In the last blog, I wrote about the books my family and I are reading. And then I asked for some good reads from all of you. The response back was wonderful! I’m always fascinated by what others are reading. Often it becomes a dinnertime conversation when we have guests in the home. (By the way, I picked up two more books in the last 24 hours to add to my list: Into Thin Air, Krakauer and Orthodoxy, Chesterton.) So I thought I would do it all over again, this time with another favorite topic of mine…the movies.
First, here are the ones we have watched recently as individuals or as a family:
Platoon: Oliver Stone’s brutal reliving of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a new private. What happens to him as he confronts the insanity around him is both disturbing and profound.
The Sound of Music: We watched this as a family as Rachel was recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. I have seen it so many times (and just saw the original play version that Studio Tenn did). I’m blown away by the genius of the music and by the father in the play who learns to love and sing again.
The Bourne Trilogy: The chase scenes are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a movie. And the plot is riveting. The theme of Bourne trying to figure out his identity has so many parallels to our own struggles here.
Inception: On the third time through, I think I finally understand it! Just trying to follow this movie is another adventure. The story line and special effects are so unique. And the father/son relationship is at the bottom of the plot and the dreams. Does that ever sound familiar!
127 Hours: OK…to be honest, I haven’t finished this one. In the middle of it. Harrowing but true story of a rock climber who had to cut off his own arm to survive. Will I be able to survive the gruesome end? (Rachel did when she watched it!)