Few films attain an iconic status that allows them to stand the test of time and remain relevant to each successive generation so that it becomes a cultural institution that transcends time and has a shelf life which extends long beyond its initial release.
In every age and nation, people hear the message of the star and find the Child who reveals the tenderness of God.
Although the movie showed little success at its first publication (perhaps the title turned people away?), it became wildly popular in 1988 (when VHS and new-fangled “videos” were introduced) as the few who had first loved The Princess Bride showed it to their children… and then to their grandchildren.
It is this fleeting glimpse of the man that has inspired the most intense curiosity, and myths aplenty have sprung up to fill in the gaps with regards to his identity and life’s story.
What is it about men who wear breeches, billowy white shirts, velvet waistcoats, and top hats? Is it the knee-high boots that make the ensemble or the way they tip their hat as a woman passes by? For Regency era-loving Jane Hayes in the film Austenland, it’s simply because the men are living in the ideal yesteryear of Jane Austen’s world.
We prove whether or not we are truly free when we have to make decisions about good and evil. When we experience an injustice, we usually respond in one of two ways. Either we ignore the wrong, detach ourselves from it, and refuse to face it as an objective evil, or we allow the unpleasant experience to define us, and hatred and rage for our persecutors governs our actions thereafter.
The devil tempts us and seeks to lead us astray. Hell is not necessarily the fire and brimstone suffering of the Bible, but rather a complete isolation from and lack of relationship with the Divine
Covered wagons rolled across the screen at the Maybell Theater, and before long they were rolling out of our backyard, across a pasture.