A Great Work Means Great Challenges

I used to attend Saddleback Church in Mission Viejo, California in my early twenties.  I remember being single and praying for a wife (happened),  a good career (happened), and several other things that would probably bore you if I elaborated on them.  Nonetheless, if you haven’t heard of that church, it’s the church that a guy named “Rick Warren” started oh probably 20 years ago now.  He has been on Larry King and other major network shows.  I’m not sure, but he may have even been on Oprah.  Anyway, this isn’t meant to be a post about religion.  I just needed to give you that background for the quote to make sense.

Once I heard him say something that has stuck with me to this day and I wanted to share it in the context of 2008.  He was talking about having small “shepherding” type groups in ones home and a few people had complained about how they had to do extra child care when couples were fighting or feed them extra when they were out of work.  I guess they thought bragging to the pastor would make them look more “holy” or something.  that was when he said the quote to them:

No mess, no ministry.

If you aren’t a Christian, you might insert somthing else: ie; family, writing career, connection, etc.  Anything great undergoes formation and that can be painful.  I have a blogger friend, David Masters, who just got married.  As a result, he’s not posting as much.  I was fortunate enough to write a couple guest posts for him that he published and I hope others will volunteer to step up that way because his blog is an AMAZING VISION the likes of which I don’t run across often.  The title is Be Playful and his posts are about getting real and getting creative and getting healthy through that.  Wow.  I am so behind that vision.  The other day I was making a list with my wife of stuff our baby girls needed.  The normal attitude is to go hrmfff and get the basic stuff they need.  The kind of philosophy David is pushing makes you seek out unique baby gifts that will make them smile.

David’s situation is not isolated.  I know at least 2 other bloggers going through a valley, unable to blog and of course I have written here about my dad’s job situation.  Remember if there were no mess, there’d be no ministry.  If someone wasn’t hungry, you couldn’t feed them.  Whatever great work you step up to do, remember that a great work means great challenges.  If you want it bad enough, you can make it through to the side of success.  Never give up.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

This is a fun night out at the movies. It’s to be seen once for all fans of the genre. Once. Considering I’ve seen the original Alien from the 70’s probably well over 20 times, I must make the distinction between the two. The original you see 20 + times, this one once.

Ridley Scott invented the Alien film franchise. He only directed Alien 1 and Prometheus, which is meant to be a prequel to the original Alien. For that reason I was very excited to see what he brought to bear in Covenant. Unfortunately, there isn’t much for true enthusiasts.

What you do get is an action film with some really fake looking creatures you will not think about any longer than the trip walking to your car from the theater.

I don’t think Ridley Scott should have made an action film playing horror meets Spy Kids. That’s what this feels like. The lead role is played by a guy who blew stuff up in Tropic Thunder. Hasn’t Ridley seen that film? There is such a thing as typecasting. I had a hard time believing in the space age story with him at the help. He even plays with a naked girl fidget while deciding things on the ship. It’s lame man, really bad.

The monsters are so poorly done I think film students in University today could have dome better as class projects.

Finally: Hear this makers of Alien: We don’t care about David or the other one. Your storyline there sucks royally. Did you think this was blade Runner? About andriods becoming self-aware? It’s about aliens shitheads.

Let’s try a little harder to be spooky and cgi artists next time guys and gals as I am sure there will be a next time. I recommend it once but if you miss it, you won’t miss anything much really. If anyone out there has comments PLEASE leave me some! I’m starving to death with no comments. Dissenting opinions welcome.


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Inherent Vice

Title: Inherent Vice
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Year: 2014
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “Boogie Nights,” “The Master” …
Top Billed Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro …
Brief Synopsis: Los Angeles in the 1970’s was a place where many lived double lives. This film follows a hippie PI through some of that as he uncovers more secrets than he bargained for.
My Word to the Wise: The cast and acting is amazing. I’m not too crazy about the story. To follow it you need x-ray focused attention and even then it’s hard to follow. I didn’t feel the payoff was worth the wait. That subtracted two stars for me.

The rest of this review may contain spoilers.

Best scene by far is when Brolin is transporting Phoenix to the station while making oral love to a frozen banana. There are some great dramatic scenes by Brolin as well. Phoenix does a good job. I liked him better in this with disheveled hair and huge sideburns than his clean-shaving character in “The Master,” also directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. You might say he has a face for a beard. I have a feeling the story as laid out in the book is much better than the convoluted presentation in the movie.

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Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) – Audio Post

Have u seen this hilarious & cute rom com?
Let me try & sell you on it. Watch it streaming now on Netflix/pls comment

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