Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hockey at the Scope

My fellow bloggers, it has come to my attention that I have not kept up with the regular posts as I should be. For this, I apologize. Now, on to the post.

Ah, hockey! For me, hockey was a thing of my childhood. About once a year, my dad would get family tickets through his company to see what were then known as the Hampton Roads Admirals. As a kid, I remember a lot of cheering, the music was loud and the food was great and the Admirals inevitably won. The thing I remember the most was whenever the goalie would catch the puck in his goalie glove, the song Can't Touch This would be playing on the loudspeaker and the screen would light up with an image of the goalie catching the puck in his glove in a stylistic fashion. Those were, and still are, fond memories. Fast forward about 10 to 15 years. Wednesday, I went with my CG to an Admirals game and in the span of 2.5 hours my childhood memories were replaced with a half full Scope arena, lackluster screen effects, and a losing Admirals team. On the plus side, the food is till good. Was it a bad experience? Not at all! I thoroughly enjoyed time around people I care about and even though the outcome of the game was disappointing, I enjoyed watching it. Plus, the tickets were relatively cheap. It's great when you realize that the circumstances in an event should not dictate how you react. That's what happened that night. Despite how I felt about the game, I had a great time socializing with my friends. Well, that's all for now. See ya next time.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hope when Life Hurts Most Part 1 of 5.

I recently watched a DVD of mine with Louie Giglio dealing with suffering. Louie is one of my favorite speakers and every time I hear him, my heart gets pierced. Anyway, I came to find out that the DVD is also youtube. It's really weird because after I watched this video, it's like God put in my life people who were dealing with suffering in a big way. So I thought I'd put this video here. I hope it encourages you as it did me.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Heart of the Matter

Yesterday I got to spend some time with one of my good friends from ODU, my old stomping ground. We had a delicious dinner together and started talking about various things going on in each of our lives, but it wasn't long before we started delving into how our lives were going spiritually.

What was interesting is we were talking about how we are both attracted to people who are distant from the crowd. We both think that it's important to include people who might be different. After all, Jesus did the same thing.

Just look at Jesus' disciples. A ragtag bunch of men who were not the brightest, not the coolest, and certainly not the most wanted, especially in the case of Matthew, a tax collector hated by the Jews. But these men became the forefathers of my faith and ushered into the world the story of Jesus Christ. Goes to show you how the love that Christ has to offer affects someone. And that's what this blog entry is all about. I want to challenge everyone, myself included, to look out for those people who are alone at the lunch table, standing in the hallway, staring blankly, looking for a friend. Let's step out of our comfort zone and our cliques and reach out to someone. We may be the only Jesus he or she sees.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Gran Torino

I recently saw the movie Gran Torino. I would highly recommend this movie. Starring and directed by the screen legend Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino tells the story of Walt Kowalski, a grumpy old Korean War vet who gets caught up in neighborhood violence when he saves his Hmong neighbor Tao from what would be a bloody fistfight. The friendship and struggles that these two have are the topics of this film. I would recommend going to see it.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Unofficial Rating: Go see it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I may get a lot of hate mail... but so be it

So today's big news in the entertainment biz is obviously the return of American Idol.

Tonight at 8PM begins another season of glitz, glamour, and crazy teenage fans who vote based mostly on who's better looking.

Paula, Randy, and Simon will return to decide the fate of the entrants. Who will make it? You find out tonight.

And I will be doing something else because frankly, I don't like the show. To me it's glorifying the entertainment industry and showing that people care more about the next Idol than more important things going on around the world. Also, it always disappoints me when I find out that a legitimately talented artist loses to a pretty boy. And Ryan Seacrest, I'm sorry, but he's just not funny.

But the biggest issue I have with Idol is that for the most part, the artists they create don't make great music. It's good, sure, but not enough to make me want to buy the CD. The CDs sell because of the TV show more than the artist themselves. Either that, or America's taste in music has suffered over the years.

I'm not a big fan of reality TV in general but there are 2 shows that I do like in the reality TV vein that I would recommend:

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Biggest Loser

These 2 shows I don't watch regularly, but they do something that others don't: they show real people who are dealing with real issues and the show helps them solve their problems.

