Saturday, August 22, 2009

why can't life be like a movie...

... with a great soundtrack, flattering lighting, happy endings and conflicts resolved in less than two hours?

scene from Amelie.

...crap, I'm sentimental.


Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Yeah, but then life would only be two hours long (unless you are a blockbuster and rate a sequel.)

Ben said...

If life were a movie, where would we escape to? Reality?

RJW said...

Sometimes life is like the movies. Peoblem is the movie is Groundhog Day

USMC 9971 said...

I wish that the movie was "Groundhog Day." I'd love the chance to keep doing everything over again until I got it right.

Instead, my movie seems to be "Full Metal Jacket," except boot camp is done and the combat is in divorce court.

Anonymous said...

Great Amelie....
One person can change your life forever.....thank you....!!!!

Lazy Disciple said...

I am reminded of this passage from A River Runs Through It:

"I had as yet no notion that life every now and then becomes literature - not long enough, of course, but long enough to be what we best remember, and often enough so that what we eventually come to mean by life are those moments when life, instead of going sideways, backwards, forward, or nowhere at all, lines out straight, tense and inevitable, with a complication, climax, and given some luck, a purgation, as if life had been made and not happened."

Lola said...

What or who would write your soundtrack?

berenike said...

The Remains of the Day.

The Reformer said...

I'm with the guys for Groundhog Day, sometime it takes a while to do the right things, but the hearts of men are ontologically good, just tattered and torn.

Anonymous said...

In 2002, in France, it won the César Award for:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Music
Best Production Design

Music is absolutly fantastic....:-)

Anonymous said...

Ummm...I rented this movie last night. Sat down to watch it with my mother and younger sister... I turned it off in the first ten minutes.

I do not recommend this movie to anyone. It is most impure.

I must say that I am very disappointed that it has gotten the rave review from you and your readers. This is a Catholic blog, correct?

I visited here for the firs time from a link on Fr. Z’s blog, as he was asking for prayers for your recovery. I will think twice about doing that again.

Be good!

Carolina Cannonball said...

Dear Anonymous, I am sorry you missed the MPAA rating in BOLD CAPITALIZED TYPE: Rated R for sexual content.

I wonder if you have similar morally superior words for Fr. Z when he talks about how much he loves The Sopranos.

I certainly hope you meant you will think twice about visiting my blog, and not about praying for me. Obviously I am deeply disturbed and in need of pious prayer from my holier Christian brethren. I thank you humbly for your charity.


Anonymous said...



I don't know why you are so offended.

The 'similar moral superior words' comment was truly uncalled for.

You can get all bent out of shape because of my post, which is quite obvious from your sarcasm. If you were to try looking at this situation, without yourself at the center, you would understand where I am coming from.

It seems that you see yourself, far too often, as the victim.

This film is rated R and is completely immoral, which is NOT posted on your blog…anywhere. This is not something that should be endorsed on a Catholic blog, I don’t care what Father Z is promoting. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

...and as a side note (and I refer to your mission statement/profile: "The time of persecution is coming. If brought up on charges of being a Catholic I hope there's enough evidence to convict me.")...Amelie completely contradicts your mission statement. Looks likes you have a lot of work to do to be convicted as a true Catholic!

As a Catholic, reading a so-called Catholic blog, I find this scandalous.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous has a good point . Carolina if as you say the movie "Amelia"is rated R (nudity etc) Why then is it on a Catholic blog??????????
You really should be more careful and prayerful about what you put on your blog. I will pray for you.

Carolina Cannonball said...

Anonymous, one and the same ... posting in aggreeance to your own comment...cute.

I humbly and graciously accept your prayers. I have not reached the sinless sainthood status, such as yourself.

I will pray for you as well... SPIRITUAL PRIDE is often a vice of many well meaning Catholics. You have my most heartfelt prayers. We have much to learn from each other.

Peace to you, oh, holy piuos Catholic from who I have much to learn.

Anonymous said...
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Carolina Cannonball said...

My Dearest Anonymous Commenter, please revisit this post.

With charity,
Your Blog Administrator.

ps- because posting anonymous venom is "so mature".

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous Commenter,

"Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris as quietly as a mouse. With wide eyes and a tiny grin, she sees the world in a magical light, discovering minor miracles every day... A shy and reserved person whose favorite moments are spent alone skimming stones into the water, Amélie was raised by a pair of eccentrics who falsely diagnosed her with a heart problem at the age of six and so limited her exposure to the outside world... "

"Tautou's inherent charm, garnished with a gaze of innocent sexuality, lends the character of Amélie the perfect recipe for audiences to take her to their collective hearts"

I'm sorry for unfounded criticism of this wonderful blog!!!
With best regards, Megi

Adeodatus said...

Amelie -- French romantic comedy with fantasy aspects in which a timid Parisienne waitress (Audrey Tautou) secretly interferes in the lives of those around her, mostly for the better, while shying away from the young man (Mathieu Kassovitz) who is most interested in her. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs an airy valentine to Paris that romanticizes its quirky characters with gorgeous visuals that manage to gloss over any moral considerations. Subtitles. Fleeting violence involving a suicide and comic treatment of sex including several instances of brief nudity and a few crude visual jokes. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.(2001 )

Anonymous said...


Just one look at Audrey Tautou and the sun shines. Especially in this film.
This film is an ode to beauty, simplicity, sincerity and goodwill.
And when we add more to the French-only you can say la vie est belle!
Or in this case, the film.