Classic Movie Review: Sabrina (1954)


Writer: Billy Wilder,Ernest Lehman, Samuel A. Taylor
Director: Billy Wilder
Producer: Billy Wilder
Main Cast:. Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

Synopsis: Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of the chauffeur of the Larrabees. She has been in love with the wastrel son, David (William Holden), all her life. When David once again breaks her heart by going off with another young socialite, not knowing that Sabrina was watching him from a tree branch, she runs into the garage and tries to commit suicide by starting all the cars with the garage door closed. She is saved by Lionel Larrabee (Humphrey Bogart). Sabrina is then sent to Paris to learn to be a Cordon Bleu chef. She returns a sophisticated woman, unrecognized by David who immediately falls in love with her much to the consternation of Lionel. Because David is to marry the daughter of a plastic manufacturer whose new plastics will make the Larrabees a small fortune. To keep David on track Lionel begins to woo Sabrina.

I have an argument with my youngest daughter regarding Sabrina she likes the remake with Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, and Greg Kinnear. I point out that this version has elements to it that aren’t in the remake, to wit Humphrey Bogart.

Bogart who played gangsters and tough guys for most of his films was cast into the lead of a romantic comedy. Billy Wilder stretched Bogart’s acting abilities and drew out a performance that is second to none. And because of that I would say that Sabrina is well worth the watch.

I give Sabrina give stars out of five.

Faith’s Checkbook


Dauntless Faith
“I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee” (Acts 18:10).

So long as the LORD had work for Paul to do in Corinth, the fury of the mob was restrained. The Jews opposed themselves and blasphemed; but they could neither stop the preaching of the gospel nor the conversion of the hearers. God has power over the most violent minds. He makes the wrath of man to praise Him when it breaks forth, but He still more displays His goodness when He restrains it; and He can restrain it. “By the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people pass over, I LORD.”

Do not, therefore, feel any fear of man when you know that you are doing your duty. Go straight on, as Jesus would have done, and those who oppose shall be as a bruised reed and as smoking flax. Many a time men have had cause to fear because they were themselves afraid; but a dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant’s path. No man can harm us unless the LORD permits. He who makes the devil himself to flee at a word can certainly control the devil’s agents. Maybe they are already more afraid of you than you are of them. Therefore, go forward, and where you looked to meet with foes you will find friends.

Faith’s Checkbook


Grace for the Humble
“He giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).

Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts
yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them
more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of
grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are
grateful for grace and give the LORD the glory of it, and hence it is
consistent with His honor to give it to them.

Come, dear reader,
take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the LORD may
make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not
humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are
proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride.
We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving
creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble
ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the LORD will
give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and
grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more
grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that
God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be
humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God.

Faith’s Checkbook


God is a Sanctuary
“Therefore say, Thus saith
the LORD God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and
although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to
them as a Little Sanctuary in the countries where they shall come”
(Ezekiel 11:16).

Banished from the public means of grace, we are not removed from the
grace of the means. The LORD who places His people where they feel as
exiles will Himself be with them and be to them all that they could have
had at home, in the place of their solemn assemblies. Take this to
yourselves, O ye who are called to wander!

God is to His people a
place of refuge. They find sanctuary with Him from every adversary, He
is their place of worship, too. He is with them as with Jacob when he
slept in the open field, and rising, said, “Surely God was in this
place,” To them also He will be a sanctuary of quite, like the Holy of
Holies, which was the noiseless abode of the Eternal. They shall be
quiet from fear of evil.

God Himself, in Christ Jesus, is the sanctuary of mercy. The Ark of the Covenant
is the LORD Jesus, and Aaron’s rod, the pot of manna, the tables of the
law, all are in Christ our sanctuary. In God we find the shrine of
holiness and of communion. What more do we need? O LORD, fulfill this
promise and be ever to us as a little sanctuary!

Covid-19


Martin Luther having gone through a pandemic,the black plague, had these words of advice that apply even now.

Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it.

I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.

If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.

If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.

Moreover, he who has contracted the disease and recovered should keep away from others and not admit them into his presence unless it be necessary.

Though one should aid him in his time of need, as previously pointed out, he in turn should, after his recovery, so act toward others that no one becomes unnecessarily endangered on his account and so cause another’s death. ‘Whoever loves danger,’ says the wise man, ‘will perish by it.’”

From: Whether one may flee from a deadly plague.

Earworm Wednesday: Chris Creech


So I am going to do something different for today’s Earworm Wednesday. Meet Chris Creech who makes parody songs about Christian Twitter. When I first saw this video I laughed myself silly.

I then found out that he was only posting these on Twitter. So I pleaded, cajoled, whined until he agreed to put them on YouTube also.

So if you’re on Twitter follow him and subscribe to his channel on YouTube and have a laugh.

A Rant


So a few months ago the inimitable Dan Phillips made a tweet that went something like this: Back in the seventies a new tv series would come out and our only though was “I wonder if it is going to be any good?”. Now it is ” I wonder which character is going to be LGBTQ+? “.

Recently this was brought into focus with the latest Disney-Pixar animated movie called Onward. In it there is a female character who talks about her ‘girlfriend ‘ and the kids they have together. And this is causing some consternation among Christians who are mad because of what they perceive as Disney’s betrayal of family films.

Well here’s a news flash while you have been watching Disney DreamWorks has already snuck in their LGBTQ+ character into a children’s cartoon. What am I talking about? Meet Kipo and the Age of the Wonder Beasts.

Now in this series you meet Kipo a young girl in her teens who lives underground with her father and the rest of the human survivors away from the mutant beasts that live above ground. Well one day Kipo’s little group gets attacked and Kipo is left above ground. Well just like every other journey story Kipo gathers a little group around her including a young boy named Mandu. And in one scene where Kipo reveals that she may have feelings for Mandu he tells her that he is gay. And if course when they do arrive where Kipo’s group has fled Mandu sees the prettiest boy in the group and falls in lust.

Now maybe it is just me. Maybe DreamWorks Animation isn’t associated with family cartoons, which makes no sense to me considering that they have made Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and more. Or maybe it is the Disney brand. I know that we boomers grew up with Wonderful World of Disney, the Mickey Mouse Club, (the original) and other things from our childhood. But here is a clue Walt’s been dead for a number of years now and Disney has been kowtowing to the LGBTQ+ crowd for some time now. Quit expecting something different.

Right now it is tough finding “family friendly” films. Family is being redefined along with gender and anything else that the culture warriors can get a hold of, and Disney went to the other side long ago. You want something that the entire family can watch don’t look at current movies start investing into the classics. There is a reason they called it the golden age.

That is it for tonight returning you to your regular scheduled Monday night.