Moving on with stories

In 2014, the Archbishop signaled hope for the world and stories of good news as one of the contributors. Stories could contribute to healing the world, he said. It has all to do with “natural theology” he told me, as the final film in The Hobbit was released. Here was what he said about natural theology and stories in 2014:

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Minister draws a line on Apocalypse Now

The Archbishop disagreed with film critic Roger Ebert’s comment about The Return of the King, in 2003. Ebert said Return of the King did not have the weight of a masterpiece like Apocalypse Now. Here is what the Archbishop said in defense of Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings:

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If Allegro Non Troppo was a film to see in 1979, but was released in Italy in 1976 and the rest of the world later, then another film seen in 1979 was, among a few others, Apocalypse Now (1979).

Forget Agatha, Airport ’79-The Concorde and The Amityville Horror. Some were a bit kind to Animalympics, but co-winner of the Cannes Film Festival Best Film award (in 1979), Apocalypse Now! is a stand out of cinema and perhaps the definitive war film from the 1970’s (not recommended for instances of violence, language, and nudity, though…just so that you know what to expect)—

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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.

Moving on a bit

As part of my writing journey, an important part for me, is reviewing what I have already written. It came up with some pleasing reactions, but also some disappointed ones, but through it all, it made me aware of always thinking through an article or piece thoroughly first.

A pleasing reaction was on reviewing an old film review, as the film’s story dawned on me brighter than it ever had. It was an invigorating feeling when I realized this is one of my essential films. It became as clear as crystal why it was an essential film. So, it was a true ‘moment with a movie’.

And these are the moments I want to express clearer at my The other movie blog about ascertaining why a film is suitable seemed irrelevant in view of what were my real moments with movies. So, I move on a little bit more than before…