Friday Night Culture – Movies 2016

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There are a number of movies coming up this year that look just excellent! I’ll be honest though, the Captain America/Superman/Batman civil wars are not on my list! No thanks.

So here are some of the ones that I am really looking forward to. I’m not even sure if they are out yet, but if you’ve seen one of these, let me know how you liked it. But don’t tell me the ending!

The Man Who Knew Infinity – Based on a true story, a brilliant man from India goes to England, to share his work. Apparently he is light years ahead of the scientists there. He faces incredible racism and prejudice, but gradually becomes accepted for the brilliant person he is. And on top of that, he has very little formal education!

Me Before You – If you’ve been following the site for a while, you know I do have a little romance flowing through my veins. A young woman who has failed at other types of work, becomes the caretaker of a rich but paralyzed man. Yes you guessed it, they fall in love. I love how this film looks sensitive and heartwarming.

Pete’s Dragon – This looks so cool, as fantasy meets the real world. So how does a young boy survive living in the forest for 6 years by himself? The answer is, he has a very large friend! I’m looking forward to seeing how the boy, and dragon, are going to cope with modern society.

Ok so enjoy your weekend! Peace.

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Riding the Wind

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There is something so beautiful about the power and grace of horses running. Wild horses are spectacular, but some of my favorite movies are about horses racing.

The Black Stallion has some amazing moments, throughout the movie. A boy and the Black Stallion are marooned on an island after being shipwrecked there. I love how the movie has the boy and horse developing a friendship together. The cinematography in this film is spectacular. I have chosen the final race to share. At first the boy attempts to hold the horse back because he is injured entering the gate, but then they start flying.

I have also chosen two clips about Secretariat, which was probably the greatest race horse ever. The first clip is from the movie. I like seeing the disbelief and amazement on the faces of the people watching him win the Triple Crown in 1973. This is the Hollywood version.

I have also chosen to share the actual race, filmed in 1973, of the actual horse! Watch how he pulls away!

Horses are amazing and inspiring animals! Have a great weekend!

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – SciFi Movies

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So what’s a great way to spend Valentine’s weekend? Watching science fiction movies of course! OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but I do like this genre of movie a lot (except for the violence), so here are two of my absolute favorites.

Oblivion 2013. This is my most favorite Sci-Fi movie of all, for a number of reasons. I love the concept of emotional memory. The main character (Tom Cruise) has had his memory wiped, but he keeps having flashbacks of the woman he used to love, who he later meets! He also finds out he has been fighting for the wrong side, and joins the humans. By the way, technology in this movie is often seen as anti-human. H’mm. I won’t spoil it, but I also love the very end of the film.

Star Trek 2009. I grew up with a lot of Star Trek movies and shows, and I think this is the best of all of them. This film shows Spock and Kirk growing up and the challenges they each faced. It also shows the beginning of their relationship, which began in the Star Fleet Academy. They didn’t start out as friends at all! There is a lot of action here too.

The Time Traveler’s Wife 2009. I’m taking a chance with this one because I have not seen it yet! But it looks very good. It is absolutely a romance, with some time travel mixed in. I think My Love and I, would really enjoy it! Yes, if you are a couple I highly recommend watching movies the other person likes, or compromising in order to bless them.

Have a great weekend!

        

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Dances with Wolves – The Wedding

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Happy Valentines Day!

I thought about this film last night and wanted to share it with you. I first posted it last year. First Nations people speak their language as a young couple is married! I love hearing Lakota!

This is a beautiful piece of film towards the end of the movie. It begins with the giving of gifts so that the main character, (formerly Lt. Dunbar) can get married. He keeps checking to see if his gifts have been accepted. Then he talks with a friend, Wind in His Hair, the very same person that had charged at him, and yelled at him, in the beginning of the film. Now they are friends.  Then there is the wedding!

When you watch this short piece keep an eye out for two things. First there is the narration done by the main character (Dances with Wolves), on what it’s like getting married. It’s very nice. Secondly there is a feeling of what it was like living in a village. Beautiful!

Blessings to everyone, and PEACE!

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Dances with Wolves – The Raiding Party

This is a beautiful piece of film. I love the way the wolf and the horse let the main character know something is wrong. Then there is the photography of the charging horses! Tremendous. Notice the Native American clothing and the war paint, on both the men and horses. They do steal Lt. Dunbar’s horse but it gets away!

