Updated 2019 Book List

Here is the updated book list:

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Why We Love The Church:  In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck

To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Good Faith by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons

Creature of the Word:  The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson and Eric Geiger

 

 

MoviePass Adventures: Month 23

It appears we have reached the end of MoviePass.  It was during this month that they announced they are indefinitely suspending service so it looks like it’s finally over.  It’s too bad because I was one month away from what would’ve been my two year anniversary with them.  I at least got one more film out of them and not it looks like I’m fully on the AMC A-List bandwagon.  Here’s the film I saw with it (not counting what I saw with AMC A-List: After The Wedding )

1.) Overcomer

This is the first film I’ve seen in a long time that was not a sequel/remake/based on a true story.  Overcomer tells the story of Hannah Scott, a young teenage girl who is going to a new school and is trying to find her way while also being the only person on the cross country team.  She as well as her coach (Coach Hammond) are seeking to answer the question of where they find their identity.  I’m always highly critical of faith based films (because I want them to be good and be faithful to the Gospel).  I felt like this film did a good job in being faithful to the Gospel.  The Kendrick Brothers are usually good about that.  The storytelling of the film is okay.  it’s not great but it’s not bad either.  Overall it was a solid film.

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 66

(Number of unique films seen overall: 64)

(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 36)

(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 32)

MoviePass Adventures: Month 22

Let’s be real.  It’s shocking that Moviepass is still a thing that is working.  Ironically, I was able to update the app and start accessing it again right after a lot of new bad press came out about the company.  Yet, the product still worked for me.  So here’s what I saw this month (not counting what I saw with AMC A-List:  Fast and Furious Presents;  Hobbs and Shaw, The Art of Racing in the Rain):

1.) Brian Banks

Based on the true story of a young man wrongly accused and convicted, Brian Banks is about a young man who as a teenager was wrongly charged and convicted of a rape charge that landed him in jail and took away essentially 10 years of his life and the fight he had to clear his name and get exonerated.  I knew the true story this film was based off of so I was already interested in seeing the film.  The film does the story justice and was very compelling.  It is definitely worth seeing whether you’re a sports fan or not.

2.) Blinded by the Light

This film is based on the true story of a Pakistani teen living in a small town in England and growing up in the 80s who finds a voice through the songs of Bruce Springsteen.  It is such a funny, warm, uplifting, heartfelt film that deals with themes of love, life, family and finding a place in the world.  I’m not a huge Springsteen fan but I really liked how they weaved his music into the story.  And all the actors were great in their roles.

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 65

(Number of unique films seen overall: 63)

(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 35)

(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 31)

MoviePass Adventures: Month 21

For only the second time in my adventures with MoviePass I failed to see a film.  This time it was because mainly that the company put its app “in repair” and shut it down from use on July 4th and I hadn’t used it prior to that date.  And they gave an indefinite date as to when it will be working again.  So it may be done.  Thankfully there is AMC A-List that has allowed me to still see films.  So in its stead I’ve seen the following: (Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King)

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 63

(Number of unique films seen overall: 61)

(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 33)

(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 29)

2019 Book List

This has been a long time coming as I have been taking a long time reading through books this year.  Here is the list so far:

Vintage Church by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Why We Love The Church:  In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck

To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler

 

MoviePass Adventures: Month 20

MoviePass is still a thing (though not from lack of trying where I was literally this close to cancelling it because of some goofups with the app) but still have it and still able to use it  Here’s this month’s films (not counting what I saw on AMC A-List which included The Sun is Also a Star, Godzilla: King of the Monsters x2)

1.) Aladdin

This is the live action remake of the classic Disney animated film.  It tells the story of a young man named Aladdin who finds a magic lamp and with the help of Genie, a Magic Carpet and his monkey friend Apu, try to win the heart of Princess Jasmine while avoiding the evil Jafar.  On it’s own I really enjoyed the film.  Compared to the animated film, I thought they did a good job adapting it to live action.  I’m usually not a big fan of these animated to live action remakes but this one was really good.  i thought the character of Dalia the handmaiden to Jasmine stole the show.  Though I prefer the animated version, I still think this was worth seeing and enjoyed it.

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 63

(Number of unique films seen overall: 61)

(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 30)

(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 26)

MoviePass Adventures: Month 19

MoviePass still keeps going along (and funny enough had a person at a theater tell me this month “Use it while you can”) so here’s this month’s viewings (not counting what I saw on AMC A-List: Breakthrough (two times), Penguins, Avengers:  Endgame, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu)

1.) The Best of Enemies

Based on the true story of two people who were polar opposites living in Durham, North Carolina in the 1970s:  C.P Ellis, a local KKK president and Ann Atwater, an organizer within the local black community.  When the issue of school integration came to the forefront in Durham the two were put together on a committee to work through potential solutions.  Through this, there developed a friendship and the film shows how their lives (and the lives of the people in Durham are changed).  It is a very powerful film.  I thought the performances were tremendous and loved the cinematography work.  I hope this film is recognized with awards come award season.

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 62

(Number of unique films seen overall: 60)

(Number of films seen with AMC A-List: 27)

(Number of unique films seen with AMC A-List: 24)