peace on earth

Watched Joyeux Noël again with my wife – a truly great film, based on true events of one of the WWI Christmas Truces.

Apparently, the Germans first decorated their trenches with Christmas trees, and belting out Christmas carols – the first/main one is thought to have been ‘Stille Nacht’ (Silent Night).  This prompted some (English) carol singing from the British side.  This led to more singing, coming out of their trenches and meeting and conversing with one another, exchanging of gifts (whiskey, cigars, chocolate, etc.), sharing a Communion Service together (!), helping one another bury their dead, football (‘soccer’) games, and various other acts of kindness.

It’s a tremendous story, and it’s worth your time reading some of the letters from the troops describing the events.

May peace rule our hearts!

sophie scholl

Diane and I enjoyed (again) ‘Sophie Scholl: The Final Days’ the other night.

She was a courageous woman.  Very inspiring.

I also particularly appreciated her prayers.  I don’t know as of yet if they are hers exactly or reconstructions of the writers, but here they are as in the film: Continue reading “sophie scholl”

one of these hoods is not like the other

Just received Robin Hood in the post today and watched it tonight with my wife.

No, not the well-known one where the ‘prince of thieves‘ has a modern haircut and a glaringly obvious American accent (sorry Kevin, loved you in Field of Dreams…)…

This one is the version that was produced the same year, but got demoted to a TV-movie.

Two main reasons why I think this one far out-does the Costner version:

  1. This one makes special effort to be historically accurate, including elements like sleepy kings riding horses, garment-dye being splashed around during a fight and the jester in the baron’s castle.
  2. Patrick Bergin is a far-better Hood.  He’s playful, witty, slim and just more convincing than Costner – case closed – hands down – deal sealed.

(If you’re in Auckland, I’m willing to loan this one out, as it’s hard to get at video-stores – not even ‘Videon’ on Dominion Road had it.)

the dark night

Great movie.

I was skeptical that the popular raving over Ledger’s Joker had more to do with his untimely subsequent death than with his actual acting.  Having this as my expectation – and with the awareness that editing, music, make-up, camera-angle, etc. can help an average actor/actress look far-more-than-average – I must say: Ledger has pulled off a Joker that will be long remembered.  It’s intense.

Also, I particularly love the themes in the movie.  Good v. Evil.  Chaos (personified in the Joker).  Chance (personified in Two-Face).  Choices.  Need v. Want.

This is not a movie you’ll want to wait for the DVD…

:)

I’ve seen in twice and counting…  :)

wanted: damon to play bonhoeffer

Will somebody please make a modern, well-produced movie about Dietrich Bonhoeffer!???

(existing works here, here and here…)

I think Matt Damon should play the part…  :)