The figure of speech here is “loaves and fishes” – by some miracle stretching out a small resource to accomplish a lot. And it dates back to a couple of events in the midst of Jesus’ ministry: the main one is called “the feeding of the 5000”. This is such a famous miracle that it […]
The idea of the lost sheep is deeply embedded into western culture. In the Shaun the Sheep movie, the premise was that the shepherd had gone missing, and the sheep had to find him, so a reversal of the “lost sheep”, but not an ignorant one. Jesus actually tells this parable about the lost sheep, […]
The idea of a prodigal son (from the Latin word prodigus meaning “lavish”), who would take half his father’s property, squander it all, and then come back and ask for mercy, is a famous one in western culture. And it’s one of those ideas that comes from the teaching of Jesus. This story appears only […]
There’s one aspect of the Batman story that is revisited time and time again. The origin story: how a young Bruce Wayne, scared of the intensity of the entertainment they were watching (The Mask of Zorrro”), left the performance early with his parents, ended up in Crime Alley, and saw his parents killed in front […]
My kids are getting older, but they’re still not quite old enough to watch the Back to the Future trilogy. We were talking about Rube Goldberg machines, and the kids love to watch YouTube videos of the different machines that people have made. I remember the start of Back to the Future, how Doc Brown […]
movie: Moana Since watching this at the movies with my daughter, we’ve bought the BluRay and watched it as a family umpteen times. Largely a story of girl power, a re-imagined Disney princess, a comedy-hero performance from Dwayne Johnson and a great session from Jemaine Clement. There are some concepts around reincarnation and polytheism, which my […]
Movie: The LEGO Batman Movie If you haven’t caught this in the cinema with your kids, you’re missing out on an experience of Batman nostalgia (and old Superhero cartoon nostalgia) for parents, and for the kids, abundant frenetic activity onscreen and questions posed about what it means to be a family.
The next time you’re tempted to try and win an argument on the Internet, think of this tweet and its replies.
I wanted to see Silence on the big screen. I also didn’t want to. The Scorsese films I’ve seen have been more in the category of ultra-violent, and filled with characters who little valued human life. I was glad to have spent the time watching this one. Decades in the making, it tells a story […]
Ex-piano A post shared by David Phillips (@cafedave) on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:07pm PST I spent years learning the piano. I can still remember my late piano teacher – a lady who devoted most of her life to teaching kids like me how to be better musicians – showing me how the sustain pedal […]