More

One of the themes at the movies asks if there is more to this life. It is there in horrors — something other worldly and usually rotten invades the real world — it is there in drama — as in At Eternity’s Gate (2018) where Van Gogh needs something more to paint on his canvas, perhaps a glimpse of the after world in its goodness is seen in nature. Is it there in spiritual fantasy — Field of Dreams (1989) where a voice guides a farmer to build baseball stadium, and in biblical epics — King of Kings (1961) where the Son of God ‘arrives’ on earth as a man. In my experience, there is more to this life, and in the experience of others. From a Christian perspective, the language of the Christian’s book, the Bible, is spiritual and informs us of a God beyond this world and involved with this world and in Jesus Christ who can give spiritual life to spiritually dead people. Yes, there is more to this life.

Difference

What is the difference between Return of the King and Return of the Jedi? They both have Return of the part…but Jedi starts with a J and King starts with a K. K, the King is the difference. Or is that J the Jedi?

Boxes

Reducing things to boxes comes in different forms. Could it be when one says she has a “God moment” at the movies? Or might have been felt by the Zavier Jones whoever that is, as well. It may seem when people talk about their “God moments” at the movies they may be reducing things to a box. I think, when it comes to things like art and pictures like films, if one says they get God in it, isn’t this a bit of mystery. I would be afraid to say it was God because what if it really isn’t and is just our mind. God is so greater than our minds.

Time is of the essence

To say time is of the essence is a cliché that gets used over and over again, but having thought about it, it is something coming true in my life. In relating time management to what I do with movies, I was considering watching a number of different films, but realized that I only have a certain amount of time on earth, maybe twenty, thirty, forty years or so more, so I reckoned that it’s best to watch those films that won’t waste my time and I can write about with some meaning. I trusted the movies would not be time wasters and that I could cover a century of film (or whatever) by choosing what mattered, without crossing some of my no-go areas. Problem is that some of the films that are worth it, and may be no-go areas, are actually the ones worth seeing for their social worth.

The Black Out

Intriguing things can be dangerous. When the crew of the USS Palomino boarded the Cygnus they were intrigued by the beautiful ship but found the ship’s captain seeking ultimate knowledge by sending them all into a twirling, whirling black hole.

Why not says Dr Hans Reinhardt played by Judgement at Nuremberg’s Maximillian Schell in The Black Hole (1979). What on earth have we got ourselves into, says the crew of the USS Palomino – Captain Dan Holland (Robert Forster), Lieutenant Charles Pizer (Joseph Bottoms), Dr Alex Durant (Anthony Perkins), Dr Kate McCrae (Yvette Mimieux) and journo Harry Booth (Ernest Borgnine). Durant is more susceptible to its charms but is heading down the wrong path.

Getting pulled into something intriguing, but there is danger around the bend. In terms of philosophy, it is not just an odd saying for the wise of heart. In terms of experience, it happens.

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