The Jeweller’s Shop (1988)

The Jeweller’s Shop is a film based on the play written by Karol Wotyja before he became Pope John Paul II. This is sort of a rough draft or companion piece to Love and Responsibility which eventually  led to Theology of the Body. At least that’s what it seems like I haven’t read either of them. If you have the time I am sure that there are several productions and the film can be found on YouTube

The Jeweler’s Shop was written in 1960 and it is a Meditation on the Sacrament of Matrimony, Passing on Occasion into a Drama. The story follows pairs of couples, each couple in their own story: the first happily planning their wedding, the second long-married and unhappy, the third about to marry but full of doubts. We begin on a hiking trip where Andrew and Teresa along with Stefan and Anna are out with their friend Father Adam. Andrew and Teresa have been friend a long time and for Stefan and Anna it’s love at first sight. Andrew and Teresa stop by a Jeweler’s Shop where Andrew proposes they buy rings, at the shop they meet the Jeweler who is the best character in the film, as he pops us in all three couples stories.  The second part take us a couple of year later and meet up with Stefan and Anna who have moved to Canada to escape World War II they have kids but their life is filled with emptiness and disillusion. They both it seems to have given up on their relationship Anna visits a jeweler to sell her ring, but they say that it’s worthless since her husband is still alive. Anna runs into Father Adam one day in Canada and he reminds Anna about the Parable of the Ten Virgins (five came prepared with extra oil and five didn’t and had their light go out while waiting for the Bridegroom). Anna is reminded that they can still love one another. The last story is sort of intertwined with Anna and Stefan, and the focus is on the Son and Daughter of the couples  Christopher is the son of Andrew and Teresa and Monica is the daughter of Stefan and Anna as they contemplate marriage. Both of these children have ideas of what love is based on their parents, Christopher fears losing love as his father died when he was young and Monica is afraid that her marriage will end up like her parents. They too go to a jeweler’s shop and buy wedding rings.

It’s a decent film and offers some general ideas that we should all reflect upon like what is the worth of mankind. If you want a nice film to watch with the family or with a spouse to reflect on your marriage or a fiance as you prepare for your wedding day. While the film isn’t the best or worst film that I’ve ever seen it the story is the key and it is pretty decent. I wouldn’t recommend everyone picking  us this movie but theme seem to be universal but it does have a bit of Catholicism in there as well since the writer was the Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow.

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), À bout de souffle (1960) and La Jette (1962)

It’s  been awhile since I’ve posted much of anything. Summer was a bit crazy. Over the summer I was a bit of a French Film kick these first two are often put on list of top film you should see so I got around to watching them and have some opinions. All of these films still hold up today and it is sort of a shame that most of what we get isn’t anything close to the creativity in these films. Spoilers to follow so watch out

Au Hasard Balthazar is a film by Robert Bresson, who many consider the Patron Saint of cinema. This film inspired from a passage from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. It follows a donkey and it’s one kind owner Marie (Anne Wiazemsky), a shy farm girl around. Both go from place to place continually taking abuse from all they encounter. Bresson has said that each encounter is like one of the seven deadly sins and that Balthazar is a symbol of Christian faith. Now, when the film came out in America the review were unfavorable however over in Europe they were glowing, Jean-Luc Godard said that “Everyone who sees this film will be absolutely astonished […] because this film is really the world in an hour and a half. These mixed reviews seem all to common with this film. It’s an important film that everyone should see at least one.

 

À bout de souffle or Breathless is a film from Jean-Luc Godard and is considered to be one of the groundbreaking films from the French New Wave. A small time crook, Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo ) he is fascinated with Bogie and steals a car and murders a cop.  He then shacks up in Paris with a former love interest Patricia (Jean Seberg), who work for the New York Herald Tribune Newspaper, she sells papers with aspirations to be a journalist. Patricia doesn’t know Michel killed a cop and willingly hides him and listens to his plan to escape from France. Patricia tells Michel she’s pregnant implying it’s his. After learning that Michel killed a police officer Patricia sort of changes her mind and eventually calls with were Michel can be found. When the police come Michel runs and is shot. It seems like a film that if made today would be a huge hit. This is another important film that should be seen especially if you like crime drama.

Finally is La Jetée or “The Jetty” this is a short film from the French Left Bank a part of the French New Wave, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. The film 12 Monkeys was inspired by and borrows several concepts from this film the time travel and the protagonist seeing himself dying at an airport as a child. It is an interesting film if you are a huge fan of 12 Monkeys or just like Science fiction films in general. This is only about a half an hour so it won’t take up too much time.

 

2018 NFL season begins

It is back to football for the professionals as the NFL kicks off tonight. Who will the Patriots face in the AFC championship game and what team will make it in the NFC? These are my vague predictions for this upcoming year as I’ve sort of given up on the NFL sure I’ll turn on the games on Sunday but there is no real parity in the league sure they all share money but I doubt the Browns are going to be going to make the playoffs this year.

Predictions:

AFC East: Patriots will win the division for the tenth time in a row, Tom Brady has just said that he wants to play until he is 45 so he can become the oldest NFC quarterback. Bills and Jets have real young QBs in Peterman and Darnold. The Dolphins

AFC North: It is still a three team division Steelers/Ravens/Bengals with the Browns in the cellar. All three could make the Playoffs

AFC South: Hopefully, the Texans can stay healthy it’s theirs to loose and could the Jaguars actually do good two years in a row. The Titans and Colts have new head coaches so who can tell what will happen with them.

AFC West: So I highly doubt that the Chiefs will repeat as champions as they have Pat Mahomes and Chad Henne at QB. The Raiders have an old new coach as Jon Gruden returns after over a decade and they hope to recapture what Gruden did last time.  The Broncos picked up Case Keenum, who lead Minnesota almost to the Super Bowl, and might have a chance and the Chargers still play in LA for some reason.

NFC East: It won’t be the Eagles as no team has repeated as division winner since 2005, so it could be any team, although I doubt that the Giants with a new head coach and still Eli Manning as QB will win, it could be The Cowboys or Redskins.

NFC North: The Vikings with Kirk Cousins might have a chance to repeat as division winner but that could become something different as the Bears signed Khalil Mack and the Packers still have Aaron Rogers. However the Bears and Lions have new head coaches so it looks like it’s between the Packers and Vikings again.

NFC South: New Orleans or Carolina I guess will win it, or perhaps Atlanta might make a run for it. Tampa will be looking at who to draft at the top of next years draft.

NFC West: This is by the eye test the most competitive division in the NFC with Seattle, the Rams, 49ers seem to all have good teams,

Playoff picks:

AFC: New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver with Baltimore and Cincinnati as the wild cards
NFC: Dallas, Green Bay, New Orleans, LA Rams with Minnesota or San Francisco and Seattle as the wild cards