Jan 24, 2009

Gran Torino

Last weekend, we ventured out into the cold to watch this movie Gran Torino . . . I won't lie - I heard Clint Eastwood and assumed this was a guy's action flick . . . I dutifully went along determined to enjoy it.

I should have had a clue when I mentioned to Sabrina that we were going to see it and she squealed, I LOVED this movie. You'll like it. Uh . . . ok.

Oh my goodness, it is not a typical Clint Eastwood film. This was a fantastic movie. I'm really digging these plots that intertwine our culture with others - that demonstrate the obvious differences and then, in unpredictable ways prove we are all truly the same inside . . . trying to love our families, live peacefully, love our God, reach our goals and can help one another along the way.

I don't really follow the awards scene, but I cannot imagine that Clint Eastwood wouldn't be receiving recognition for this one!

Hint . . . I bawled in the theatre at the end of this one! Never saw it coming.

THE Book Review

Ok, so after reading The Kite Runner and posting my raving review . . . I ordered A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
I finished the last two-thirds of this book in one sitting last night. I couldn't tell you the last time a book has gripped me like these two have! Yes, this was just as powerful as the first book. This time focusing on two girls/women, instead of two boys/men.
These books focus on the power of spirit in spite of unimaginable life circumstance. It gives us a glimpse into the Afghanistan culture and struggles. It humbled me and makes me thank God that I was born into the wonderful country that most of us take for granted. It speaks to the power of friendship and devotion.
Seriously friends - READ THESE BOOKS!!