1.01.2006

Old movies

I've been watching a lot of old movies recently, because they're the only interesting-looking ones at the library. (I can't afford to rent movies or to go see them in the theater; I have only a part-time job right now and am trying to save money for grad school in the fall!) I watched To Kill a Mockingbird a few days ago, and just finished 12 Angry Men. I don't think I'd heard of the latter until I saw it on the shelf in the library yesterday, but I'm glad I ran across it. It was a lot more interesting than I expected. To Kill a Mockingbird was very good as well.

Up next is The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. I watched it a couple years ago and seem to remember liking it.

Has anyone out there ever watched Babette's Feast? I see it on the shelf at the library every time I go check out movies (apparently it's not terribly popular) and have been thinking about getting it. I'm wondering whether it will be any good.

Speaking of movies, Amazon.com has the DVD of the BBC miniseries
Pride and Prejudice on sale for $19.96 (regular price $39.95). Yes, it's the 5-hour version, and I can't wait for it to get here!

For those of you who are concerned: No, I'm not spending my entire semester off from school watching movies--I am trying to stimulate my brain once in a while. I started reading a book called The South Was Right!, but I'm not sure if I'll read all 300+ pages. I crawled up to our attic last night and dug through several boxes of my dad's books, and found some good stuff: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis; The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom; a booklet called Reformed Evangelism; and a collection of letters written by Charles G. Finney toward the end of his life. The Finney letters, according to the back of the book, discuss some of his concerns regarding religious revivals, including "superficial revivals, unhealthy revival excitement, spurious conversions, why so few revivals?, hindrances to a revival spirit, too much emotionalism in some groups, and in others too much fear of emotionalism." Knowing what I do of his tactics, I'm not surprised that he was seeing problems in his revivals. It should be interesting, though, to see what (if anything) he wished he had done differently.

2 comments:

Joanna said...

Have never seen Babette's Feast but have heard that it's good. Actually I've read that it's good. Mrs. Turner talkes about it in one of her novels. I think it's mentioned in her latest one.

I've read Till We Have Faces. I don't recall liking it too much. But then I kinda sped-read through it so I think it deserves another reading by me. Maybe later.

The 12 Angry Men - was it the b&w version? If so I love that one. There's a new one out that I do not care to see (I think it has men and women in it). And as to P&P, go rent from Blockbuster or wherever the "new" one. It was done 2 or 3 years ago and is set in Mormon Utah but could so be set on campus. It goes by the same name. It is also available on Amazon. Love "To Kill...."
Ok - rambling too much now - will go back to my own blog where I belong.

mel said...

Hmm, that must be where I've heard of Babette's Feast before. I knew it sounded familiar.

Yes, it was the old b&w 12 Angry Men.

I was in Utah a couple summers ago on a mission trip, and our team visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I was sort of stunned to see so many women in jean skirts outside our own little bubble... not to mention all the people who were not walking on the grass... =)