Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tales from the Golden Age

A few weeks ago, we were speaking about movies at our English Conversation Club.  I mentioned that I haven’t enjoyed most of the Romanian movies I’ve seen, to which the students all responded with eyes wide in horror (not literally, but definitely metaphorically) at my comment.

“Why do you not enjoy Romanian films?  I think maybe you cannot understand them.”

“Oh, no, even with subtitles.  It’s just…”  I dug my hole deeper.

“But we have many good Romanian movies.”

“I honestly haven’t seen too many,” I said, digging myself out a bit.  “Probably I have only seen the bad ones.”  I quickly turned the conversation away from trying to explain why I did not like Romanian movies and instead asked for recommendations of Romanian films I should see.

And that’s how I ended up watching one of the funniest and most insightful movies I’ve seen in a long time:  Tales from the Golden Age.

The movie is based around a number of short stories, legends of what life was like under Communism.  Some would be downright sad and painful in reality but on film are simply hilarious.  (The Christmas pig!!!!)  I don’t want to spoil too much of the fun, so I won’t tell any more.  But if you need more to convince you this movie is worth your time, check out IMDb and the trailer (see below).

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Censorship… It has its benefits

One of the local sex shops (and there are many) periodically plasters the city with its posters, most of which feature scantily-clad or nude women.  The posters could be worse, but they’re certainly not what I want visitors to Bucharest, little children, or young men such as myself to be bombarded with while walking along the streets.

The posters are pasted illegally.  When the posterers (is that even a word?) get caught, they’re always fined.  The sex shop always pays the fine, and then they go right back to breaking the law with another round of posters.

While I’m all for freedom of the press, there are times when censorship has its benefits.  I just really don’t think it’s healthy for anything and everything to be out on the streets.

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Why is Life so Difficult?!?!

Have you ever asked God, “Why is this so difficult?!?! If you’re really God, and if you really love me, if Jesus really did die to make me holy, why is this all so difficult???”

A few days ago, I finished the book of Joshua. While not every story tells of an amazing victory, the book leaves the reader feeling optimistic. Yes, the job is not complete and difficulties are to come, but God is powerful and faithful, the people are continuing to press forward, and the enemy is being driven out.

And then Judges starts… and we are immediately confronted with the reality of failure.

The failure is a major one, and so the angel of God Himself appears to rebuke Israel because, while He has been faithful to them, they have not been faithful to Him.

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