A lot of (planned & unplanned) busy-ness has kept my summer hopping along (and my blogsite a little lonelier than usual these days).  Even so, I’ve managed to keep up with one of my favorite summer past-times: movies in the theatre.  (For some reason, it’s a seasonal indulgence for me.) 

My pride won’t allow for a full confessional here (as I realized only after the fact that I’d chosen the strangest show to view “solo” in a nearby KC theatre recently).  Since I’m not making public a list of movies I’ve seen already … I figured the least I could do is go on-record saying: I can’t wait to watch Batman’s latest.  I’m also intrigued by the little I’ve heard about This Side of HeavenBoth are on my hitlist.



Tonite … during a discussion with those from Beggar’s Table.  Jon Bowles – facilitator of the conversation – described the seamless faith on display in this film (entitled Sophie Scholl: The Final Days).  I’m excited about adding it to my cue …

some “why” in wild

April 18, 2008

Happiness, wholeness, transcendence … intimacy, wisdom, & love.  These are just a few of the themes held together (sometimes in tension) as the biography of Christopher McCandless unfolds in Sean Penn’s 2007 movie, Into the Wild.  The DVD finally made its debut into my Blockbuster cue.  After reading Krakauer’s book (by the same title) several years ago, I was expecting to be disappointed. 

Not the case.  Beautiful scenery coupled with important glimpses of humanity proved to be a compelling combo.  Though the film flirted, at times, with simplistic or stereotypical narrative (less so than the novel), it managed–still–to pose deep and central considerations for any of us “transcendent folk” who call this world our home.

Worth its spot in the Q.