12, 2004 Happy Birthday this week!
||This Blog is One Year Old this week...can
it be true????
12, 2004 Big Fish Review
My take on Big Fish- And it is a bit different than
any review I have seen...Hollywood
Jesus missed the spiritual content altogether Ithink.
Big Fish is another derivative of the Odyssey but this one misfires in
contrast to what the Coen brothers did in O Brother a few seasons ago.
The power of story to impart truth and the real is an important point.
But the movie never really realizes that for this to work it must speak
to deeper realities than can be conveyed with mere words. Story enables
the teller to wend his way about the listeners subconcious and enable
a light to go on. The producers say in a review
they are making a point about how the father is communicating "emotional
truth" rather than"factual truth"...and every Christian review site
I read had no apparent problem with this. This particular story has little
point other than being about the storyteller himself. Beyond the hammy
acting the run on stories never seemed to have a point other than the
father's aggrandizement of his own reality, and I found the implications
What's wrong with this is that fantasy is given as a preferred to reality
since it is so much more interesting. But I ask- what did this son ever
receive from his Father in terms of life lessons or of being able to differentiate
between reality and fantasy? Even at the son's graduation Pop is center
stage stealing the show and all the attention. He is, literally, a legend
in his own mind. Pretty sick.
In the movie the son who is the victim of an absentee father is the one
who in the end accommodates his father's inability to deal with mundane
reality. The relationship is not repaired, the father belittles the son
for wanting to know the truth and not accepting for what he is: a pathological
liar. The sad thing is that if as the movie implies the characters he
has encountered along the way were pretty interesting but they become
pawns in his storyline, revolving around the father at the center of his
own universe, not real, interesting people. The son is only asking for
coherent truth and all he gets is obfuscation.
|What about the son who suffered from the lack of
a father as he was growing up because Pop was out writing his own
story? Everybody likes the father because he can weave an interesting
tale. Yet he is manipulating his sons affections with the stories.
Is this a small foible? Even the doctor, the voice of wisdom, states
he prefers a tall tale to the truth if the truth is not particularly
So, IMHO, underlying the fantastic images and tall tales
is an outright attack on the concept of metanarrative. Tell a lie long
enough and it becomes true. Your story of YOUR life is the one that matters
and if you speak it loud and long it becomes reality. Most people will
see the show as a cute fantasy, interesting images and accept the premise
that since the son cops to Dad's fantasy in the end its all OK.
What do you think?
Car Bomb Explodes Outside
Pakistani Bible Society
Voice of the Martyrs
A car bomb exploded outside the Karachi Bible
Society in Pakistan today injuring 10-15 people. Police had received an
anonymous tip that the Bible Society would be targeted and had stationed
themselves outside the Bible Society. When the bomb went off it injured
several members of the Police squad. It was a large explosion that destroyed
11 cars. The head of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, said the attack
had raised concerns across the country. "This terrorist act has increased
the sense of insecurity among Christians. We are shocked, grieved and
worried," he said. "These people are bent on creating anarchy in the country."
reason to go digital? National Geographic's first all digital shoot...
link via JordanCooper.com
Saw a great old movie that I had never seen, and
I viewed a load of old movies during my stint as a night manager for a
hotel during my college days.
Vines Have Tender Grapes with Edward G. Robinson as a Wisconsin
farmer wi ll
be shown again on Turner Movie Classics on January 28th at 5:30 AM
Central if you want to set the VCR to tape it. made me wonder why
it is never shown at Christmas though...
Getting the (error) message-
did I post this before?
I saw these serene Japanese
Computer messages seen on the computer screens in Japan. Some are
written in Haiku. So much more civilised than the messages I see...
The Web site you seek cannot be located, but countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall return.
Program aborting: Close all that you have worked on. You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed. I am the Blue Screen of Death. No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked. Today it is not working. Windows is like that.
Your file was so big. It might be very useful. But now it is gone.
Stay the patient course. Of little worth is your ire. The network is down.
A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone.
Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has
You step in the stream, but the water has moved on. This page is not here.
Out of memory. We wish to hold the whole sky, But we never will.
A simple bit of praise.
|Father we thank Thee who has
Thy holy name within our hearts.
Knowledge and faith and life immortal
Jesus The Son to us imparts.
Thou, Lord, didst make all for Thy pleasure,
Didst give man food for all his days,
Giving in Christ the bread eternal;
Thine is the power, be Thine the praise.
Watch o'er Thy Church, O Lord, in mercy,
Save it from evil, guard it still,
Perfect it in Thy love, unite it,
Cleansed and conformed unto Thy will.
As grain, once scattered on the hillsides,
Was in the broken bread made one,
So from all lands Thy Church be gathered
Into Thy kingdom by Thy Son.
From the Didache, AD 40-60
versified by F. Bland Tucker, 1895
Good News on the Home Front
Mom is out of the hospital- Oh yes I forgot to
blog this- haste makes waste.
My Mom went in for planned surgery but the plan
went by the wayside- it was no longer simple outpatient kind but rather
the eight inch incision six weeks of recuperation kind. Mom is home from
the hospital and resting now. Brother Neil came in from Virginia so brother
Tom and I can go back to nursing our kidney stones. Yep you heard right.
