Monday, January 07, 2008

Movies

We have Netflix but I asked Bill to go to the local video store on Friday since we were in between mailings and a terrible storm was hitting the west coast so we were going to be spending a lot of time at home. I asked him to get a chick flick and a "shoot 'em up" movie for himself. He came up with:
  • Rush Hour 3 (not good, minimal plot, short movie and Chris Tucker is annoying)
  • Live Free or Die Hard (actually had a plot and was entertaining for this genre)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (good but you have to pay attention and it helps to have watched the previous movies recently)
Too bad the new Rambo movie wasn't there too ;) Apparently my request for a chick flick went out the door at the store. Luckily a Netflix movie Bill had ordered (he gets credit for this one) arrived in the mail, "God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan". Here is a description of the documentary:

"An award-winning, critically acclaimed film, narrated by Nicole Kidman, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. The film chronicles their triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and a relocation to America, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind."

We really enjoyed this film on many levels. First to learn about life in Africa, and how people were driven from their beloved homeland in Sudan. Then you see how a group of boys survive 10 years in a refuge camp and create a community and have lots of laughter despite starving and having no information about their families. Then they are flown to various places in America where they are given a place to live but have to find a job and support themselves within 3 months. The view of American life from these boys is stunning. If you are feeling sorry for yourself and your lot in life, watch this and you will see the wonderful blessings you have to be born in a country where you have access to food and electricity and the opportunity to make a good life. Very inspiring, I hope you watch this one.