i kill giants

Giants1Sometimes we find ourselves battling things too large for us to understand. At the time they appear to us as “giants” – tall, ugly, unbeatable, and persistent.

I recently watched a film called ‘I Kill Giants” – about a strange young girl who believes she can vanquish the giants that no one else seems to see. She’s doesn’t appear to be play acting. She sets traps and develops weapons against these ugly foes. The encounters she has with the giants seem real enough, but when they don’t seem to involve anyone else, suspicions grow that what she’s battling can only be seen by her, and that her giant battle is with life itself and her place in the midst of pain and fear.

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a million dreams (tuneful tuesday #11)

It was one of those musical gems that seemed to slip under the radar of pop culture except for those who actually watched the movie and enjoyed it's music and it's message.

Among The Greatest Showman's collection of toe-tapping songs is one that encourages the development of one's dreams regardless of how impossible they may seem. But here's a version of the song, created by Dixie State University and featuring Alex Boye' that puts a little different spin on the anthem. Enjoy!

 


this is me (tuneful tuesday #7)

It's an unconventional musical to say the least.

P.T. Barnum. Freaks. Circus. Rich. Poor. Prejudice. Dreams. Happiness. Commitment. The Greatest Showman seems to have a little bit of everything. But most of all it has music -- at times tender, at times powerful. It may not be historically accurate - after all it IS a musical - but it is a good story and it's a good time at the movies. Some hated the movie. I thought it was well done.

"This Is Me" is features Barnum's collection of special people. They attempt to enter a room full of high society snobs during the reception of Barnum's newest "show" - the European opera singer, Jenny Lind. But he prevents them from entering on the pretense they have a show they must get ready for, attempting to cover his embarrassment of their presence during his finest entertainment moment. So he sends away the ones who gained for him his new found success; you can almost taste the disappointment. Societal station trumps friendship - and the angry entertainers leave the theater and march back to their circus proclaiming loudly and proudly that they are not ashamed of who they are.

 


remember me that way (tuneful tuesday #5)

Casper, the Friendly Ghost. One of my favorite cartoons as a kid. I'd watch those cartoons and think, "It would be so wonderful having a friend like Casper."

When they produce a live-action film of Casper in 1995, it was a real treat to see him come to the big screen. And it had a beautiful song that captured Casper's desire to be a friend...and to be remembered.

 


the fault in our stars

I read the book, then I saw the movie. Both are good, but the movie seemed to deepen the emotions of the book. The movie was on TV today. I took the time to watch it again.

Young adults dealing with cancer, and death, and love... It's not an easy thing to read or to watch, but Green's book and the movie based on the movie help  -- and I admit to a lump in my throat, and fighting back a tear or twenty with both versions.

Here's a visual compilation of Hazel's eulogy of Augustus.

 


northmen ethics

I have long been intrigued by those who live off the land ("off the grid" as it's now called) - pioneers who for the most part were self-reliant.

I think it was the words of Henry David Thoreau which first set in my mind the challenge of such a life:

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

And then there was that day I went to see the movie "My Side of the Mountain" based on the book by Jean Craighead George.

There was something that appealed to me about living alone. There is a sense of life being lived differently, with greater awareness.

Some of that awareness seems to be echoed in the Northmen's Code of Ethics.  Lots to ponder here...

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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Whoo hooo! It's Friday

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And it's the end of another week! Party with The Batman Lego Movie -- It's fun and awesome!

Update: I caught the movie at my favorite movie theater - The Alamo in Winchester.   I think it's every bit as good as "The Lego Movie" and the message about doing things as part of a team is well done. 

Even though the Alamo is my favorite theater, they have recently switched to all reserved seating - which now means that you can't just walk into the theater and sit down. No, now you could pick your seat and end up having someone siting next to you even though you might have selected one that was fairly free of other people at the time of ticket purchase. (Granted, it could end up like that anyway if the movie is popular and new and the theater gets sold out. But that happens after having purchased a ticket and you sit in a fairly unoccupied area of the theater. I know, I'm nuts, but I like my space.) So unless you're willing to purchase an extra seat to give you some space between yourself and whoever shows up beside you, you'll find yourself being invaded by whoever picks the seat beside you.  For me, that meant some guy in a long trench coat and a cowboy hat who was an open mouth eater. And beside him was a group of two men, two anklebiters, and a woman; the men were drinking Corona beers and ignoring their noisy children (one boy was constantly saying "Batman wouldn't do that...") and a mother who appeared as though she had checked out once the lights were lowered and the movie began.  So I'm guessing I'm going to have to look for another theater -- or just wait for the movie to appear on pay per view and watch it at home. 


"there is no try"

One of the cable TV channels has been broadcasting all six episodes of the Star Wars saga. It has been fun watching these movies in order.  I had to laugh when Episode 2 was shown and remembered that after the second time seeing the movie I thought it was one of the worst movie stories of the entire series.  The special effects were great, but the story and the acting -- simply awful.

Then, this afternoon, I tuned in Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back. This was the movie that made sure that the third movie in the first trilogy would have to be made simply to answer all of the story questions raised.  But it was also the movie that, at the time, was one of the most powerful movie scenes about faith I had seen at that point in life.

As I watched the scene again, I was convinced that this is the scene which is my favorite in the entire movie series so far.  I have parts of "The Clone Wars" animated series that I think are wonderful, but this one is my favorite: