Johnny Cash takes Depeche Mode’s classic and makes it his own. Enjoy.
This cover of the Youngbloods classic is brought to by Three Girl Dad who put this song into my head last Thursday.
Producer:Fong Cheng Tan, Junxiang Huang, Yutaka Tachibana
Director: Eric Khoo
Writers: Fong Cheng Tan, Kim Hoh Wong
Cast: Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Seiko Matsuda, Mark Lee, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho, Beatrice Chien
Every once in a while Netflix brings in a hidden gem and this movie is one of those gems.
Ramen Shop is a story about searching for roots, trying to deal with the past, redemption, love, and cooking. The cast does an excellent acting job and if you’ve never seen Singapore before you will get a glimpse of how it looks.
I am giving this movie 3.5 stars.
Waiting, Not Running
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation” (Psalm 62:1).
I am still tethered to a surgical drain so I haven’t been listening to music just watching it fill.
Director: George Sidney
Producer: Carey Wilson
Writer: Ronald Millar and George Froeschel
Original Book: Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
Cast: Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer
If you think Scaramouche is just a line in a song you’re in for a surprise. The 1952 film starting Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer, and Janet Leigh has the honor to have one of the longest most complicated sword fights ever filmed. The artistry involved in the fight choreography makes it the highlight of the movie.
Scaramouche takes place just before the French Revolution. The aristocrats have taken to dueling their counterparts in the French parliament killing their merchant class opponents.
Enter Andre Moreau, Stewart Granger, the illegitimate son of a French nobleman. When he sees his friend, a pamphleteer, murdered in a duel by the Marquis de Maynes, Mel Ferrer, he attacks the marquis, only to find himself out dueled. In a quick moment he escapes from the marquis vowing revenge.
Andre hides with a traveling comedy troupe (commedia dell’arte) adopting the guise of the Scaramouche (follow the link to find out what a Scaramouche is) he improves his swordmanship by going to the teacher of the Marquis de Maynes. And then to Paris to study under the master of that teacher.
There of course is a love triangle between Granger, Parker, and Leigh. Granger in love with Leigh but cannot court her for reasons I won’t reveal. Why spoil the story?
Of course there is much more than this to the story, and the costumes and music that much more enjoyable. If you want to have some fun with a costume drama that is a lot of fun check out this movie.
I give Scaramouche five stars out of five.
He Blesses and Keeps
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. (Numbers 6:24)
This first clause of the high priest’s benediction is substantially a promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God.
What a joy to abide under the divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are blessed, then all our possessions and enjoyments are blessed; yea, our losses and crosses and even our disappointments are blessed. God’s blessing is deep, emphatic, effectual. A man’s blessing may begin and end in words, but the blessing of the Lord makes rich and sanctifies. The best wish we can have for our dearest friend is not “may prosperity attend thee,” but “the Lord bless thee.”
It is equally a delightful thing to be kept of God; kept by Him, kept near Him, kept in Him. They are kept indeed whom God keeps; they are preserved from evil; they are reserved unto boundless happiness. God’s keeping goes with His blessing, to establish it and cause it to endure.
The author of this little book desires that the rich blessing and sure keeping here pronounced may come upon every reader who may at this moment be looking at these lines. Please breathe the text to God as a prayer for His servants.
As many of you know I have been in surgery and I am on forced rest. So besides going stir crazy I went searching for some gems on YouTube. And I found this. She does a wonderful cover of Eiffel 65’s hit Blue. Enjoy.
Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
“Humble yourselves therefore order the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the LORD will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the LORD’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the LORD lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the LORD smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the LORD’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.