The movie about the song

Movie trailer review, I Can Only Imagine (2018). In the early 1990’s I consumed heaps of contemporary Christian music, but 2018’s “Christian music” film is about a song I can’t say I like. I didn’t expect Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine, to have become the biggest song in contemporary Christian music history. But they made a movie about it.

It makes commercial sense to make a movie about this song. It’s popular, it made money, so many people love it.

Although a smaller song can resonate, there is more to this film than making a commercially viable film about a commercially successful song though. The trailer to I Can Only Imagine tells us there is a heartbreaking story behind the song.

In the trailer, the thrust of this story is the song writer’s pain in growing up with a solo Dad who was unkind to him. Mom had left home, but as a young man he turns his pain into song.

The father (played by Dennis Quaid) may learn to see his son differently, not in terms of making a hit song, but in terms of making a song that resonates with his father (as well as others).

Personally, I’m open to this film, but a little unconvinced I will be inspired or uplifted.

The trailer prepares us for an inspirational movie, though, a trailer that’s showing us the movie is potentially feel good and uplifting.


Practical reasons for behavior makes better sense than ‘faith in self’

“Faith in yourself” is believed to help someone move from one state in life to another. It’s believed to help someone make progress.

Yet one is already moving along in life. One doesn’t need to have faith in self. One just goes and does.

What about in other circumstances? It’s the same. If someone is searching for something in life, that search already has inner momentum. One is already impelled because one is needy and dry.

But in everyday terms, life just keeps on going.

If someone is severely limited or debilitated it may take extra effort, however. Does believing in yourself work then? I think if someone needs to, they will move out of their predicament. It’s more inspiration and the need to rather than empowerment to. The need will drive one out.

What if someone is getting on with their life but there are obstacles or road blocks in one’s way? Wouldn’t faith in self empower over and above the obstacles?

One just doesn’t know how much they are already moving along. Obstacles just become part of the everyday hazards that have to be dealt with. Faith in self has nothing to do with it.

What about moving into a career or new vocation? Wouldn’t one need faith then, to believe one can achieve it, to get through the hard yards of achieving it?

Again, one will fight for what they want, but quite a few of the things we do have practical origins and faith in self does not figure consciously.

Saying to have faith in self is so overused.

Alternative journey

I had a flash of inspiration. My updates on my writing project may be less for a little while as I republish, on a regular basis until complete, many of my old articles on

This republishing project may take about a year or so or thereabouts, but during this process I will still post on this blog about books, movies, music, individual unique words, and musings and poetry at

After republishing, I will continue to tackle my writing project/s.

Essential reading

I wouldn’t call myself an avid devotional reader. Apart from the Bible, the devotional literature I have read is minimal. So minimal in fact, that the devotional book I’m currently finishing is the only devotional book (apart from the Bible) I’m about to finish in its entirety.

It’s so good I couldn’t put it down. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis is essential reading for any Christian or anybody.

It’s humbling, challenging, inspiring, and glorifies God, and can put ego in perspective.

This God-focussed book may boil it down to Christ divine, his grace and love for fallen humanity is available for those who want to seriously follow him.

Of course, that summary may simplify this special, spiritual book, which will take one by the heart and spirit as much as the mind.

It’s also beautifully written as if God was orchestrating his music through it.

Death, where is your victory?

In personalize the theme of my recent poem at Pete’s poetries, what’s in my life that makes it better than the prospect of death? What life and hope do I have? “When this perishable nature has put on imperishability, and when this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of scripture will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is you victory? Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55, Jerusalem Bible).

When strangers at the same school get together

The Breakfast Club (1985) **** Starring: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy.

We may not be entertained by teens saying meaningless and pointed things in real life, but if they are played in film, then it’s okay, isn’t it? Most entertaining is the role playing in The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club has lots of smart ‘teen talk’, but also interesting characters. A Saturday High School detention brings them together with different reasons for being there.

Set in a high school for most its running time, it stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, who were all recognizable Hollywood names in the 1980’s, with this film landing many of them into the limelight.

As students on detention, their tough supervisor, played by Paul Gleason, assigns them to write an essay on “who they are” which gets predictable results and blank stares. Instead of writing, they talk, and the teacher gets on their nerves and vice versa.

Judd Nelson as John Bender (bent by name and game) is believable as the bully who has been bullied. Firing off one-liners, he doesn’t hold back, words which have an unbridled ring of honesty, and underlining humor.

The five grate each other, which has a ring of truth about it, and the whole event is saying something about transience, friendship, and healing—unusually so for detention. The real-life stuff that they hide gets shared eventually.

There is coarse language at times. A scene where the students get ‘high’ on drugs is handled less than meaningfully, but with a touch of humor.

However, I laughed only a couple of times, but I was entertained all the way.

I appreciated the banter between the students, the always amusing role playing, the human connection, and the acting’s good. The Breakfast Club may even touch the cockles of your heart.

It seems that when strangers at the same school get together there is stuff they can talk about and connect with, despite all the other stuff that goes on.


New Year’s reality

On New Years, a dose of reality can be good for you. It makes you see the facts and where you stand. But if one gets depressed by it, a way out is utterly necessary, so one can find a “rebirth”, a fresh start, to begin again. How does one find that? Just re-think, not act on inspiration, but a practical response to a situation. Those are my thoughts on New Year’s.