Reading the film review annuals means I am thinking about what I could see. There were the usual suspects that I have seen before and may see again as well as a few new ones. Ordinary People, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Stunt Man, Tess, Kagemusha, and Man of Marble were of interest. I would have seen Ordinary People again but last time the plot and profanity did let me down so I thought to pass on it. I have never seen Coal Miner’s Daughter, but on my before viewing investigations, there is a dirty rape scene in it, so won’t bother with this film. That was the final straw. The other two — The Stunt Man and Tess — might have been interesting except there’s four-letter words and some odd kind of posturing here and there that my investigations led me to avoid them. These days I am more and more committed to avoiding what I am sensitized to, but Kagemusha and Man of Marble were more on the borderline. However, I have no qualms about seeing The Elephant Man again, and a handful of others from 1980.

Another year

Film Review 1981-1982 by F. Maurice Speed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A new decade and F. Maurice Speed reviews the raw and the real, where quite a few films continued to cross boundaries. Speed does not focus on the poor language and diction in his introduction this time, but on the state of the box office in Britain and the USA, in 1980.

It is an always interesting if not fascinating exercise to look back at the films of yesteryear, which one finds in the warmly written reviews. One finds that in 1980 there were the usual ‘factory made’ films, of certain genres, that might have been of dubious or above average quality, but few over and above. There are always one’s favorites to re-examine in a new light and new ones to explore, some are a little tempting I must admit.

I observed a lack of decent (i.e. clean) films that were available, but there were a few decent ones, if not on actual viewing, but at least on appearances. The Black Stallion, Breaker Morant, Chariots of Fire, The Elephant Man, The Empire Strikes Back, Heartland, a remake of Little Lord Fauntleroy, Marigolds in August, The Mirror Crack’d, Raise the Titanic, Spiderman-The Dragon’s Challenge, Stalker, maybe even Xanadu, and perhaps Flash Gordon, the latter’s subtext would probably go over many kid’s heads. Overall, truly decent or wholesome films were slim pickings.

There are the perfunctory articles that are at least interesting if a bit drawn out, depending on your interest in Rank movies and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which should be of interest to the dedicated film buff. Personally, I did not find these articles dry but enjoyable, historically informative, and of interest.

Finally, the sporadic nude photos in various positions may be off-putting, but my rating does not turn a blind eye to this, but is in keeping with the other very good qualities of this book.

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Reading a A

The last couple of months I have been reading a gospel. I read a section at a time and take notes which has been productive. It is the Gospel of Mark. Sometimes, one can get this gospel published as a separate book, but mostly it is published in the New Testament of the Bible.

A single gospel is usually intended for outreach I think. That is when an evangelist goes out to spread the gospel with a gospel.

Yet there is a difference between a gospel and the gospel. A gospel in the Bible is one of the four gospels written by four early disciples of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the cumulative message of Jesus Christ in his word and life, but I think the gospel is really centered on Jesus himself, his entire essence that saves sinners and gives life to the oppressed through His Spirit. The gospel is not only his life, but truth. This is outreach material.

This week I decided to tweet some of my impressions and readings of a gospel, this being Mark. I have an exercise book’s worth of thoughts and findings and went back to the start. One of passages I wrote was worth a post. Hence the next post.