I love when a Lakota warrior charges at the main character, and yells at him! In this clip there are no subtitles, so the warrior is yelling some like this: “My name is Wind in His Hair, and I am not afraid of you! Do you hear me?” He then repeats the same phrase. At the end there is a messenger telling the warriors some bad news Enjoy!

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Dances with Wolves – Why I Do Like the Movie

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Dances with Wolves, 1990 – A Mini-Review Part II.

This film is a visual masterpiece. The cinematography is outstanding, to the point of the film being a work of art. Especially beautiful are outdoor scenes of sunsets, buffalo hunting, and of everyday village life. I love the way the village life is portrayed!

This brings me to the second aspect I really like about the film, which is the way the people become real to us. We do not only get to see how the people lived, (a long time ago), we get to know them. I love the Native American characters in this film. Chief Ten Bears is wonderful. Watch especially the interaction with him and his wife! They fuss at each other just like an older couple would. Priceless.

Even though there is too much of Lt. John Dunbar in the film, there are scenes that are very special. I love when his horse gets stolen (several times), and then returns back to him! I will always remember the scenes of his interaction with the wolf. They are just beautiful. Wind in His Hair charging up to him, and challenging him, yelling at him in Lakota is especially memorable.

I’m glad there is some romance in this film. I don’t agree that the character of Kevin Costner has to have a white wife, but I think I understand why it was done that way. If his wife had been Lakota, it probably would have been considered exploitation.

Native Americans using the Lakota language gives this film a big boost. Great effort was made to be as realistic as possible. I understand most of the actors had to actually learn the language, then they could speak it on film.

The musical score is magnificent. It goes perfectly, and adds to the film’s beautiful filming. It is inspiring.

There a lot of good things about this film and they do outweigh the negatives.

I have included a trailer, with a lot of the Lakota language. Stands with a Fist is white, but has lived with the Lakota a long time, and they want her to speak the white’s language to Lt. Dunbar (Kevin Costner).

By the way when you see the word Sioux in the subtitles it is incorrect. That is an English word from the French, and the Lakota in this movie and in other places use the word Lakota. They do not say Sioux. You can even hear the word “Lakota” if you listen closely.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dances with Wolves – What I Don’t Like About the Movie

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Dances with Wolves, 1990 – A Mini-Review Part I.

To be honest it’s about a white guy. The movie centers around the main character, to the point of us missing out on getting to know more of the other characters in the movie. Not only is the Kevin Costner character important in the film, but he rescues the Lakota! He saves them. This is not only unlikely but awkward!

There is a self-centeredness in this movie. On the one hand, his writing in a diary is interesting, but it tends to draw the viewer further into the importance of one character. Hearing more of what the Native Americans think would have made the film better. The story could be told from the Native American viewpoint.

I also have an issue with the violence. It probably is realistic, but it seems to be more about selling tickets than depicting reality. It seems that Hollywood is interjecting values, such as, there must be a conflict in order to tell a good story. Do we really need that much conflict? However, in the final battle with the Pawnee, there are some good things said about this type of warfare. This kind of fighting is said to be about protecting families, and provisions for the winter, instead of having a political agenda. I get that.

One final aspect I don’t like about the film is when it begins, and ends. The film should begin once the main character is on the prairie, or at least en-route there. The beginning of the film with the Civil War scenes, his being decorated (again as a hero!), the commander committing suicide, are all unnecessary, and do not add to the film. A good place to start the film would be once he arrives at the fort that has been abandoned.

For me, the film should end when Ten Bears (the chief) is holding a Spanish helmet, talking about defending the land, and they will continue to do so. After that point, there is a lot of violence that does not add to the film, or the story. It goes downhill from there. The ending is somewhat embarrassing, with the main character being a wonderful hero in an unrealistic way. If you ever read the book, the ending is much better, and a whole lot more believable.

I’ll write more next time on what I do like about the film! I have included a short trailer in order to provide some beautiful images that the film has. You will notice right away though the emphasis, or what I call the over emphasis, on the main character.

 

 

 

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1938

1938

I was laughing, at Cary Grant,

and Katharine Hepburn,

black and white,

until I started remembering,

the history.

