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So we’ve just seen Mildred and Jason act rashly based on misinformation and knee jerk judgements, and we’ve reflected on the matter thus:

Anger, even when it is just, can blind us. It [can be] like smoke and vapors that fill our eyes, restricting our vision and narrowing our sphere of action, so that we are more likely to act recklessly and impulsively.

This goes to show precisely what wiser souls have said before me: (more…)

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A reblog of my (fairly) recent post on this fantastic 2017 film. For those of you who have already read it, I’m just doing this to assure you that I haven’t forgotten about part three. It’s just taking me awhile to get it put together (which just goes to show how much harder writing is than people tend to think). But it is coming soon — I can see the end on the horizon!

Into the Dance

No summary remarks can serve as substitution for reading part one, but I think a few introductory reflections will be helpful for the purpose of continuity.

As Providence would have it, the weekend I saw “Three Billboards” was the same weekend

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No summary remarks can serve as substitution for reading part one, but I think a few introductory reflections will be helpful for the purpose of continuity.

As Providence would have it, the weekend I saw “Three Billboards” was the same weekend (more…)

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Well I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to see Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the theater.  I live in a smaller community with only one theater, which theater has only two cinemas and typically hosts either family fare or mainstream blockbuster material.

During the first week in February I drove by and, to my surprise, saw “3 Billboards” on the marquee.  Needless to say, I went to see the film at the earliest opportunity.

I must say, it wasn’t quite what I had expected.

I had the idea that this would be one of those formulaic movies (more…)

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Okay — last time we talked about how we all tend to wear masks to conceal our true selves, and to hide from the shame we carry within us…

But every now and then, rays of light will slip past our masks, touching our hearts and minds in some way. This we can call wonder.

We can all appreciate the occurrence of wonder.  But we also realize that when we take off our masks, our scars are exposed.

Then what? (more…)

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Well I love inspirational stories, but I can’t say I’m over-fond of Hallmark, Lifetime, or any other similar storytelling outlets.  And for essentially the same reason…

…that is, I think inspirational stories are important, and should be taken seriously (no offense intended to those who like Hallmark or Lifetime; let us be content with begging to differ).

Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder has that happy distinction of being a tearjerker without being a nerve-jerker, a movie that tugs at the heartstrings without (more…)

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Welcome to “Cinema Saturday,” a variation of the “Film Clip Friday” thing I tried a couple years ago.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

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