Try as we might, we cannot ignore the tumultuous relationship that exists between "the Lord" and the humans throughout the book of Genesis. Routinely, the humans make propositions in order to prevent an undesired condition, and God responds by forcing the unwanted condition upon the humans. Consider the story of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis … 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 freely … Continue reading In Defense of the Serpent
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 appears to be a noose in the foreground, but … 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
1/3/15 Un Chien Andalou (1929) Director: Luis Buñuel “An Andalusian Dog” is a silent, Freudian free association film. Its running time is about 15-21 minutes depending the version, and it was the first surrealist experiment with film by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. The film begins with a title card reading “One Upon a Time” and introduces … Continue reading Un Chien Andalou
Steamboat Bill Jr. was the last of Buster Keaton’s 9 independent films made for Joseph Schenck and it was the last big comedic film of the silent era. His independent feature films for Schenck included: Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1923) Sherlock Jr. (1924) The Navigator (1924) Seven Chances (1925) Go West (1925) The General (1927) College (1927) Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) The story … Continue reading Steamboat Bill Jr.
1/1/15 La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc or “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the greatest films ever made and is based on the surviving record of the trial of Joan of Arc (1412-1431) when she was captured by the English and … Continue reading La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
1/1/15 Steamboat Willie (1928) Director: Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks Running at seven minutes and twenty three seconds Steamboat Willie is the first animated short cartoon to feature a synchronized soundtrack to match the cartoon. The title is in reference to Buster Keaton’s film, entitled Steamboat Bill, Jr. and both are based on the popular … Continue reading Steamboat Willie