Please don't hate me,

David Ferrell

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Our God Reigns

Hey guys,

I thought I'd share with you the best worship experience I ever had. This is a video I got off youtube of a little of what I experienced. It absolutely floored me and makes me cry every time I hear the song in joy that I know my Savior, Jesus Christ.


Top 9 film picks of 2008.

While I did not pick 10 movies, I did pick 9 just because I haven't seen any more movies that could fit on this list

9. Kung Fu Panda
8. Iron Man
7. Rachel Getting Married
6. Frozen River
5. Wall*E
4. Encounters at the End of the World
3. Synecdoche, New York
2. The Dark Knight
1. Slumdog Millionare

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Slumdog Millionare: A Review

It has been said that life is a series of moments. Some are fond, some are sad, and some you just wish you never experienced. However, those moments all teach us something and shape us into the person we become. This is the subject of the new critically acclaimed movie that came seemingly out of nowhere to become a top contender in the Oscar race: Slumdog Millionare. The story centers on the character of Jamel, a young Indian man, raised in the slums of Mumbai that becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionare? The film shows us how Jamel answers the questions by giving us flashbacks to his earlier life.

I will say this about the movie: never have I seen the real India depicted better than in a movie like this. We see both sides. If I say anymore I may ruin the movie, but I know people who have been to India and they told me that it is very much the way the film depicts it.

What I most enjoyed about this movie is that a group of basically unknown actors and a director who was willing to step outside the hollywood box worked so well together and made this amazing film. It's definitely in my top 5 films this year.

I give this movie 4 stars.

My rating system:

no stars: avoid this movie like the plague. Bleaching your eyes out would be a more fun experience.
half a star: not worth mentioning, but better than some.
1 star: bad, but not a total disaster.
1 and a half stars: Still pretty bad, but didn't get it all wrong
2 stars: had some minor flaws, but enough to make the movie uninteresting
2.5 stars: barely missed the mark
3 stars: go see it. Could have done much better, but still worth seeing
3.5 stars: Was a great movie, but had one little thing that was messed up
4 stars: a great movie that surpasses the norm and distinguishes itself from the rest.

Note: I don't believe in waiting for a movie to come out on DVD that you wouldn't see in theatres. If it's not worth seeing in theatres, it's not worth seeing at all.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Pothen Podcast Episode 11

For those of you who don't know, my best friend and I work together with his brothers on a podcast that we put on iTunes and youtube. It's called, naturally, The Pothen Podcast. Here's episode 11 for your viewing pleasure.


Welcome 2009

So, I think it's time to reflect on the best and worst things of 2008.

The best:
1. My brother graduated from ODU.
2. The 5 movies I saw at the Naro (Frozen River, Synecdoche, New York , Encounters at the End of the World, Rachel Getting Married, It's a Wonderful Life)
3. Creation Fest ('nuff said)
4. Seeing Switchfoot 3 times in the same year and backstage twice.
5. Being first in line at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight in IMAX.
6. Sharing in my best friend's first concert experience.
7. The Olympics
8. Christmas Eve at Waters Edge
9. Easter at Waters Edge (all those eggs)
10. Feeding the homeless

The worst:

1. The 2008 election and everything that went with it (I'm so glad we're not getting called anymore)
2. The Russia / Georgia conflict
3. The death of many notable people (Heath Ledger, Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Bobby Fischer, Arthur C. Clarke, Sydney Pollack, Tim Russert, Bernie Mac, Leroi Moore)
4. Bad movies that I saw (Jumper, Quantum of Solace)
5. The Pothen move (but that was really just sad, not bad)
6. The economic crisis and how it is still affecting so many people.

I am really thankful for all the good things that happened to me this year, but sometimes I need to remind myself that the world's flawed, and that I have been blessed by God. That's why I put the worst there. I am so thankful for what God's given to me this year. I hope you are as well.

But now I look forward to 2009, hoping that this year will be even better than the last and that above all else, my life would be used to shine God's light into someone's life.