The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

Based on the popular video game, Angry Birds, comes the hilarious animated movie version, which spawned a sequel in 2019.

The Angry Birds Movie (2016) is about an island of flightless birds who have their own guardian, the Eagle (Peter Dinkage). Three little and not so little, but extraordinarily cute, juvenile-esque birds – Red, Chuck and Bomb – call on the Eagle when their island is visited by suspicious green pigs.

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Old time cinema goes down memory lane

Time Cinema: this cinema, or theater for showing films, was unique among theaters in the vicinity because it catered to a certain clientele, that of the needs of some people who described themselves as conservative Christians, as well as interesting groups intrigued by nostalgic films or films from the vault. John and Margaret Bell founded the popular film house but have since retired and sold the cinema to someone who is keeping old films playing in their original setting. Here’s my 2004 article about Time Cinema, written for Challenge Weekly, a Christian newspaper, where I interview John Bell, the founder of Time Cinema, who told me about their slice from the past.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

I was in the mood for something light and I was reminded of the trailer of the new Pokemon movie which was quite a bit of fun. So I watched the actual feature film. I’m aware, although I hardly paid close attention, that Pokemon is a video game but I don’t know much about it. I relied on the film I saw (2019) (which seems to be an adaptation of the game). It did fill me in with this and that, but most interestingly every human in Rhyme City has a Pokemon,

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Part of a family–in his 40’s

I was put onto Ian Head by a pastor. Ian had a story to share. Here’s one of the articles I wrote about him, published by the Good News Paper in the United Kingdom, in 2010. His story is one about “feeling connected to others” especially a family…

The first time Ian Head sat at a dinner table was with his fiancée’s family. He was 40.

“I couldn’t handle it,” Ian says.

An orphan, Ian grew up in children’s homes, so he had no experience of family life.

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Faith: resurgence

The original title of the following article was “Christmas brings resurgence of faith” (article published The Evening Post, January 1, 2002), I decided to gave the title a movie makeover and “____ (insert word): resurgence” sounds like many a movie title I have seen.

I wasn’t expecting anything with this article. I sent it off and forgot about it. Then a few hours later (or was it a day?) there was a reply which shocked me…

The inspiration for the article was watching an episode of the old television series Becker and seeing It’s A Wonderful Life, around Christmas time.

Here’s the article, kind of a contemplative, reflective commentary. Observational.

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The ghost of Christmas past and present called on me this Christmas. Two worlds representing the spirit of a Christmas 55 years ago and the other of a Christmas transformed by the changes of time, were neatly captured in some Christmas television programming.

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The loved one remembered and memories flood back. Where is God in the death of a loved one?

It all brought it back for her. All I did was mention something about a family member of mine. That was all she needed. I don’t know if it came down like a ton of bricks. She said, “When you mentioned your [family member] it brought it back for me.”

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