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.

Feel-good trailer

Movie trailer review, A Wrinkle in Time (2018). The premise of A Wrinkle in Time seems quite “unrealistic”—in perhaps simplifying issues young people face of missing parents who may or may not turn up. But in a sense, it may be a theme worth it’s while.

The trailer of A Wrinkle in Time features a young black woman (Storm Reid) whose father has disappeared. He’s a scientist who has perfected instantaneous time travel, but his disappearance has caused a hole in her heart.

Something’s missing in her life that hasn’t been filled. However, Meg’s given the opportunity to find her father with the help of angelic-like beings (guardian angels perhaps)—most notably played by Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey in the trailer.

Another time and place is replete with danger and the fantastical (read: big budget). There’s a popular song running through this trailer that adds to a feel-good, optimistic feel.

May be this trailer is saying to young woman to not give up on finding what’s missing. Perseverance in finding one’s long lost family is surely a worthwhile endeavour.

Some of us may agree and others won’t. I guess it depends on who you are.

Meg’s told to have faith in herself as she searches for her Dad through deathly obstacles. It seems faith in herself will help her overcome these obstacles. The idea may be a bit New Age in that respect.

The trailer’s okay, its palette of colour stands out, but does not convince me to believe in the idea and come on board.

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.

That sweet day of chocolate renaissance

Not that I’m always intent on what I should eat, as if food is something not to be enjoyed, but my obsession with reducing sugar begun with thinking about my diet. I have less processed sugar because I believe less of it is good for me.

I believe the experts when they say that processed sugar should be eliminated from our diet, but of course I’m not perfect as I nick off with a chocolate, more motivated by a sweet friendly environment than biology.

My obsession with sugar has produced unforeseen consequences: empathy with food documentaries such as That Sugar Film and finding wise articles about the make-up of our food such as Just a Matter of Taste in the TV Guide. One could say I’m hooked—on taking less sugar as much as possible that is.

That Sugar Film is a 2014 Australian documentary that positions itself on the side of the debate that says added sugar in food is not good for you. I agree. In fact, I’m adamant, because I’ve been off juice drinks for over a year now, with a couple of relapses here and there, and I think I’m better for it. I don’t miss these drinks by and large. The taste for them has basically gone.

In the documentary one interviewee said that “addiction to sugar” has caused materialism, in that people will buy sugary products that satisfy their cravings for more sugar. Sugar can be addictive so there’s a need for more.

Perhaps there is a better way of having what we like and not getting fat. TV Guide article—Just a Matter of Taste—raises an interesting point about having sweet food with less sugar in an interview with Michael Mosley, the presenter of the documentary The Secrets of Your Food that screens tonight in some parts of the world.

Mosley says in the article that the aroma molecules of sweet tasting fruit, such as strawberries, trick the brain into thinking there’s more sugar in it than there actually is.

If scientists can learn how fruits, which contain less sugar, but give off that sweet taste, it may help in reducing sugar content in foods (and still taste sweet). [TV Guide, February 10-16, Just a Matter of Taste, by James Rampton].

There are those of us who hold out hope for the day when we can eat chocolate that tastes salubriously sweet, just like a strawberry, and the amount of sugar is reduced very significantly.

Underneath, we all get that sneaking feeling–is that chocolate doing me any good? In the health conscious West, we all could do we a little light relief on those days when one has an appetite for a chocolate and one knows eating one is better than the bad old days.

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.

Swells to a drama that is riveting

A Passage to India (1984) ***** Starring: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft. Director: David Lean.

A Passage to India is a fine film. One becomes immersed in the grand sweep. One surrenders to it and hopes it doesn’t become spoiled by some off-putting scene that ruined the lot. The characters, their lives in the old British India, the roles the actors play, and the handsome production swells to a drama that is riveting.

Central to it is young British woman Adela (Judy Davis) who is meeting up with her fiancé in India, who is a magistrate. Along with Adela is his mother Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft). Adela is caught up in the romanticism of the country and is keen to discover more—details like this are so natural and true to life that one can immediately relate.

The Indian country is keenly observed and wanting to be discovered by Westerners. Adela and Mrs. Moore are immensely involved in the search. They are not proud that they are English and don’t look down on the locals. They don’t consider their privileged place in India because of her son being a magistrate as much to be boasted about.

The young woman is distraught, though, when she claims rape by an Indian guide, in a moment that seems uncertain and vague. The guide, Aziz (Victor Banerjee), who is a respected doctor, has the Indian people behind him who are upset by the claims.

East and West meet romantically, but also comes with a hefty dose of realism where East and West clash–the doctor is caught up in a scandal and controversy erupts, casting a blight on the British. The result of the scandal is grief and soul searching with a more abstract issue to consider, but also quite real: forgiveness.

A holiday which turned dramatic and where no one wanted it to. The larger meaning is the relationship between England and colonial India. The human meaning is underlying prejudice and fear of the unknown.

A Passage to India is based on the E.M. Forster novel of the same name, which was published in 1924 during the days of colonial England. The film is beautiful and grand, wonderfully acted, and larger than life-like characters engage vividly and vitally. It is especially recommended for thoughtful audiences and fine film aficionados.