Friday update


So not to put too fine a point on it but its been a long day at work, no strike that it has been a long week at work.  And while I must work by the sweat of my brow it has been extra sweaty this week.  I hope to have something this Saturday.  Stay tuned. 

Movie Review: The Philadelphia Story



Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director: George Cukor
Writers: David Ogden Stewart, Waldo Salt
Cast: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Virginia Wiedler, Roland Young, Mary Nash, and John Halliday.

Plot: A Philadelphia socialite, Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband , C.K. Dexter Haven(Cary Grant) and a tabloid photographer (Ruth Hussey) and reporter (James Stewart) who have crashed the wedding to get exclusive pictures and stories of the event. To make matters worse the socialite’s father (John Halliday) has been involved with a showgirl and the editor of the tabloid threatens to expose the father’s philandering unless they can take pictures of the nuptials.

Complicating matters the presence of C.K. Dexter Haven is causing Tracy to have second thoughts about her upcoming marriage. Mostly because her fiance, George (John Howard), is treating her like a goddess on a pillar, when she wants to be treated like a real woman. The night of the engagement party Tracy drinks too much, for the second time in her life, and ends up with the reporter, Mike (James Stewart) and takes a dip in the pool with him. The cold water and liqueur knocks her out and Mike being a gentleman carries her to her room only to meet George and C.K. Dexter Haven.

George is outraged and to forestall any unpleasantness Dexter punches Mike and knocks him out. The next day with aching heads by many George delivers an ultimatum.
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This is in my humble opinion one of the best comedies of the era. Both Grant and Hepburn are sublime in their roles as former spouses who still have love for each other. James Stewart is the perfect sounding board for both of them. Now this was remade into a musical comedy called High Society with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Celeste Holms. But while I like High Society, especially seeing Louis Armstrong sing and play in the movie, I think the Philadelphia Story is the better movie.

I give this movie five stars don’t wait go out and rent it or buy for an excellent movie night.

Catechism


Q. 56 What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?
A.  I believe that God, because of Christ’s atonement, will never hold against me any of my sins nor my sinful nature which I need to struggle against all my life.  Rather, in his grace God grants me the righteousness of Christ to free me forever from judgment.

Ps. 103:3-4, 10, 12; Mic. 7:18-19; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 1 John 1:7; 2:2
Rom. 7:21-25
John 3:17-18; Rom. 8:1-2

Frenetic Friday Night


Let me extend a welcome to the new readers of the blog.  I am glad you’ve decided to stop by. 

First from PJ Media a bit of science and theology:

And lest you think I am pulling your leg you can read about the experiment here

One further comment on this particular byte of information. It is always easy for those who hold to a materialistic worldview to reduce faith, and belief down to chemical reactions in the brain. What they haven’t done is explain why one set of chemical reactions are more true than another one. There is no right or wrong with chemical reactions they just are. But, Christians see all of us as image bearers of God and belief and faith is a response to the truth of what God has revealed and not just a chemical reaction.

Do you watch reality television? The nothing really “real” about reality television, but there is one that I must confess I’ve watched a time or two. It’s called Chopped. Chef’s are given a basket of ingredients and told to make various courses with the ingredients. And the ingredients usually include something pretty outlandish like butter beans, ostrich egg, and crème de mint. Now make breakfast.

So the Federalist had a recent article about a North Carolina bar holding a fund raiser for Planned Parenthood. The theme? Chopped.

Think about that, a fund raiser for a company whose main purpose is to chop up babies into parts having a theme called “Chopped” it is sickening. Federalist: NC Bar fundraising for Planned Parenthood

And now something completely different.

Have you seen this? This guy builds a house using primitive tools, yes I know that really doesn’t sound too impressive. Well how about he builds a house, a kiln, and makes his own roof tiles, using just primitive tools? You had me at roof tiles.

Now that is reality television. See you next week.

Balcony curtain slightly open.


OK so this is a late post but I did try to watch  Noah, the Russell Crowe train wreck. It was on my new movies queue on Hulu.  But I have to be honest I could only watch fifteen minutes before I turned it off.  I could feel my blood pressure rise as I watched this fiction being played out and seeing how they used every gnostic source but ignored the original and I was getting angry.  But when Russell Crowe blesses his son using the skin of the snake I said that was enough. 

So Noah is a no.