October 2, 2010


Hey everyone, I just wanted to do a bit of a personal update, since things have been fairly blank here for a while.

First of all, my wife is currently 3 months pregnant for our first child :D. So that's really exciting. I'm a guy, so I don't know how to talk about this... so I'll just move on.

Second, I don't know if I've mentioned this on my blog, but I got a new job a few months ago working with people with developmental disabilities. It is a really good job, and the agency has a spiritual care department which I hope to be able to transfer into within the next couple of years. If, at some point, I don't really think that is going to happen, I intend to start looking for a chaplaincy position, but I'll wait at least three years before really pursuing that. I would rather move within this organization since I really like it.

Third, and this is completely unrelated, I've often talked about having "a list" of movies that I really need or want to see. I've never really composed such a list... until now! Some are on the list because, as a lover of film, that are landmark movies that are important for reference. Others are on there because I just flat out want to see them. Then there are a couple that I'm just a tad curious about. So I thought I would print it here and see if anyone has any other films I should probably add (I know there are some, but I only compiled this list in 15 minutes):

* seen it before (or part of it) but don't remember it well
  • *All About Eve
  • Blade Runner
  • * Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Book of Eli
  • The Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • Bringing Up Baby (Cary Grant and K Hepburn)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • * Casablanca
  • Die Hard 2 & 4 (Because I've seen 1 & 3)
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • * Enter the Dragon
  • Godfather
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Good, the Bad, And the Ugly
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Iron Man II
  • The Lady Eve
  • Laurence of Arabia
  • Mad Max
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Modern Times (Chaplin)
  • One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • * Pink Panther
  • Point Break
  • Raging Bull
  • * Roman Holiday
  • The Searchers
  • Seven Samurai
  • Sunset Blvd
  • Thank You For Smoking
  • The Third Man
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron
Important or interesting film, but not really sure if I should and/or want to see it
  • 12 Monkeys
  • 2001 A Space Oddessy
  • *Animal House
  • Annie Hall
  • Butterfly Effect (People tell me that its bad, but I'm curious about time paradox stories)
  • The Graduate
  • Green Hornet
  • House of the Flying Daggers
  • Inception
  • Inherit the Wind (I want to see it for masochistic reasons)
  • Kick "butt" (From what I understand, there is a lot of cursing and violence.)
  • Saving Private Ryan (Again, a lot of violence)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Watchmen


Jc_Freak: said...

I would also like to mention that I've intentionally avoided horror movies, since I have no interest in the genre, and there are many films not listed simply because I have seen them. Still, list anything that you may think I should see, and I'll tell you if I have.

TrueHope said...

Congratulations on your baby and your new job!

The Seeking Disciple said...

Glad to hear about your baby. I love being a dad and I love how it has only magnified the grace of God in my life.

bethyada said...

Congratulations to you and your wife. Blessings.

bethyada said...

Movies that should be on your list unless you have seen them.

Princess Bride
Shawshank Redemption


Haven't seen a lot on your list. Bladerunner is okay, a little overrated?

Toystory is good. Pixar's best is The Incredibles.

My wife doesn't like most violence. She tolerated Private Ryan I think because of the type of violence, but she refused to watch The Passion of the Christ.

Personally, I think violence is the least concerning aspect of R rated type films.

And just as concerning in all films is the underlying theme. Is evil celebrated, or destroyed.

Jc_Freak: said...


Out of those three I have not seen Dogville, nor have I heard of it. What is it about?

Jc_Freak: said...

Thanks everyone for the encouragement with the baby. Being the father, I find it a bit difficult to get as emotionally hyped as my wife. However, i know that wont last.

bethyada said...

Dogville is a perspective on how grace can change us, but also a warning not to abuse it. Quite unusually done.

Kevin Jackson said...

Congrats on the baby, how exciting!

Saints and Soldiers (about LDS soldier in WWII)
King Arthur (He's a Pelagian!)
Gran Torino
Escape from Sobibor (TV movie, but good).

Good Chick Flicks:
Notting Hill
Return to Me

Jc_Freak: said...

Thanks Kevin! I've watched King Arthur (didn't like) and Notting Hill (love that one) but I have not seen the others. Thanks again!

happy2Bfree said...

I just read your blog. Congradulations on your baby!