Try as we might, we cannot ignore the tumultuous relationship between "the Lord" and the humans throughout the book of Genesis. Routinely, the humans make propositions in order to prevent punishments, and God responds by forcing punishments upon the humans. Consider the story of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis XI. All the earth … Continue reading Genesis XI: The Lord versus the City of Man
In the garden of Eden, we encounter two trees: the tree of knowledge, good and evil; and the tree of life. In Genesis chapter III, we discover new humans in the garden (if we accept either the seven day creation narrative of Genesis I, or the 'soil and rib' narrative of Genesis II). The humans … Continue reading Genesis III: In Defense of the Serpent
Safety Last! (1923) Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor Released in 1923, Safety Last! is a brilliant comedy and is Harold Lloyd’s most famous film. Here is the iconic scene of Lloyd hanging from the clock high above moving traffic: The film opens with Harold, his mother, and girlfriend Mildred walking to the train station with what … Continue reading Safety Last!
First Academy Awards (1929) The first Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles and honored the best films of 1927 and 1928. It was a short private dinner, costing $5 to attend, with 270 people in attendance. The ceremony … Continue reading First Academy Awards (1929)
Deuteronomy comes to us from the Greek meaning “second law,” and the Hebrew Devarim meaning “spoken words” or also “these are the words.” It is presented as the valedictory speech of Moses which he delivers across the Jordan shortly before his death. It is the most rhetorical book of the Torah, and since rhetoric can be … Continue reading The Words of Moses
1/3/15 Man With A Movie Camera (1929) Director: Dziga Vertov Man With A Movie Camera is an abstract Soviet film depicting various scenes of modern life and technology in the cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow, and Odessa. The film, while having no main plot or characters, is famous for its ingenius cinematic and editing techniques … Continue reading Man With A Movie Camera