Seems we both are having problems at the same time.
Today would have been Mom and Dad's anniversary
had he lived, so I am praying for Mom's sadness on top of her pain. Pray
STOP!!! Don't buy anything
...until you read this important
announcement from CIVA!!!(christians in the Visual Arts). Did you
know that when you access Amazon.com through the CIVA website, that CIVA
receives 15% of the purchase price on ABSOLUTELY all your purchases? Thatıs
Call For Entries!
The Gallery at the American Bible Society is seeking
artistic submissions for Art and Faith in the Modern World: CIVA 25th
Anniversary Exhibition. Get the pdf prospectus
How to minister to contemporary
youth given in ancient 1998
Youth Today Josh McDowell
The Agony of Comparing Books
to Screenplays-LOTR sighting
My friend Larry
has a post on the Motley Fool's books discussion board on
Lord of the Rings and the agony of comparing the books and the movies..
log in as a guest if you want... Larry says much of what Iwas thinking
so rather than a redux ( I can say in 50 words what Larry usually can
say in 10 anyways...) here's the post...
Larry's email response to Anthony:
Yes, I agree 100%, and much, much more.
I have decided that without the hindrance of book-plot
comparisons, the movies are spectacularly excellent, and almost flawless,
a pure joy to participate in. So non-readers got their money's worth,
and much, much more!
Every complaint I have comes out of my need to compare the movies with
the book(s), and alas for the movies, that need is very great! If there
were anyone whom I would prize to do a FAITHFUL rendition to the books,
it would be Peter Jackson and his minions, with a different screen-writer.
There is so much that is captured well, so well that many times I have
said to myself, "Self, the movie has captured that even better than
my imagination. (The gates of Mordor, the many towers, Minas Tirith, Mt
Doom, not to mention the excellent choice of actors for the characters
Still, added to your short observation is:
1. No Scouring of the Shire. Saruman does not get what's due, and a fine
fun section of KICK BXTT action by the Hobbits is missing.
2. Miniminizing (to the max) the Faramir/Eowyn relationship. They could
have been spectators at a football game for all the movie viewers knew.
The one true love story takes fifth fiddle to the one greatly-augmented-yet-impoverished
3. Worse, Faramir, who is pictured as a beacon of high-integrity in the
book, becomes a doubter, a mini-Boromir, a mini-Denathor, instead of the
anti-Boromir-Denathor. In the book and the tapes, your heart is warmed
by Faramir's choice.
4. Of course, everybody lost many favorite parts. The confrontation near
the end in front of the Gates of Mordor was missing something. Namely,
Sauron's lieutenant, the Mouth of Sauron. Can you remember your first
reading of the book, where this was the reader's low point of despair
in the entire book? Sauron's lieutenant says (particularly to Gandalf),
"I have tokens that I was bid to show to thee -- to thee especial,
if thou shouldst dare to come". And he shows them Frodo's mithril
coat, and Sam's sword and elven cloak.
As this interchange was rendered by Tolkien -- not a word could have been
improved on. In the movie I sat waiting and watching as the gates of Mordor
opened, but no lieutenant appeared. A big letdown! (Subsequently, I discovered
that they filmed the incident, but didn't use it. I expect it will be
in the DVD.)
5. Eowyn was shown with fear in her eyes in her battle with the King of
the Nazgul, where in the book she is totally fearless -- and fearless
everywhere, near as I can tell. I've just finished rereading that section.
So, the screen writer(s) have adjusted the story, adjusted the morals,
adjusted the characters -- and yet, it is one (three) fine movie(s) if
you can resist the urge to compare.
But of course, the books are semi-spoiled forever now to first-time readers
who have seen the movie....
P.S. And did you ever listen to the BBC series tapes or CDs? Much better
than the movie.
Movie: 75% faithful. tapes: 98% faithful.
Well said and 'nuff said!
Lo Carb Lingers..
Speaking of kicking buns here is the meal
of the future and the advent of the bunless
Whopper . I prefer the Hardees
low carb Thickburger for the taste though. It struck me as strange that
Hardees has its lo carb burger available in a combo with curly fries intact
though. Burger King's site
won a Macromedia site of the day for its design and use of Flash but I
see lots of pixilation in the images.
|Man I love the Atkins diet! I've lost 12
pounds in 12 days with no discomfort whatsoever, just a bit of exercise...
I hear Panera bread is hurting and dairy products are through the
Cringe Time- When evangelism
Jumps the Shark
This gives a new
meaning to evangelism...why I don't wanna be identified as a "dispensationalist"...
Media News and Views
"We just want to be able to present our
U.S. football fans will not see ads featuring
scantily clad vegetarians or a political attack on President Bush during
February's Super Bowl after CBS said on Thursday that advocacy advertisements
were out of bounds on professional football's biggest day. Link via YahooNews..
Tomas In the Lion's Den.
According to hospital officials, Tomas
says he was ordered by voices from God to go in and taunt the lions.
Check out the video...
Flash Sightings at Click
Check out the Frontiers
of Flash at Click, which claims the distinction of the web's oldest