Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thank God for the love of Jesus and for Robert Redford

I just wanted to share a television program I recently discovered and a film that I've recently seen that I think are great.

The TV program is called Iconoclasts [Apparently it's aired one season which makes my discovery season two.] it airs on The Sundance Channel and the concept is fantastic.  Politicians, entrepreneurs and artists interview and spend time with each other in order for us to get to know them better in a manner that CNN, 60 minutes, Nightline and Dateline NBC will not reveal.  Por example [the French way to say For example] this week Bishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson spend time together, revealing little known facts regarding their respective philanthropic interests, business passions and lifestyles.  Last week was actress/activist Isabella Rossellini spent time with inventor/environmentalist Dean Kamen, the week before actress/activist Ashley Judd was paired with politician/activist Madeleine Albright.  All four people have a fascinating interesting in water conservation and cleanliness.  I'm sad to say that ever since Queer Eye for the straight Guy and Being Bobby Brown went off the air I have not really enjoyed much TV programming [aside from Ace of Cakes] until I stumbled upon this docu-reality show.  That's a word I just created.  If you are able to order The Sundance Channel I highly recommend this program.  It's a hybrid of Front-line and Survivor; if PBS where to procreate with Showbiz Tonight.

The Book of Eli is the most unique perspective on the Christian philosophy of "Read Gods word and keep it close to your heart" that I've seen to date.  Even the person in the room with the most erudition will not be able to predict the ending of this film.  I consider myself to be a pretty bright person and it's not often that I am taken by surprise.  That being said, in a nutshell, I viewed this film with no expectation I wanted to go on a ride. The Book of Eli was an intriguing ride!

Well done to the Hughes Brothers who have been out of the spotlight for far too long in my opinion.  The Cohen and Farley brothers have gotten the spotlight for years and years, the Hughes' have made films all along but have been branded as genre filmmakers.  Hopefully this film will help to break them from that stigma aside from their film From Hell which was the story of Jack the Ripper.  Every artist has their place in life.

And cheers to the film's screenwriter Gary Whitta who interestingly enough began his career as a video games journalist. I guess THAT would explain the post apocalyptic storyline.

If you are in the market for something different, both Iconoclasts and The Book of Eli are worth your time to sit and regard.

I generally don't acknowledge the St. Valentine tradition but as I was looking through my favorite stock image site I found these tres cool commemorative images that resonated [and for the new age folks vibrated] with me. I hope that you enjoy the gallery below.

BTW, a quick lesson that I recall from High school.  There are three textbook types of love in the Greek: Eros, Philia [or Philo pronounced Fye-Low] and Agape.

1) Eros is erotic love
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2) Philia/Philo is the love we have [or should have] for mankind and the most powerful of all is...
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3) Agape the love we have for God and the love that God has for us
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So for those of you who actually celebrate it, Happy Valentine's Day!  I leave you in the spirit of Agape love.
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  1. hoping my comment "took" it was taking for-ever for the screen to change..

  2. Take Two: I think I would really enjoy Iconoclasts - and I imagine it to be much more thought provoking than Being Bobby Brown (disclaimer: I have never watched BBB) :D

  3. Now you know I loved this post from start to finish, especially the different types of love.
    Philadelphia....brotherly love......

    I've always narrowed it down to one kind of love - the good kind. ;)



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