Monday, August 07, 2006

movies i've watched recently

1. I Confess

A Hitchcock movie with Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. Top shelf. I recommend it highly. Five stars, etc. Deacon Awesomo was right. Hitchcock at his best. And its all about a priest.

2. Dragonslayer

The kind of uncompromising nonsense that could only have been made in the 80's. It shies away neither from gore, nor nudity. Its replete with stop motion animation, and a facile condescension toward Christianity which sort of rankles. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Thank God. Its certainly no Willow. In fact: four thumbs down.

3. Through a Glass Darkly

Ingmar Bergman again. Matches my mood lately. I think this one is rather more beautiful, and less overbearing, than The Seventh Seal. And Harriet Andersson's performance as Karin is really quite something. An intelligent -- and not altogether hopeless -- take on faith, love, family, narcissism, God, etc. The usual Bergman stuff, what? But, as I said, more beautiful and less overbearing.

4. Beyond the Gates of Splendor

Amazing. Documentary about five Protestant martyrs who worked among the natives of Ecuador. This movie just might blow your socks off or reduce you to tears. Its a very well-crafted and timely reminder that, contrary to what General Convention may tell you, mission and evangelism are much more than the Millenium Development Goals. Or should be.


Pontificator said...

I have to disagree with you on Dragonslayer. Vermithrax is still the best movie-dragon. Just compare her to Draco in the terrible Dragonheart

It's not a great movie, I grant, but I'm still fond of it. :-)

Garland said...

They're being added to the Netflix qcueue even now!