Is any death meaningful?

Many times the phrase let their deaths not be in vain has been uttered like at moments of civil strife and I am here asking myself, if deep down these deaths were meaningless. Did someone have to die for something to be achieved?

Take for example the over 30 people who were killed by police in our last election. What did they die for? What, if you were to meet their parents or relatives, would you tell them was achieved by their deaths?

In the movie silence, based on the Japanese inquisition of the 16th century (2016) by Scorsese, a number of Japanese endure torture and some even die to show their faith in Jesus. Was this rational? What was the point?

two things i like

First is the Martin Scorsese’s movie Irishman that was released not long ago. You will need to have 3 free hours to watch the film. It has some of my favourite characters.

Next is this paragraph from Man without qualities

The train of events is a train that lays down its own tracks as it goes along.

The river of time carries its own banks along with it.

The traveler moves on a solid floor between solid walls, but the floor and the walls are strongly influenced by the movements of the travelers, though they do not notice it.

Midnight express

Is a tribute to youth stupidity and an example of how the law can be a real ass when those in charge of its application are pigheaded. This movie is the story of a young man who tries to smuggle two kilos of coke out of Turkey to the States. And as all stupid things go, this is one of the most stupid because dude is unable to hold it together at the various police checks at the airport and is discovered.

He is thrown into prison first for 4 years only for the term to be revised upwards to 30 years. He makes the clever decision that he can’t die in that prison and starts to work on an escape plan. The first plan almost succeeds except for the civil works that the Turks had done closing his escape route.

His girlfriend ( she is a keeper) comes to see him in prison and I think he is inspired to do more. Let’s just say he escapes and goes back home, minus the drugs of course.

If you have nothing to do for the weekend, here is something to help reduce the hour count.

In Standoff

Is Carter lucky or is he good stalling? What is it that stops Sade from burning down the whole house if all he wants is the girl dead?

Though Sade he can’t be trusted & that he kills for two reasons; as necessity or as a contract but never for fun. Maybe this is the only reason he doesn’t kill Isabel at the end.

This movie is thin on action but heavy on the waiting. A great portion of it happens within the walls of Carter’s house where wills are tested to the very end.

I wouldn’t call it great.

Killing season

It’s 20 years after the Bosnian war has ended. An American soldier taking it easy in the mountains is tracked by a Kovac who has a real axe to grind. Who will win is the question that keeps us on the edge of the seat.

There is this conversation they have at some point about whether there is god and the Kovac says he believes in the existence of god because only a good could allow so much evil.

In another scene, he is confessing his sins and he says “I confess my sins unto you but don’t dare absolve them”. I like any movie people are being irreverent.

Maybe you will like it.