The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why do you look so resentful?” (Genesis 4:6, CEB)
The Jedi Master Yoda warns both Aiken and Luke Skywalker about anger. Yoda tells Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Someone should have warned Cain.
you said to eat from
any tree in the garden
just not that one
the one in the middle
the one with the best fruit
but i ate it anyway
and now i’m falling
The Redemption of Scrooge, Matt Rawle, Abingdon Press, 2016.
There are a few things that are a must at Christmastime. The tree with treasured ornaments. The rich aromas of holiday cooking. The time spent revisiting old memories.
For me, Christmas is not complete without watching Christmas movies. At our house, it’s A Christmas Story, Elf, and Christmas Vacation. And some version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. (My favorite is still the Mickey Mouse version.) Dickens’ Carol has captured readers for centuries. His story has been retold on stage, in film and television. Quite possibly because the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is timeless.
London Boulevard is the directorial debut of William Monahan. Monahan won an Oscar for his script for the film Departed, which would explain the similarities between the two films. The cinematography drapes the London cityscape with blood, grime, and smeared lipstick. At other times it is reminiscent of The Bodyguard—the protector and the protected falling in love.
Mitchel (Colin Farrell) has been in jail for three years for “grievous bodily harm.” His buddy Billy (Ben Chaplin) picks him up and immediately begins coercing him into criminal work. Mitchel tries to explain to him that he is never going back to jail. Billy, however, doesn’t seem to care. He continuously puts Mitchel is awkward situations where he has to defend himself. Eventually, Billy will make it near impossible for Mitchel not to confront Gant (Ray Winstone), the gang boss.