Category Archives: Arts and Culture

The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2017

Every year I rank the films nominated for Best Picture. As always, these are not predictions nor is the order based on films I “liked” the most, but rather my opinion of which films are most worthy to win the … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2016

It’s time for my annual ranking of the films nominated for Best Picture.  As in the past, these are not predictions,  but rather my opinion of which films are most worthy to win the Best Picture Oscar. (In fact my #8 … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2015

Here’s my annual ranking of the  films that are vying for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. As in the past, the films are ranked not by prediction of who will win, nor by which ones I “liked the best,” … Continue reading

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The War on Rohatsu-Bodhi Day, and Gantan-sai, and . . .

Between now and New Year’s Day: November 23 – Christ the King (Christian) November 24 – Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom (Sikh) November 26 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i) November 27 – Thanksgiving November 28 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i) … Continue reading

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Review and Reflection: “Birdman”

“Birdman,” and this post, are rated “R” for adult language and themes. When we think of “breathtaking” films what usually come to mind are epic spectacles of sound and fury. But “Birdman” is a film that takes one’s breath away … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2014 – Part Two

Here’s the conclusion of my ranking of the nine Best Picture nominees for Sunday’s Academy Awards.  Part One, with films #9-5, is HERE. I had lots of trouble ranking these top four films.  Any of them would be a worthy … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2014, Part One

With the Academy Awards scheduled for Sunday evening, today we interrupt the series of posts about my Israel trip  for Part One of my annual Best Picture Countdown. Part Two will be posted tomorrow. (The Israel posts so far are HERE, HERE, and HERE and will … Continue reading

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