Archive | July 2013

The Wolverine (2013)

the-wolverine-posterThe Wolverine

Rated M

Starring Hugh Jackman

 

In case you missed the memo that comic book movies were big at the moment, Hugh Jackman returns to the screen as the hairy, bare-chested mutant with the metal claws – Wolverine. This is Jackman’s 5th time on the movie screen playing Wolverine, 6th if you include his cameo in X-Men: First Class (7th if you imagine that Jean Valjean in Les Miserables is actually Wolverine slumming it in 19th century France like I do). And to be honest, I hated X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine: Origins. HATED. But I wanted to give this new Wolverine movie a shot. By setting the movie in Japan and downplaying Wolverine’s healing factor, it certainly got my interest raised.

My verdict? I enjoyed The Wolverine. It almost got me to forgive the makers of these films for those last two stinkers. Almost.

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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Part 3)

SmilesOne of the things that took some adjusting for me when watching Gokaiger was getting a handle on a world view that I was unfamiliar to me. Now I love exploring world views. I love to get my head around how different people understand the world and their place in it. People look at me like I’m a freak (a title that I’m happy to hold) when I spend more time pulling apart the different world views in a movie than I do enjoying the explosions. Which by the way, if your movie doesn’t have explosions in it, you better bring your A Game because you’re going to have to work hard for my attention. So here I am watching Gokaiger. And it’s the first time I’ve seriously sat down to watch a long form Japanese kids show that hasn’t been reworked for Western audiences. And I’m in love with the costumes. And I’m in love with the characters. And yes, I’m in love with the explosions. But I’m also experiencing a new (to me) world view.

And it’s all about protecting smiles.

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Sermon: Out With The Old – Hebrews 8:1-13

Sermon given at St Luke’s Liverpool on Sunday 21/07/2013 from Hebrews 8:1-13

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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Part 2)

Gokaiger 2Captain Marvelous is one of my all time favourite characters. I even considered buying a Captain Marvelous cosplay costume at one point. I’ll take this pirate captain over Johnny Depp any day. Here you have a reckless and brash young man who never backs down. Someone who will literally take a beating and respond with a cheeky smirk. There’s a scene in the first episode of Gokaiger where the team are standing in the middle of the street when the evil Zangyack attack. The other four Gokaigers duck for cover while explosions surround them. Not Captain Marvelous. He doesn’t even flinch. He stands there with his arms crossed and a look on his face that says “Is that the best you’ve got?” I love this man.

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Sermon: Invitations and Excuses

Sermon given at St Luke’s Liverpool on Sunday 14/07/2013 from Matthew 22:1-14.

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Space Mission 3000 Episode Four

The climatic confrontation between the crew of the Space Frog and the Obsidian Empire! Who will discover the secret of The Light?
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013

Space Mission 3000 Episode Three

The crew of the Space Frog are well on their way to finding out the secret of The Light. But when the ship runs out of power, things begin to look grim.
Space Mission 3000 is created by Joel A Moroney for the St Luke’s Liverpool Holiday Club 2013