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Sunday, March 31, 2013

God looks out for His Children

God looks out for us. He makes everything work out to His will. I have a story to tell that really shows God's care.

A few weeks before this post, I was driving back to the college campus after a nice weekend home. The roads were horrible. There was snow blowing across the road and the visibility was less than a mile. I was worried because there were a lot of sharp turns along this one stretch of road. I prayed that God would take care of me. Lo and behold, every time I came to a turn, the snow cleared up so I could see the turn. There were quite a few turns on this road, but I was able to see every one of them. 

I got on to the interstate and was cruising along, going way faster than I should have. There wasn't ice on the previous roads, but the interstate was really bad that particular day. I was going about 75 miles per hour when I felt my wheels begin to slip.

Oh no, I'm going to flip over. I thought as my car spun off the highway. There was nothing I could do about it, so I closed my eyes and tightly clenched the steering wheel. My car flipped over, most of the windows shattered, and I felt snow land in my lap. Then I was still. I opened my eyes and looked around. My luggage had been thrown out the back windshield and I couldn't find my phone. There was  a lot  of snow in my car. I hopped out and grabbed my luggage, thinking, well, that could have been a lot worse. 

I was picked up by a police man and escorted into town. The strange part of it all was that I was in a great mood the rest of the day. I never even went into shock over the incident. I mean, it was the first car accident I'd ever been in! And I flipped the car completely over! I was amazed that I was unscathed, but to this day I am not a bit sad that I lost my car. I am alive, I am well; God has been watching over me.

I recently was able to get another look at the spot where I had my accident. I know where it was because I found my spoiler from my car. Here's the clincher: On one side there is a lake. On the other there is a series of fences.  I landed in the perfect spot for an accident. Was that coincidental? Absolutely not. God was looking out for me in more ways than I originally thought. Praise God, for he looks out for His children.

If the accident wasn't so serious, I would say it was really fun.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Film Week 4: Roshomon



Name: Rashomon

Director: Akira Kurosawa 

Time of release: 1950 (Japan), 1951 (US)

Studio: Daiei Film co.
Cast:
Toshirô Mifune
...
Tajômaru
Machiko Kyô
...
Masako Kanazawa
Masayuki Mori
...
Takehiro Kanazawa
Takashi Shimura
...
Woodcutter
Minoru Chiaki
...
Priest







Summary:
A murder and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. 

I definitely didn’t like this film. It was confusing, and it was never really resolved. However, I liked the dramatic effects.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday's Post: 24 March, 2013

This is my Watercolor #5 picture.

Romans 5:6-11

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.


Praise God for his mercy and providence!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Social Media, or Watercolor #4

I was going to call this one "Pop Culture," But switched to "Social Media" because it's more specific. I do admit that the mustache isn't really part of social media, and if you have a problem with that, you can just call it Pop Culture. It's in watercolor, as usual.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art Class Project, or Watercolor #3

My current assignment for art class was to paint something using one color, yet still show the different shades. Here is my attempt at painting a paintbrush. It is, of course, in watercolor.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Watercolor #2

Here's my second watercolor. Hope you like it!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A new Medium: Watercolor 1

I have used all types of media for art. I have used oil, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, and others. But one Medium I haven't used since I was just a pip-squeak is watercolor.

 I know I'm not really good at watercolors right now, but hopefully with practice I will get better and be able to do more than just grass and a tree.

Here is Watercolor #1:


Monday, March 18, 2013

Film Week 3: Life is Beautiful





Name: Life is beautiful
Director: Roberto Benigni.
Time of release: December 20, 1997 (Italy)
October 23, 1998 (United States)
Studio: Cecchi Gori Group

Summary:
A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

I love war films. This film, however, wasn’t really one I would watch twice. Well, Maybe I would watch it twice, but not three times. Though it was funny, well put together, and altogether entertaining, There was just this feeling to it, this feeling that nothing was in the right place. I don’t really know how to say it in words, but I just wasn’t comfortable with it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Film Week 2: Cinema Paradiso





Name: Cinema Paradiso
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Time of release: 1990
Studio: Les Films Ariane
Cast:
Philippe Noiret as Alfredo
Salvatore Cascio as Salvatore Di Vita (child)
Marco Leonardi as Salvatore Di Vita (adolescent)
Jacques Perrin as Salvatore Di Vita (adult)
Antonella Attili as Maria (young)
Enzo Cannavale as Spaccafico
Isa Danieli as Anna
Pupella Maggio as Maria (old)
Agnese Nano as Elena Mendola (adolescent)
Leopoldo Trieste as Father Adelfio
Nino Terzo as Peppino's Father
Giovanni Giancono as The Mayor


Summary:
A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years for Alfredo’s funeral.

This was a great film, I think, not because of the story, which, though a good one, didn’t really hold my attention. What really made me like the film was the setting, the actors, and just how the film played out; how it was directed. The actors did a marvelous job, and the setting was amazing.

Friday, March 1, 2013

New addition- Film Reviews

Allow me to introduce the newest feature to this blog: Movie reviews! I will be doing a series of eight to ten movie reviews throughout the next few months. Here is the first one:

Metropolis
 



Director: Fritz Lang
Time of Release: 1927
Studio: UFA
Cast:
Gustav Fröhlich as Freder, the hero of the film.
Brigitte Helm as both the virginal Maria and her robot double.
Alfred Abel as Joh Fredersen, the master of Metropolis.
Rudolf Klein-Rogge as Rotwang, a mad scientist.
Heinrich George as Grot, the Foreman of the Heart Machine.
Fritz Rasp as The Thin Man, Joh's spy.
Theodor Loos as Josaphat, Joh's assistant.
Erwin Biswanger as Georgy (or 11811), a downtrodden worker.
Summary:
 Freder, son on the mayor and a privileged young man in the upper part of Metropolis, sees Maria, a poor young woman from the underside of Metropolis, and is seized with a desire to see her again. He makes a journey through the machines of underground Metropolis, disguised as a worker, and finally finds Maria in the catacombs, telling the workers stories and teaching them to be obedient to their masters, the men who live in upper Metropolis. Meanwhile, Rotwang, a mad scientist bent on the mayor,  Joh Fredersen’s demise, makes a robot named Hel to look exactly like Maria to cause a revolt among the workers. They stop working, their town floods, and they make their way to the top of Metropolis where they wreak havoc everywhere. A delusional Rotwang finds the real Maria hiding from the mob in the cathedral, and, mistaking her for Hel, gives chase. Rotwang and Maria end up on the roof of the cathedral, and are seen by Freder from the ground. Freder climbs up to the roof of the cathedral and confronts Rotwang; the two fight, and Rotwang eventually loses his balance and falls to his death. The film ends with Freder declaring a truce between the workers and the thinkers, and linking the hands of his father and Grot becoming the Mediator between head and hands.

 Metropolis is a German silent film. I thought it was scary. I thought it was terrifying. The expressions and the music combined had me watching in horrific anticipation, clutching my blanket and gnawing at my nails. Aside from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, I have never seen a movie that captured my attention as Metropolis did. I loved it. I don't think it would have had the same terrifying effect if it weren't silent. Though it was a bit tedious, being a whole 145 minutes lone, but all in all it makes for a great story that captures the attention on any sci-fi fan.