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September 06, 2007

The Good Die Young (1954)

Title:
The Good Die Young
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Just watched my first full film on Film Four, ‘The Good Die Young’.

This is an solidly made film noir about three downtrodden men lead astray by a deranged playboy. Each of these four characters has a wife, giving a rich tapestry of stories which never become overwhelming. John Ireland (playing Eddie Blaine) gives a particularly strong performance amongst an entire ensemble of strong performances.

The direction of the whole piece is excellent, if not exceptional, with absolutely no intrusion from unnecessary camera movement. This combined with a good script lead to a very absorbing experience.

Definitely recommended.


No Australians On The Internet

Writing about web page http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.cms.launchpad.user/1993

Reading Hobbsee’s signoff in this email and given some of the discussion in #launchpad recently brought to mind the phrase:

There are no Australians on the Internet! Pics of Sydney harbour or GTFO!

At least I amuse myself. That is all.


The Bible In A Year: Day 5 (January 5th)

Follow-up to The Bible In A Year: Day 4 (January 4th) from The Utovsky Bolshevik Show

I am aware that this is technically a day late (though, in reality, only about 10 minutes late as of starting the post). Imagine you live in the States while reading it and everything will be fine.

The reading for January 5th is Genesis 13-15 and Romans 5.

Genesis

Chapter 13

13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.

The first mention of Sodom, which becomes important soonish in the story.

Now Abram splits up with Lot, in an entirely amicable fashion, returning to the land promised to him by God. Then:

14 The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”

God reiterates his promise.

18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.

Abram builds yet another altar.

Chapter 14

It turns out that Lot has gone to live in Sodom. Through a variety of political machinations and not a few wars (verses 1-10 or so) the King of Sodom is legging it, with the people chasing him ransacking all of the Sodomites possesions, Lot’s included. Abram sets off with his men to save Lot and:

16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

Hurrah!

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,

A Communion-esque meal following a great triumph. Interesting to contrast it with the Last Supper, which was a Communion-esque meal preceding a great triumph.

20b Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

The first instance of tithing in the Bible.

Chapter 15

God promises that Abram’s offspring shall be as many as the stars in the sky, despite the fact he remains childless.

6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

This is the verse referenced in yesterday’s Romans reading and, according to the NIV footnotes, is the first explicit reference in the Bible to faith being important to God.

7 He also said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”

Yet again God reiterates his promise.

8 But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

For the first time, Abram asks how this can be the case. Previously he has not doubted.

9 So the LORD said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”

This, and the following verses, may seem like an odd way of proving to Abram that he will gain possession. However, the verses 9-21 form a covenant between God and Abram which is, to quote the NIV footnotes again, ‘cast in the form of ancient Near Eastern royal land-grant treaties and contained a perpetual and divine promise to fulfill the grant of land to Abram, and his descendants’. So, presumably, Abram would have got the message.

Romans

Chapter 5

3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Reminiscent of the Beatitudes.

7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We are not righteous or good and yet Christ has died for us.

14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

Suggestive of original sin? Did anyone between Adam and Moses go to heaven?

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Sin, and hence death, entered the world through one man, Adam, and caused the death of many. Death was defeated by one man, Jesus, and that allowed for the salvation of many more. Paul clearly considers this a vital point as he reiterates it several times.

20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

This verse seems to suggest that God’s law was the cause for greater trespass (sin). Instead, it is saying that God’s law made clearer the magnitude of the existing trespass.


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