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Hi guys, what’s up?

Happy March, happy Spring. 🌱

Well sorta. Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) saw his shadow on February 2, which, (if you believe in the boogeyman (and Pennsylvania Dutch superstition)), means another 6 weeks of dark, brittle bone-breaking winter. Which, I don’t know about you, but F**K Yeah!

Not too much has been happenin around here. I got back to reading after a brief hiatus, during which time I watched a lot of movies. Emphasis on free movies. And you know what? I like movies! I used to not; I’d preferred to read the book instead. Just something about sitting for 1-2 hours staring passively at a screen was a bit too much for me before I got all spiritual and God-like. I had a lot of ants in my pants back then.

And you know what too? I discovered that I really love action and adventure movies. I think The Final Master has become one of my favorites. But in a funny twist, I prefer movies with subtitles. That’s right. I still like to read as I watch movies, because I love Asian—particularly South Korean and Chinese—action movies, lots of fighting, martial arts & action. Brotherhood of Blades, Journey to the West, A Company Man, Ip Man (first one), Assassination, New World are some good ones. I also really love African movies, particularly Nigerian (I think); I dunno, there’s a lot of free African movies on YouTube. Anyhow, they’re almost so horribly shot that it’s comical, and Africans, like Jamaicans, have a way of expressing themselves that I think is clever and also hilarious. A lot of their movies focus on relationships, but they join Asian cinema in being master storytellers.

One movie that struck me was Hero with Jet Li. It wasn’t a favorite, but the overall message was awesome in summing up how life works, how God works, without the movie being overtly spiritual at all. And that got me to thinking about some of my fave movies with similar covert/overt religious/spiritual themes:

Def by Temptation (1990)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
To Sleep with Anger (1990)

Btw, Hero is about how a man makes it his life mission to kill the king, who is set to conquer the 6 kingdoms to unify China. He makes it all the way near to the king but doesn’t kill him. He retreats, and as he leaves the palace, the king issues the order to execute him, and China is unified. Great message about how we’re just small dots here, and how our petty smallness needs to be sacrificed or surrendered in order to achieve something greater. He’s a “hero” with no name in the movie.

And, because you know I’m all about my indie reads, I couldn’t leave you without some awesome books with similar themes, exploring good and Evil, God vs devil…or just evil. Check em out; they’re available at Amazon and/or Smashwords, or from the Indie Corner if it’s in the library:

And that’s about it. Happy March, happy spring. ☘️