January 13, 2005

Light the Fire

My preference for indie and foreign films has been made quite obvious, so, no need to go into all that. My newest recommendation: Smoke Signals.

Victor learns to reach through his indurate heart and internalize how much his father loved his son despite his personal demons and failings as a parent. The journey is poignantly told through the Native American oral tradition of story-telling and with such subtle comicality that the viewer finds reconciliation as the only answer for Victor, and maybe for the viewer, as well.

Posted by Rae at January 13, 2005 09:35 AM

Indie movies: check out Goodbye Lenin, funny & elegiac German movie about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Posted by: jeff at January 13, 2005 01:30 PM

That is one of my all-time favorites. A Christian needs a thick skin to watch it but most of the complaints are true. The drinking hit home to my growing up. It stirred up a lot about relationship with my own dad too.
Ann and I showed a clip from it when we preached on David and Bathsheba. We showed the 'What's the worst thing you ever done?' clip and then had a time of confession at the alter. It was powerful.
I've also shown when Thomas confronts Victor as representing the faithful wounds of a friend. It is my favorite kind of movie, deep and funny.
Hey, Victorrrrrrrr.
Thomas, you're so full of shit.
It's more like Tonto and Tonto. :)
Lester FallsApart doing the weather and traffic.
I saw Sherman Alexie at a book signing. He was hilarious. He said he grew up Indian and Catholic...guilt squared. :)
He was a pretty liberal guy and took his shots at Bush, but he took shots at all his cohorts too. Bascically, he just messed with everybody.
He told a funny and touching story about being a pacifist yet receiving his deceased father's medals from the US Army on Oprah. True story.

Babbling on. The Army recruiter was at my house tonight. Junior is going to join the reserves after he graduates in May. He's going to basic and ait in a row instead of split option. He can start college in January and be fine. Thanks to you and yours for serving.

Posted by: Ben at January 13, 2005 09:29 PM
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