Yes once again it is time for another Frenetic Friday but first the staff and management of the Keach Fan Blog hope and pray that you had a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Now on with the show!
Luke 2:1-18 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
This is my favorite adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Alastair Sims does a perfect portrayal of the miser Scrooge. The set pieces are perfect evoking England in the 1840’s where poverty was the major killer of children. The filming in black and white helps accent the poverty of the characters.
Portrayed also is the humble faith of the poor trusting Christ and the hope found in the scriptures. This one of the few adaptions where you see the characters actually reading from the bible.
If your traditions extend to watching holiday themed movies at this time please consider Scrooge.
I give this film five out of five Christmas Carols.
The Carol of the Bells
Yes tis the season so as I battle this check back later for updates. Until then AHHH-CHOOO!
Q. 22. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereunto man fell?
A. The sinfulness of that estate whereunto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam’s first sin, the want of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original sin, together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it.
Romans 5:19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
Romans 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one.
Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
In honor of the late Jazz great Dave Brubeck here is Take Five.
Darkness and fear is threatening the children of the world. And each of the guardians have met to induct another guardian into the protective society. The trouble is that no one can see him.
Jack Frost is the hero of this film but unlike the other heroes: Santa Claus (he’s called North in the film), Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman
Jack isn’t seen by the children. In fact when a child asks about “Jack Frost nipping at your nose” their parent says that “it’s just something you say”.
This bothers Jack he wants to know his purpose why does he exist, why are others of his kind (North, Tooth Fairy, et al) able to be seen and felt by children but children just walk through him.
And then there is Pitch literally the monster under the bed, the bogey man. He’s tired of the guardians keeping him at bay and he has learned some new tricks to reduce their powers.
Visually this is a very appealing film the animation is perfect and the character design is great. I even liked the tattoos on Santa Claus (naughty on one arm nice on the other). The twists on the themes, yetis actually make the toys they just tell the elves that they make them. Or the tooth fairies look like humming birds, and the Easter bunny carries boomerangs. I especially loved the elf design which is essentially a cone with legs and a bell. Just great.
The story is good, not too scary for younger children and it also shows the triumph of good over evil.
I’m giving this four out of five ice crystals.