Madmen were alive then, drunk,

on power and racism,

speaches of hate, war,

twisted cross, fire and bombs,

millions of dead bones to their credit.

Accountable for each fragment,

each ruined life.

I also noticed

there were no African Americans,

in that movie,

prosperity was for whites only.

Decades later,

the struggle, protests,

sitting, in the front of the bus,

Rev. King being a light,

water cannons,

turned on humans. Marches.

“I have a dream…”

An entire group of people,

fighting,

to be considered equals,

PEOPLE.

So the movie isn’t funny,

anymore.

A lot was about to happen,

1938, and beyond.

 

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Movie Reviews – My All Time Favorites

My All Time Favorite Movies

You can tell a lot from a person from the kinds of movies they watch. Some like action films or science fiction. Others like romance or comedies. I have thought a lot about the movies that I like and wanted to share with you a list of my all-time favorites. Eventually I would like to review each one in more detail.

When you look at this list you will learn a lot about me. Many are deeply spiritual. I love films with character, and that deal with serious issues in tangible ways. Characters need to be real and have depth. Films also need to have a good ending. Yet I also like films with humor, and romance. Sleepless in Seattle would be a good example. I also really like cross-cultural themes in films. The films on this list have great endings (for the most part).

Unconditional is my all-time favorite for a lot of reasons. The beginning is sad but it is real, and goes beyond the raw emotions of grief. It shows the main character, Samantha grappling with the concepts of the meaning of life, and overcoming hopelessness. Been there! She does overcome, through forgiveness, and with the help of a childhood friend she meets again, who helps children in the inner city. She finds meaning in helping others. She is changed. Oh by the way, before tragedy struck her life, she was a children’s book author. When she regains hope she can create again! You have got to see this film! It deals with racism, forgiveness, ministry, death, overcoming, hope, and much more. It is filled with love! The ending is fantastic!

A Walk in the Clouds, is a beautiful film. This film is rich with honor, love, dreams dying and coming back to life, and with the main character finding who he is by finding love. He finds healing. He finds his place in life with a Mexican-American family. This family finds healing too. Oh, and there is wine, and love. This film is awesome. I will save the rest for the review!

Even though I am a Christian I generally do not like overtly Christian films, with the exception of, Facing the Giants. I don’t like films that are preachy. This is a football movie but much more than that, it is a film about overcoming. Against all odds a football coach turns his life around and then has a positive impact on his team, which changes the lives of the players. This film is a winner!

We Bought a Zoo, may seem like a light weight by looking at the cover, but it not only has depth, it is a very sensitive film about a family that has suffered the loss of the wife and mother. The husband (starring Matt Damon) is determined to save his family (and himself) out of the depths of despair and grief. He is willing to go to great lengths to do so. A new start is the answer, and yes they do buy a zoo! It has a great ending, and life is reborn. Watch how the family is transformed due to dealing with their grief and allowing love to come in. Wow.

Namesake is an incredible film about an Indian couple coming to the U. S. and beginning a new life. It is also about their children, the changing culture both in this country and in their family. It is filled with the search for meaning, love, family, and what is success? It is complex and very cross-cultural, but the film is done so well, and has so much love in it, as we watch the characters deal with different issues they face, including a failed marriage. Why did the marriage fail? They married for the wrong reasons. In the end the mother returns to her love of singing.

I round out this list with October Baby. At first this seems like a typical teenager movie, with young people going to the beach and hanging out with friends. It changes though as the main character finds out why she has health problems and that she was adopted. The middle of the film deals with the issue of abortion and not only the horror of it, but the long term damaging effects. It is not overtly Christian but without question this is a pro-life movie with a lot to say. The ending is all about redemption and healing! Thank God for healing!

Warning: Many of these films are rated PG-13 and are not suitable for children due to their mature themes. Please, please, be careful. If you’re a parent or an older teen though – enjoy!

My Top Fifteen Favorite Movies

1. Unconditional

2. A Walk in the Clouds

3. The Ultimate Gift

4. Facing the Giants

5. The Kingdom of Heaven (with Gregory Peck)

6. It’s a Wonderful Life

7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

8. We Bought a Zoo

9. The Perfect Game

10. Fill the Void

11. Young Victoria

12. Miracle on 34th Street (original)

13. Namesake

14. Sleepless in Seattle

15. October Baby

 

 

 

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