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About Time (2013), a British romantic comedy is a movie I was recommended to watch by a family member. On a Friday after Thanksgiving, a day we are busy getting the house ready for Christmas, we decided to give it a try. The movie started while the house was still getting settled. Kids were unruly, popcorn was still being made, etc. As we sat down to watch I could see we were going to have to find another way to be entertained.
The movie was not coming across as a family friendly movie. We stopped the film and couldn’t finish watching it in front of the kids due to some of the mature language and sexual overtones. But the idea was communicated plain enough, about 10 minutes in, that the main character was born with the ability to travel in history. He was able to travel to any point in time he lived in simply by finding a quiet place and thinking of that moment. The only actress I was familiar with was Rachel McAdams from The Notebook. She is on the cover, which I’m sure helped American audiences less familiar with some of the British actors, willing to give it a try. It worked on us. (more…)
Noah was a film that I was anxious to see. I wanted to see how Hollywood would portray something as tragic as the Flood and the piety of Noah. Noah was a total bust. I won’t re-tell the movie version because it’s such a hit at theaters that by now many people already know or have seen the movie. But I did want to use the movie as a backdrop to talk highlight some parts of the account in Genesis 6-9. (more…)
Watching movies through the xbox 360 seems to be a fun past time. Tonight we watched the greatest Martial Arts film since Enter the Dragon. The Karate Kid. I think my favorite line in the movie was when Miyagi asked Daniel “then why learn Karate.” Daniels’ response, “so i don’t have to fight.”
I think it’s been about 15 years since I last saw the flick. This time I found myself in a typical analytical mood appreciating what the late Pat Morita (Miyagi) was trying to instill into Daniel. The point of Martial Arts isn’t to be the next Jet Li. But that with the increased knowledge of what it takes to win a fight, the student would do everything possible to avoid it. Trust me I took karate in 5th grade. That’s why I run from fights. Because I’m so good at Karate from those 5th grade classes.
The love interest was looking like it worked till Ralph Macchio killed it with the grossest on screen kiss in the last 20 years. Who wants to see 2 high schoolers kiss? No thanks.
Of course the climax is the memorable Crane Kick for the final point of the tournament to win Daniel’s freedom from his oppressors. The wealthy, handsome, and tougher kids at school. The movie is one of my favorites only because it doesn’t glamorize martial arts into something crazy.
My bride and I borrowed a movie from a friend and finally had a chance to sit and watch it. The movie was “I, Robot”. I had heard some interesting things about it and figured I would give it a go. The movie falls into what is showing to be the standard Will Smith bang-em up, knock-em down action film with a little bit of his “hip-hop” street wise humor. He’s the street wise guy who follows his instinct and intuition and it somehow makes him different than the others who always seem to be one step behind. (more…)