When Henry, Maria and their three sons touch down on the stunning shores of Thailand, they see nothing more than the raw beauty of the tropical paradise that awaits them. But on the morning of December 26th, 2004, their whole world changes in a matter of moments. For as the family laughs and plays in the deceptive comfort of their resort surroundings, a deep and guttural sound rises up, as if the earth itself has been shaken loose of its moorings. And as Maria looks on in horror, an enormous, surging wall of pitch-black water comes crashing across the well-manicured grounds, engulfing the family in a swirling vortex of death and destruction. Read the rest of this entry »
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Last year, in the early days of May, I put together a short list of upcoming films that I expected to shine. Looking back upon it now, it seems quite clear that 2012 was not a great year for films. Not only did many of these movies fall short of my expectations, not a single film stood out as a game-changer. There was no Tree of Life, or The Mill and the Cross like there was in 2011. Instead, there was a steady slate of good films that were often quite entertaining, even if they ultimately fell short of being truly memorable. So without further adieu, I give you my final grades for the films I most wanted to see in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
The scene is almost as classic as the film in which it is found. Having just discovered the brutally burned remains of his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Luke Skywalker has agreed to travel off-planet with Obi-wan Kenobi on a desperate mission to deliver two droids that contain vital information to finally putting an end to Vader’s Empire. But upon arriving at the Mos Eisley Spaceport, they are confronted by imperial stormtroopers hunting for the droids. Just at this moment, when all seems lost, the mysterious Kenobi, in his first real display of power, simply waves his hand and says the iconic words: “These are not the droids you are looking for.” And just like that, the befuddled stormtroopers parrot his words and numbly allow the heroes to continue forward on their fateful journey.
Several weeks ago, Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) attempted his own “Jedi mind trick” of sorts, as he sought to convince his congregation that they need not listen to the external critics of his ministry, in spite of the evidence that was right before their eyes. Listen closely to what he says in this sermon based loosely upon John 2:13-22. Read the rest of this entry »