MoviePass Adventures: Month 5

Into my 5th month of MoviePass, after last month’s record of 9 films, here’s what I saw this month:

1) Early Man

From the makers of the Wallace & Gromit & Shaun the Sheep films, Early Man is the story of Dug & a group of cave people who are trying to save their valley from the evil Lord Nooth and the impending Bronze Age.  It’s a fun little film with a really good voice cast featuring Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams and Tom Hiddleston.

 

2.) Samson

Based on the biblical story from the book of Judges, Samson tells the story of Samson, one of the Judges during the time before kings in Israel.  As a film, I thought it was good. It had a pretty interesting cast with Billy Zane, Lindsey Wagner among others.  Putting on the theologian hat, it got most everything right.  There were some things that were taken liberties with.  But overall I thought it was fair to the scriptures in telling the story.

3.) Peter Rabbit

Based on the children’s stories by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit has all the lovable characters in a modern setting with a new Mr. McGregor  (played by Domhnall Gleeson) dealing with the rabbits and other wildlife.  It was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed it and laughed out loud a lot of times.  Great kids movie and for adults as well.

4.) Red Sparrow

This film (based on the first of a trilogy of novels) centers around a former Russian ballet dancer who gets injured and has to help our her uncle who works for Russian intelligence.  This then leads her to live a live as a spy working to find out who the mole is in the Russian government.  She does this to save her own life and to help out her mother who is sick.  It is a very deep film with lots of layers.  Has a great cast.  I think though seeing it once was enough for me. It isn’t a film I would want to go back and see over and over.

5.) I Can Only Imagine

Based on the story of the life of Bart Millard, the lead singer of Mercy Me & the writer of the song “I Can Only Imagine”, the film tells the story of his life growing up in Texas with an abusive father and a gift for singing.  Along the way of pursuing a dream of music, Bart had to learn forgiveness for his father and also to find his voice as a singer.  It is a tremendous film and one that I would highly recommend to everyone.

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 28

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2018 Book List

It took a little while but here is the list of books read so far in 2018:

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller

Replant: How Did a Dying Church Can Grow Again by Mark DeVine & Darrin Patrick

Board Games and Community

This past weekend was the 13th annual Tennessee Game Days.  It’s a board game convention that’s held in Franklin, TN.  This year was the 4th year that I’ve attended.  I was always one that enjoyed playing board games even as a kid.  But I really got into playing board games when the resurgence of popularity of them took off earlier this decade.

For those that don’t know, a board game convention (like this one) is where people from all around come together to play board games.  People from all walks of life get together and sit down to play games.  How cool is that?  This being my fourth year I’ve seen several people that I recognize from previous years as well as meet new people who are there for the first time.

People that know me know I’m a “extroverted introvert”.  I like small groups and need my time to recharge the social batteries.  But I love going to events like this to meet people and interact.  It is a cool way to build community sitting around talking and playing games.

People from different backgrounds can come together and fellowship and build community.  That is what the church is about as well  People from all walks of life coming together to fellowship and worship.  And I’ve found that something as simple as playing a board game can be a way to connect with people and build relationships.

In our society of being connected digitally, it’s nice to unplug and connect in such an analog way.  I think it would be well for all of us to find a group of friends (or make new friends) and play board games.  Connect and develop relationships through something as simple as a game can have a big difference in someone’s life.