“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:28-30 TPT.
25. High Flying Bird (directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Steven Soderbergh's latest foray into the world of iPhone filmmaking was released through streaming platform Netflix back in January. Detailing the world of basketbal through a seasoned agent and a big name client as they try to weather the storm during an NBA lockout. This is the quintessential sports movie of the 2010s, which, quite ironically, features no sports. And it proves once more that Soderbergh is a true master of the craft. Not only in the way he plays with form and technology. But also in his unique ability to take something as incredibly dense as Tarrell Alvin McCraney's fantastic screenplay and turn it into something so beautifully organic as this. Very few films released this year have moved in such a refined way. The pacing is simply breathtaking. Reminiscent of when Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher teamed up for 'The Social Network'. There's a rhythm to the writing, like rap or poetry. But there's also substance present. 'High Flying Bird' works on a multitude of levels. Bringing the viewer into a world of large issues and even bigger stakes. André Holland is excellent as Ray Burke, a natural born hustler who knows the game in and out. Playing chess, while everyone else is still playing checkers. We see him figure out who he needs to be in each situation in order to further his agenda. The writing is just so unbelievably rich and sharp, I'll be dissappointed if this isn't nominated for an Academy Award next month. Personally, I feel that 'High Flying Bird' has enormous potential to grow with age. And a future cult classic status is not unlikely.
26. The Last Black Man In San Francisco (directed by Joe Talbot) ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco' was born out of a Kickstarter campaign and eventually got picked up at this year's Sundance film festival by Brad Pitt's Plan B. Since then it's gone on to receive great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Inspired by the true story of a young man returning home to the house his grandfather built. Located in a part of San Francisco that was once predominantly black, but now has been gentrified. The original occupants displaced due to the changing socioeconomic landscape. Enter our hero as he seeks to reclaim his old home. First-time director Joe Talbot directs with great assurance and ambition. Creating a dreamlike version of San Francisco that is both beautiful and sad. 'Last Black Man' is a visually confident and tonally strange film that aims to move the audience through an honest connection. Elegantly tackling themes such as the unreliability of family history or the importance of friendship, while at the same time celebrating the glorious splendor of San Francisco in each and every frame. The house is an essential part of the film. Furthermore, the acting is amazing. Newcomers Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors impress by keeping things simple and small. Equally impactful is Emile Mosseri's hauntingly beautiful score, which gracefully amplifies the film's emotional resonance. And in the end, I was deeply moved.
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27. Dolemite Is My Name (directed by Craig Brewer)
Rudy Ray Moore has inspired many over the years. And now, it seems, he has also ignited a flame under Eddie Murphy's ass. After years of churning out cringy, unwatchable family fare, Eddie Murphy is pulled back into his comfort zone with this beautifully hilarious ode to creative outsiders with a dream. 'Dolemite' comes across as a passion project for Murphy; one that comes equipped with tons of swagger, several endearing moments of nostalgia, and many other sweet sentiments. Feeling somewhat reminiscent of another project Eddie Murphy himself co-starred in, namely the hugely underrated 'Bowfinger', 'Dolemite' is dedicated to the notion of hard work paying off. There’s an innocence to the way Rudy Ray is presented here. Writer-director Craig Brewer (‘Hustle & Flow’) and his leading man have opted to portrait Rudy as a man who continuously puts in the work, never loses faith in himself, and doesn’t shy away from sharing the stage with his co-creators. There’s no-backstabbing or negativity involved. Instead, 'Dolemite' presents the creative process as something of a bonding experience. And I found it to be a beautifully affectionate portrayal, next to being a laugh-out-loud funny one. Shining alongside Murphy is a great ensemble of talented actors and comedians. My personal favorite being Wesley Snipes, who literally steals every scene he's in. Brewer cleverly avoids taking the material too serious by injecting it with enough fast-talking vulgarity and outrageous hilarity. More importantly though, is his unwillingness to portray Rudy, or anyone else for that matter, as a victim of circumstance. In short, 'Dolemite' is a lewd, crass, and incredibly sweet film. And I enjoy every single minute of it.
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“The Night That Christ Was Born”
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The greatest gift of my life is Jesus’ death on the cross for me. Like the disciples, Jesus knew I would need Him to live a godly and purpose-filled life on earth, as I wait to meet Him face to face. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come to live within me, filling me with His presence, His peace, and His strength. I could not imagine life without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence, One who never leaves us (John 14:16). The promise of His presence is a steady, uninterrupted, and lifelong habitation. Jesus has made me a carrier of His presence. I know I can count on the Holy Spirit every day, because Jesus promised that by His Spirit He would always be with me, go before me, and surround me. The presence of Holy Spirit increases my heart’s affection for Jesus.
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit brings peace of mind and peace of heart (John 14:27). This gift of peace is a divine peace that grounds my mind and heart during any circumstance and season. The peace that the Holy Spirit brings is a supernatural calm, stillness of heart when life is busy, and a heart revelation that it is well with my soul even when there is suffering or circumstances I do not understand.
The Holy Spirit has become the source of my strength (John 14:12). The Holy Spirit fuels my life with strength to be about Jesus’ mission in my daily life. The Holy Spirit guides my steps during the day as a wife and mother, using me to reveal His heart to those around me. The Holy Spirit helps do things I cannot do in my own strength or wisdom.
The promise and reality of the Holy Spirit living in me makes the words of Psalm 139 come alive:
“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand with guide me, and your strength will support me” (Psalm 139:7-10 NLT).
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