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As far as books go, Graham Greene is stunning.

I like Greene. But he can be a little too much on the "dark side" for me in all of his work, if you understand what I mean. Instead of a fictional whiskey priest, as in the Power and the Glory, (for whom I would be thankful truly) this movie highlights some non-fictional heroic sanctity. It seems like a good balance to Greene. One of my preliminary quibbles about the film regarded the great goodness which the most beloved character exhibits. I thought his heroism to be highly improbable, until it was revealed in the credits that this person was beatified by the Catholic Church. In other words his behavior was supernatural. For me, that is the thoroughly valid explanation!

A friend of Graham Greene was the Catholic convert Evelyn Waugh whose work is in my opinion, more uplifting even while dwelling sometimes in the same places where Greene seemed to want to explore.

Anyway volgadon...go look at the movie if it comes your way. It is indeed the historical backdrop to The Power and the Glory by Greene. It can't but enhance your appreciation for the book.

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What was it you (or your friend) said? Kurosawa: the greatest Western director ever.

Last year, I actually used Ikiru as the basis for a sacrament talk on service.

Another great Kurosawa film, especially the end with him swinging in the park singling a lonely old song.

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I loved Kurosawa's versions of Shakespeare. I personally think he improved the ending of Macbeth in Throne of Blood.

Kurosawa movies I've seen:

Ran

Yojimbo

Rashomon

The Hidden Fortress

Seven Samurai

Ikiru

Stray Dog

Throne of Blood

Incredible, powerful stuff.

Saw all of those except Dog. Are you aware that the Hidden Fortress was one of the inspirations used by Lucas in the making of Star Wars?

Edit...Don't forget Kagemusha and Dreams.

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I like Greene. But he can be a little too much on the "dark side" for me in all of his work, if you understand what I mean. Instead of a fictional whiskey priest, as in the Power and the Glory, (for whom I would be thankful truly) this movie highlights some non-fictional heroic sanctity. It seems like a good balance to Greene. One of my preliminary quibbles about the film regarded the great goodness which the most beloved character exhibits. I thought his heroism to be highly improbable, until it was revealed in the credits that this person was beatified by the Catholic Church. In other words his behavior was supernatural. For me, that is the thoroughly valid explanation!

A friend of Graham Greene was the Catholic convert Evelyn Waugh whose work is in my opinion, more uplifting even while dwelling sometimes in the same places where Greene seemed to want to explore.

Anyway volgadon...go look at the movie if it comes your way. It is indeed the historical backdrop to The Power and the Glory by Greene. It can't but enhance your appreciation for the book.

3DOP `

I definitely will watch the film. I've read a bit about that era as my mom is keen on Central and South American history, having lived there for a while. Even if I hadn't I would still watch the film since there are precious few about heroic sanctity, as you put it. The title escapes me, but you might like the recent biopic on Andriy Sheptytsky, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church during the Second World War. I won't say that the film is brilliant, but the story is inspiring, more heroic sanctity. In his youth Sheptytsky was a dashing cavalry officer in the Austro-Hungarian army, but left his promising carreer to become a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. He did a lot to raise the spirituality of his flock, support them in their attempts to preserve their Ukrainian identity and also to create better relations with both Orthodox and Jews. He not only opposed the brutal Communist repressions in the 30s, but also vocally opposed nationalists employing terrorism to further their aims. When the Germans started murdering Jews, he hid many. Sheptytsky was later murdered by the Bolsheviks and his brother exiled to a prison labour camp. Beautiful example of how someone can bring good and love to a world sunk into an horrific mire of blood and hatred.

When I mentioned Greene I was also thinking of his non-fiction from the years in Mexico. I get what you are saying about him being dark. What I find so compelling about the Power and the Glory is the message of redemption. The priest can't seem to live the way he ought, although he undoubtedly believes in at all. The way I read it, he became a true priest the moment it was easiest for him to live as he always did and renounce his faith and his role, remaining alive, yet he chose to fulfil his duty knowing it'd cost him his life.

Evelyn Waugh! Sounds like you have good taste. I consider Waugh near the top when it comes to English writers, even brought Scoop with me when I moved to the US.

But like I said, you've sold me on watching that movie.

