less than that. The reason for this is the way the story is told. At no point do you see the colour red when it comes to blood. The bleeding comes in the form of dark splotches that are more like ink blots on a page than they are gushing fountains of blood.

It is with some trepidation that I recommend this movie…so I’ll recommend it with a precursor…this is not a movie for everyone. However some things to note that will be interesting to think about and ponder.

1)The dependence on mystics…there is a battle and distinct opinion given on mystics…when King Leonidas consults the mystics for a decision about the pending war and the observance of a particular religious celebration; the advision given appears to be on the surface about a faith in their Gods and the disaproval that will be given to Sparta if it is ignored. However the overseers or keepers of the truth are being paid to skew the message. It would be interesting if anyone could find out what was actually said by the Oracle and whether or not it matched the words of the mage.Further, when King Xerxes sends in his magicians…really they are just bomb experts…they are dispatched quite easily.

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By far though my favorite moment is when King Leonidas stands before King Xerxes and Xerxes is towering a good 2-3 feet taller than him. I could not help but see the David and Goliath motif they were establishing. In the end if you know your history than you know the outcome, but that should not stop you if you want to see a visually stunning movie and an exploration into either madness, heroism or stupidity, wherever you end up at the end you will be able to own your opinion and I look forward to more exploration of these themes.

I do wonder sometimes if maybe it would be great to see Miller take on the Bible and do it with integrity, beacuse there are some pretty horrific stories that are in there????

06
Mar
07

A day in the life of Hiro or Heroes!!!

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I have with patience been watching avidly the story unfold for a little show called Heroes. Ok I know it is a huge hit, but when it started I had my doubts, all the stories seemed fragmented with little or no relevance to the other characters in the story. I’ll be honest if it was not for this little tech dude by the name of Masi Oka I would have left the show to rot along time ago. Oka’s character the conveniently named Hiro, was by far the most intriguing in the bunch. That has changed since the beginning, in some ways the show has to juggle many characters all at once and it will always be difficult to give each character their due.

The last few episodes have been the best of the series so far, on par with the killing Ana Lucia and Libby off on lost. Fans of the show are finally getting to see the payoff and the special effects are starting to play in the stories more and the great thing is that they don’t feel forced they have been integrated into the psyche of the show and it’s audience.

The thing that I like the most about Hiro is that for once we get to see a character be truly childlike with his journey…Hiro looks forward even when he is down to the next day because he knows that it’s going to give him the chance to learn and further use of his powers. His emotions get the best of him as he gets too excited at times “ah flying man!” or when he is faced with a cityscape in ruins “I have failed!”

I can only hope that they continue to develop characters as deeply as Peter, Claire and Hiro.

As far as HRG is concerned that will have to wait for another day!!!

05
Mar
07

Things seemed cooler when I was younger!

I have a theory…as we grow up, things that we thought were awesome when we were younger seem cheesier as the years go on. I do love to wax poetic on those things, but I have to be honest I can only handle it in small doses now. Point in case cartoons that were on in the 80’s had very weak dialogue and thematic storylines. Check out one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid and you’ll see what I mean.

Seriously I am not slagging on this stuff as it is fun to watch again. However I am not going to sit and watch 4-5 episodes back to back at a time.

03
Mar
07

A journey around the web…with me.

I thought for a split second I would share with you the sites that I love and a few that you may never heard of \… so in the words of Super Mario here we go.

Entertainment News

Entertainment Weekly and TVGuide: The online version of the magazines they are filled with daily information and discussions about the latest and not so greatest on TV and movies.

Comingsoon, Ain’t it Cool and darkhorizons are great sites and usually has fresh news about movies and projects in their various stages of development.

Newsarama offers upcoming information including great art on all things comics.

Matters of Faith:

Sermons by Rob Bell-Teaching pastor of Mars Hill and Nooma Video Series. Rob Bell is a gifted speaker and has challenged me to be better in many aspects of my life. He has authored two books; Velvet Elvis and Sex God both of which I recommend highly.

Relevant Magazine-A great source of current information, music and movie reviews, discussions on politics and faith and personal stories written by writers with a fresh take on matters of religion.

I will post more in the next few days…I have to go to bed!

02
Mar
07

This is posted because it’s true!

I found this a few months ago and it still cracks me up…

…so I thought I would post it just because!




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