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Monday, November 08, 2004

Movie Reviews
Bruce Almighty - It was much less offensive (to me, as a worshipper of God) than I thought it would be. There were some good points made. The most important being that we, as humans, don't know the whole story. We don't know the future, we don't know what's going with other people or in other places. So how can we know what is best? Some difficult things can turn out for the best. God knows. Trust Him. Another nice theme you don't see very often in the movies - don't be so self-centered! Life is more than satisfying your own appetites. Overall, I enjoyed this one.

Man From Snowy River - This one's a classic from back in the 80's. Set in Australia, it features a lot of horses and fantastic scenery. The acting isn't great, but not too bad. Kirk Douglas plays two parts. We watched it with the kids and didn't feel embarrassed by bad language, violence, or sex (they did want us to fast forward through the kissing parts, though). The music really adds a lot - very moving. I've seen this movie many times and I'll probably see it some more. It's one of my favorites.

High Noon - Believe it or not, I'd never seen this one before. An excellent flick. People have recently referred to High Noon in relation to President Bush and his stand against the terrorists. I definitely can see this. You have to do what's right, and sometimes it's difficult to take that stand. Often other people don't see it that way and will not stand with you. I watched the special features on the DVD and it was interesting to learn that the Hollywood folks at the time saw the film as a parable of their fight with Joe McCarthy and his "witch hunt." I can see that too (from their perspective). Mostly it's a story about duty and honor even when it's not popular. It's a story well told, wonderfully acted, and superbly produced.

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