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Saw Brave last night. I enjoyed it. Not my favorite Pixar film (that goes to Finding Nemo), but I wouldn't mind seeing it again. The short film that plays before it is fantastic.

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I watched Prometheus last night. Wow... not sure where to start with this one. I enjoyed it very much but it was NOT what I was expecting at all. I'll have to watch it again.

I read this very post this morning, and based on this, we went out to watch Prometheus just now. Great movie. And there's definitely a Mormon angle there, even more so than Battlestar Galactica.

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Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) gives some wonderful, otherworldly insights into Japanese culture, and can be seen online at http://xfinitytv.com...8/Ugetsu/videos .

The greatest film ever made, however, is still "Casa Blanca," which I see every few years or so just to maintain perspective.

I think I might rewatch the later, as I've been on somehwat of a 40s binge, read several Russian espionage novels set in those days, and currently reading Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear.

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Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) gives some wonderful, otherworldly insights into Japanese culture, and can be seen online at http://xfinitytv.com...8/Ugetsu/videos .

The greatest film ever made, however, is still "Casa Blanca," which I see every few years or so just to maintain perspective.

One of the few I haven't seen. Read the book, though. Thanks. Edited by Ron Beron
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I have been drowning myself in one movie or another. The last movie I saw in the theater with friends was the Woman in Black. Very good. Very creepy. Most recent chick flick was Pay it Forward…. great movie but I was not in the emotional mood to cope with the ending and it did not make me feel good. I watched a few older Sandra Bullock movies, 28 days and THE NET. Both mediocre on netflix. If I had a choice, I would watch the Back to the Future movies over and over again back to back in my "I just want to lay on the couch and veg" states…

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Just finished The Watchmen. A bit campy, but lots of action and hidden meaning. One of my guilty pleasures is superhero movies. (I just loved Kicka**.

That was on cable last night, I didn't like it because I don't subscribe to its premise that humanity is hopelessly savage, and that we could only be turned from destroying our entire planet by destroying a dozen of our cities. A military solution for what Jesus "failed" to do on Calvary?

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That was on cable last night, I didn't like it because I don't subscribe to its premise that humanity is hopelessly savage, and that we could only be turned from destroying our entire planet by destroying a dozen of our cities. A military solution for what Jesus "failed" to do on Calvary?

I started to watch it on cable, but switched to my DVD for the lack of interruption. It is very dark as was Batman, but that is how I like the genre.
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One of the last movies I actually purchased was "Unstoppable" with Denzel Washington/Cris Pine... based on a true event... I've watched it several times and can still feel apprehension.

Another favorite is "The King's Speech" with a terrific job by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. I know these have been around a while but I like them.

I may have mentioned this one before... but one of my favorites is "Robin Hood" with Russell Crowe playing Robin... I like the premise that it tells of how Robin became Robin... with the last line being, "And the Legend Begins..."

Another favorite is rated PG-13 even though there is violence... and that is "Taken" with Liam Neeson, one of my favorite actors.

For W2K: these movies would make for a wonderful day of vegging in front of TV.

GG

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Another favorite is "The King's Speech" with a terrific job by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. I know these have been around a while but I like them.

As someone who stutters, I love this film as well. It's definitely a very meaningful film to me for that reason, and it's very inspiring. I highly recommend this film to anyone.

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The other day I went to go see "The Amazing Spider-Man," a reboot of the original Spider-Man trilogy. I thought it was awesome. As I expected, much better than the first and third films, but not as good as the second (which is a better movie overall, though "The Amazing Spider-Man" is a better Spider-Man movie, if that makes sense). I like the darker, edgier, and more dramatic/emotional tone of the new film. Strong performances too. Tobey Maguire is a great actor, but Spider-Man is not the right role for him. We only caught glimpses of Spider-Man's sarcasm in the first three films. Fortunately, Andrew Garfield does a great job at bringing it in his portrayal of the superhero and I loved the memorable bits of humor he brought to the table.

Again, fantastic movie. I look forward to seeing it again. And also, see it in 3D if you can.

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Dead Poets Society. Hadn't seen it in years, loved it just as much the second time round.

I do too! I loved how the Robin Williams encouraged the boys to think and experience... Seize the Day!!

GG

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