Category Archives: Movies

Freedom and Faith

In a preview clip from the new Daniel Craig film DEFIANCE, there is a line that has sort of hung on to me since I saw it. The movie is the true story of four brothers who defied the Nazi army during World War II. The Bielski family live in the area called Belarus. When their parents and other family… (more…)

A Belonging Place

Two weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the movie, Australia. Despite what the critics had to say, we thought it was a great movie. I encourage you to set aside three hours and go see it. The primary characters are Lady Ashley (Sarah), an aristocratic English woman, Drover an Australian cowboy and Nullah a half white, half Aborigines… (more…)

Get Your Skywalker On

Last summer they showed up looking scary and vicious. They have reddish-brown wings, black bodies with yellow stripes. We thought they were hornets, but they are Cicada Killer Wasps. Last year, they were a nuisance, this year they were a plague of not quite biblical proportions. The male of the species cannot sting. The females are twice the size of… (more…)

A Case for Optimism

I love the movie, The Postman. It got a bad rap. The year is 2013; there is no government and no communication. There are militias that rule over various territories. The Postman (Costner) is a drifter trying to survive. He finds a bag of mail and a skeleton wearing a postal workers uniform. He assumes the identity of the Postman… (more…)

Light Up the Darkness

We saw, I Am Legend at the theater when it came out. It was alright, but I wasn’t pleased with how it ended. So when it came out on video, we gave it another try. I liked it better, but still not as much as I hoped. The Boy gave me fits about wanting to see the alternate ending, but… (more…)

Whaddya Got?

In the classic movie of 1953, The Wild One, Marlon Brando plays Johnny Strabler, a juvenile delinquent wrapped in black leather. In one of the most famous lines from the film, Mildred asks, “What are you rebelling against Johnny?” Tapping a tune on the jukebox, he lifts an eyebrow and says, “Whaddya got?”  A few years ago, the Milk Producers… (more…)

10,000 B.C.

The critics got it wrong. I heard a number of reports that this movie was bad and dumb and one of these self-proclaimed experts actually said it was “funny.” It’s not funny – although there are funny moments. It’s a serious story that carries us through struggle and genuine pain. There are physical challenges and emotional heartbreaks. Once again, I… (more…)

The Noble Politician

You know the old saying that goes, “The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.” This is true in principle, but it isn’t true 100% of the time. People evolve. My experience says that politicians don’t evolve toward nobility. This makes me sad. My contention is that the higher the visibility the greater is the likelihood that the person… (more…)

To Be Found

A few weeks ago, I went to see the new movie August Rush. No spoiler here. I’m not telling you how it ends or even the full story line. I will give you this much though. The movie is about a boy who is given up for adoption at birth. As he grows, he comes to know within his soul… (more…)

Across The Universe

This past Saturday I went with Brittany to see the new movie, Across The Universe. In a word, Genius! If you like the Beatles, you’ll love this movie. The singing is very good, the acting is crisp. As musicals go, it’s the first one I’ve seen in a long time that I really enjoyed. The story, set in the turbulence… (more…)