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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Peter Jackson "film festival" in our house this weekend

We watched two movies on DVD over the weekend and oddly enough both were made by Peter Jackson.

The first was one that I'd heard of for awhile but had never seen before: Heavenly Creatures, which came courtesy of Netflix. This 1994 movie stars Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet (in her first-ever film role) as Pauline Rieper and Juliet Hulme, the central figures in the Parker-Hulme murder case that rocked New Zealand in 1954. It's a fairly disturbing movie, but quite a fascinating one as well. I wound up spending a good part of the night after the movie reading about the real-life events involving these two young friends and how it went so bizarrely, totally wrong. But I don't know how long it could be before I could watch Heavenly Creatures again. This is a movie rife with those kinds of things that once you see, you can't "unsee" if you know what I mean.

And then this afternoon Lisa and I watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Has it really been almost six years since this movie came out? Hard to believe. Well, for whatever reason we watched it and for that I am glad because it left me feeling refreshed and inspired again. That line that Gandalf says at one point: "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you", is so true. We don't have to believe that we can fight and win all of the battles. And we shouldn't even try to believe it, either. We just have to deal with what God has set before us, as best we can and knowing that whatever happens it does serve His will, even if we can't understand how it can do that from where we are.

Maybe tomorrow I'll put on The Frighteners and make it three Peter Jackson movies in a row :-)


AfterShock said...

The Frighteners - such a great flick. It sits next to all my other DVDs...now I may have to break it out and watch it again. :)