Sunday Morning! “Silent Light”


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    The gaming group did a movie “marathon” of sorts last night with Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.

    Blade Runner is better in some ways than I remembered, worse in others. Blade Runner 2049 is a movie that I don’t know how to feel about yet. I don’t know whether or not I liked it.

    I think it was good, though.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Silent Night sounds like what the wife would call an “Aaron movie.” In other words, something that would not take you out of the present and give you mindless entertainment, but something that would ground you in the here and now. And leave you really depressed. I will look for it.

    That said, there are two minor things that jump out at me. First, I live in an area that is very heavily populated by Mennonites. And it isn’t the first place I have been like that. Both here in the Willamette Valley, and earlier in California’s Central Valley. They very much are a community apart, and it is, from the outside looking in, a very traditional sex-role community. Second, my father grew up speaking a dialect of German, LeiderDeutsch, that is also from the German Diaspora that led, eventually, to the Mennonite communities in northern Mexico. He was born in San Fransisco, but his mother and grandmother still spoke it daily. They can here from the Romanian/Ukrainian border region. So, even greater reasons for me wanting to see this.

    Right now, I am reading both B. Traven’s Death Ship and the new James Ellroy, This Storm which is much better than his last book. I think he needs an occasional book to get his ticks out, so to speak. The Traven is interesting, for while it is an obvious apology, the writing is deceptive. Not sure how I feel, and probably won’t until it is finished.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to Aaron David says:

      I don’t think it would leave you really depressed. I suspect for believers it’s likely uplifting. It was harder for me to make the leap of faith.

      Interestingly, many of the actors in the film were Mennonites and I suppose they accepted the ending.Report

  3. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    That movie looks fascinating and maybe when I’m in a happier headspace where I wouldn’t be made sad by something like that, maybe I would want to watch it. The idea of how does something like “finding your soulmate too late” get addressed in a community of deep faith is interesting to me.

    I rewatched “The Goonies” Friday night – first time in a “non network edit” version since I saw it in the theater in 1986. One joke I thought I remembered (but never made it into any of the tv showings) was still there, and there were a few other things that probably got excised to make time for commercials. It….mostly holds up for me. It might not for some people. The sfx look very dated but somehow that is part of the charm for me. It is a movie that I have v. happy memories of (seeing it in the theater with a good friend when I was in high school, and I think later getting to see it again with my mom and my little brother).

    It’s been a rough few weeks so I am looking for comfortable entertainment. I’m reading “Trojan Gold” (an older mystery/suspense novel by Elizabeth Peters). It’s just ludicrously unrealistic enough that it’s entertaining (anything too true-crimey these days is not for me).

    Later today I might do a double-feature of Paddington (which I have seen a couple times) and Paddington 2 (which just arrived) because I really feel the need for some literally warm-fuzzy entertainmentReport