movie time

I know Jim said I should keep to book recommendations only and not venture into songs or movies that my recommendations on those two areas are really not great but as we say here, Jim can go hang :). And in the spirit of not braining, we can watch a movie. Besides, for most people, the pandemic has caused a lot of misery, a distraction here and there ain’t a bad idea.

In the 1960s, 4 young boys are growing up in New York and as many young boys are, they play truancy a lot. Only this one occasion, it goes overboard. Someone gets hospitalized and so they are sent to juvenile detention or jail or whatever such places for boys are called. They are guests of the state for 18 months. A really long time. Many things happen in these places but rehabilitation ain’t one of them. Violence. Sexual abuse. I don’t know what else.

So 18 months later, the 4 boys are released & they get busy with school. One becomes a lawyer and joins the DA, another a clerk with a newspaper and two are street punks or whatever it is called. Years later, two of them bump into one of the guards, offs him in a diner and here the movie gets interesting. There is court case and with an ending both expected and unexpected.

If you have 2 hours which you don’t know what to do with ( I have friends who want to go to heaven and live for eternity but don’t know what to do with themselves on Sunday when they don’t go to church), then Sleepers can help with that. It is an old movie, where old means 1996.

I watched a really silly movie

In fact, I am not sure one can say it is a bad nor a good movie. It just is. But it is relevant for some of the discussions we have on this blog and elsewhere. In the recent post by Nan, Barry did mention that god has been defined by Lord Geering and maybe a few others as a metaphor representing some of our highest ideas.

This brings us to the movie. It is on Netflix and the tittle is Saladin. I found out this was the deliverer of Jerusalem from the crusaders in the 12th Century. Men were going to their deaths to fight over a piece of earth. And they still do, to this date.

One thing I can say for the script writers and the directors is they know how to revenge. In the whole act, the Arabs are referred to by the Europeans as barbarians and savages but in their actions, the Arabs come out on top. They are just, innovative and their leader Saladin is a man for lack of a better word, we will say is an just principled and generous man.

It is 3 hours long. And while it is the conversation that is riveting, it is in Arabic so you can’t let play in the background while you do some important thing like spoonfeeding a cat that has refused to eat.

Humanity doesn’t seem to have improved. We still kill one another for a piece of earth, or for believing incorrectly when these beliefs have no demonstrated truth/ facts to support them.

I don’t know about you

But for me, I find the blackkkansman by Spike Lee terribly amusing. Any person who can treat a serious topic humorously scores A in my books.

We have Ron Stallworth joining the Colorado Spring police force as the first black dude & sets the ball rolling in an amusing way when he calls to join the khan’s branch in Colorado.

Walter is easily trusting. Felix too suspicious. Flip is so composed even under pressure & then there is that fat drunk racist fellow i can’t recall who was drunk throughout. And stupid.

And David Duke! That was a hilarious character.

I laughed throughout that movie. You can watch it if you can laugh at yourself.

Happy New Year everyone.

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?

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.