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January 07, 2008

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Shawn Kitchen

Can't say that I saw many films in 2007. The fiscal outlook for our family this year was pretty tight, so we had to cut back on a lot of frivolities, movies being at the top of the list.

However, I can tell you 3 films from various years that I've enjoyed immensely.

The Color Purple - This is still my favorite film of all time. I didn't think I would like it the first time I saw it, but I can't escape how powerful a story this was about redemption. I'm big into personal redemption anyway because of my understanding of God's power to restore broken relationships in my own life, so any story about personal redemption gets my attention.

The Bridges of Madison County - Maybe this one appeals to me because of some similarities to events of my own life. I can remember that the first time I saw it, I was put off by the pacing of the movie, but I've come to realize that Eastwood did ths on purpose. I don't condone extramarital affairs, but I do understand what leads to them.

Mr. Holland's Opus - What grabbed me about this movie was the idea of how something that you thought would be just a "passing fad" in your life can sometimes get a hold of you and become the thing that you cherish deeply. In some ways, it reminds me of some of the career choices I've made in my life, and how God's plans for us have a way of sneaking up on us without us realizing it. I also recall telling my wife once that "whoever wrote this movie has a very keen understanding on what tempts a man".

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