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Archive for December, 2003

Struggling with belief

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

This article details one person’s struggle with trying to believe in God. She is amazed to see that, though she and her husband are both avowed athiests, their four-year-old son believes whole-heartedly in God. An interesting read for any believer.

Here’s the article.

The Return of the King

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

Tuesday night I watched LoTR: The Return of the King at midnight. No one makes movies that good. I went into the experience with very high expectations. Every review I’d read said that this movie excellent and better than the first two LoTR movies. Personally, I loved the first two movies. In addition, as we sat in the theater before the movie started, I played some MiniGolf on my phone. For some reason, I was really in the zone and shot a new PR of 35 for 18 holes, beating my previous PR of 42. So, back to my point, my expectations for this night were high.

I purposely avoided eating and drinking anything for several hours before the movie so that I would not have to leave the experience for even a minute. Apparently I was not the only one. At most 2 or 3 people got up during the movie– we were transfixed.

This movie was stunning in several ways. First of all, this was one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. The New Zealand scenery is captured beautifully. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful landscape. Second, the soundtrack was wonderful. It complemented the film excellently. And finally, the story was beautiful. Not only was this an epic war movie, but they are fighting for the biggest of prizes: Good. Wars in other movies are good an noble, I can’t fault them. But, this battle is nothing short of Good vs. Evil. In today’s world, which avoid such stark delineations, this movie was a beautiful reminder of reality.

The movie was worth staying up until 430 AM, driving 45 minutes each way to the theater and paying $8.75. And, its worth seeing again.