* My husband and I saw the movie the Saratov Approach last week and wow, it was intense but very good and inspiring. It tells the true story of two missionaries kidnapped in Russia in 1998. Be sure and see it if you get a chance. Afterwards, I had to look up how accurate it was to the real life events and loved reading this interview with the original missionaries. They said that the movie was 95% accurate. The movie handled the story of the missionaries well but also the story of their families back home. The moral dilemma of a ransom was handled really well -- one set of parents had the money to pay but realized they couldn't do it without making every other missionary a target.
Interestingly, I just read a book about the shipping industry at sea that spent a good deal of time on piracy and ransom. In those cases, it's standard practice to pay out, eventually, and that just encourages more pirates and piracy.
* I'm late to the game, I know, but we just saw Man of Steel last week and I was
disappointed. The storyline had a lot of potential, but I felt it was overshadowed by the special effects department who overdid tons of scenes. The one where Superman learns to fly? Super cheesy. Then the mayhem and destruction through New York that went on, and on, and on was a major turn-off. I've read several reviews where there was a lot of criticism of Superman for breaking Zod's neck. That didn't bother me a bit. The collateral damage of the earlier fight was a whole lot more troubling for me.
* And on that note, my kids love the "How it should have ended" series. Here's the one for Man of Steel:
& Lord of the Rings:
* I just watched the Mitt Romney documentary on Netflix. It's good, but also sad. He would have made a great president, and perhaps could have headed us away from the cliff he refers to at the end of the movie. You know, the one we're headed towards as we continue to expand entitlements, raise the tax burden, and borrow to pay for it all? As George Will said at BYU last fall, "What we are practicing today is a kind of decadent democracy," he said.
"We used to run deficits to borrow for the future. We borrowed to win
wars for the future, build roads, highways and airports for future
generations. Today we borrow from the future, to finance our own current
consumption. This is a fundamental immorality, if you will, burdening
the unconsenting and unpresent future generations with the costs of our
appetites. The problem is that we are 'wealing' a network of dependency,
making Americans more and more dependent, in more and more ways, on
government we really are not paying for." (source).
* And if you have time, the entire speech George Will gave can be viewed below. It's much more informative than the HISHE series. ;)
* We've spent most of our marriage
without access to what our kids call "channel TV." We like it that way
because it cuts down on the advertising our kids are exposed to, cuts
out a lot of smut and garbage (even commercials for good programming
often include this), and gives us more family time together. It also
makes us more selective with what we watch and buy for our DVD
collection. We love watching old episodes of The Cosby Show and wish there was clean, quality comedy today.
Being without TV doesn't mean we don't have media, though. We've had Netflix for a year and have enjoyed watching Merlin (the whole family) and My Little Pony (the little girls).
Every two years, as a family tradition, we've found a way to get TV for the month of the Olympics.
We love watching the athletes compete and hearing their individual
stories. Sometimes, we've had to creatively use rabbit ears, other
times we've just paid for a month of cable.
time, in an attempt to keep their customers happy when Google Fiber
comes to town, Comcast contacted us a month ago, offering a free upgrade
to our service. Faster internet and a "basic" tv package for the same
price we were paying before. So we now have channel TV again and we're
eagerly awaiting the opening of the Sochi games. In the meantime, we've
been recording a few old favorites and discovering some new ones. But
it sure seems like the pickings are slim for educational, interesting,
engaging, and CLEAN programming. Anyone have some suggestions? We like
Restaurant Impossible, and Mythbusters. We've also recorded some realtor programs like Hawaii Life and Island Hunters (a girl can dream, right?), some waste-of-time shows like Finding Bigfoot (my boys love it, I just roll my eyes) and Too Cute. And of course, shows for the little girls like Angelina Ballerina and Sofia the First.
far, it's been nice to have some new shows to watch, but I haven't felt
drawn to anything in particular. I'm getting tired of the same tired
cliches on The Biggest LoserAfter so many years of being very
discerning about our watching, I'm pretty sensitive to gore, violence,
and innuendo (which is why I only lasted one episode of Downton Abbey). With
that in mind, what's on your watch list? What do you recommend for a
mom who wants something engaging to watch while she folds laundry? For
the whole family?
And what good movies have you watched recently?