Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nim's Island

A very fanciful clean family story of a girl and her scientist father who are living on a south sea island.

I cannot understand how they get internet access there. Must be a Starbucks nearby or something! Anyway the girl has been communicating with her author-hero, Alex Rover, who she thinks is a man for obvious reasons.

When her dad does not get back from a trip to a nearby atoll to collect specimens, she becomes worried and contacts Alex Rover and tells 'him' her fears.

However Alex Rover is Alexandra Rover, the female author of the series of adventure books about the imaginary hero, Alex Rover.

Now Alex has that dysfunction which makes her afraid of germs and just about anything else. She does not move out of her house for anything, even to get the mail if the postman leaves it at the gate instead of on her steps.

But in this wonderful story of overcoming, Alex decides to leave home and find the girl, Nim, because Nim does not know where her father is. He did not come back.

An amazing adventure of overcoming which ends happily when ....

But that would be telling you the ending!!! See the video and discover the rest of the story!


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Inspiring Movies

Let's simplify things.

Two basic kinds of movies. Yes I know there are more but I am talking about adult, non-cartoon, dramatic movies. There are great fantasy movies too. Movies that entertain. Movies that make you laugh.

There are documentaries and "pretend documentaries" like Michael Moore's which are actually political statement movies. Documentaries reveal interesting facts. Let's pretend documentaries are movies which attempt to move you to the point of view of the author regardless of truth. It is the author's or director's perception of truth that is important. "Don't confuse us with the real facts! My mind is made up" movies.

But here we are talking about movies that EITHER INSPIRE or DESPIRE you! Never heard of 'despire'? Don't feel bad because I just made it up.

Inspiring movies move you toward greatness. Despiring movies move you toward desperation! They do the opposite of inspiring you. I am sure you can think of a whole host of movies which show the lowest of the human condition, that make you feel cynical and hopeless. It is not my purpose to even mention them because they have already received more credit than their due.

Here we intend to point out movies that raise the bar of human compassion and inspiration. Movies that raise the bar not lower it. Movies which may not have been thought of by the Hollywood elite as particularly good in some cases but nevertheless move you to positive action not negative desperation.

The Passion of the Christ is obviously one of these. I have a DVD which outlines some of the amazing acts that Mel Gibson's movie led individuals to do. Did you hear about the man who murdered his wife, but was let go with no proof that he did it.

Later, in prison for another act, he saw "Passion of the Christ and confessed to the warden that he had also murdered his wife. Asked to explain how he fooled the crime investigators, he told them that he watched CSI all the time!

It is not my purpose to cast aspersions toward CSI. I enjoy the show except for the bloody dramatizations of how someone was murdered!

I hope that you some of you who read this will catch the vision and email me at and ask to make a contribution or suggestion about movies that YOU found inspiring!