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Ok, so I’m a sucker for Clint Eastwood, growling, scowling, and grimacing his way through another movie. This may not be Clint’s best, but I liked it. As the movie opens, Walt Kowalski (Clint’s character) has just lost his wife. One of her last requests to her young parish priest, was that he get her husband to go to confession. Walt *needs* to go to confession and gradually comes to realize just how badly he needs to do so. He lives next door to a family of Asian (Hmong) immigrants and the story revolves around how he is reluctantly drawn into a relationship with them. Walt becomes the crankiest guardian angel you’ll ever see. Eastwood is great in this (by now) familiar role (in this case, he’s Archie Bunker packing heat). Here’s one of his memorable lines (spoken to a gang of hoodlums who thought they were tough . . . that is, until they met Walt): “Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while that you shouldn’t have messed with? That’s me.”

Yes. it. is.

Oh it’s a tad predictable. You realize early on that Walt is going to end up liking his new neighbors, and, probably, sacrificing himself for them, but still, . . . come on, . . . it’s Clint, it’s the squint, it’s . . . it’s the vibe, man. Make my day.

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Making God laugh

We watched “Bella” last evening and enjoyed it a good deal. This film was written and directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and shows how new life comes through love and sacrifice. Ah, that sounds commonplace, and, of course, it is. But this is how Christians transform the world. The lead character (Jose`) works in his brother’s restaurant as head chef. Jose` is there in hiding: hiding from the pain and grief he’s suffered, hiding from others and hiding from the shame and disappointment he thinks he’s inflicted upon his family and friends. One day his brother fires a waitress for being late to work and Jose’ is moved to try to help her. This leads to a day which ends up transforming Nina (the waitress) and Jose` himself. There’s lots of emphasis on food and eating here. Table communion, shared meals, bring life. It’s a simple and beautiful story of how giving up yourself is the way to life and peace. Jose’s compassion transforms Nina. And the new Nina, changes Jose’s life . . . forever. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, do it.

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