Kael vs Sarris | Blessed. . .



"...Kael looked for faults; Sarris, for beauties. Kael made each weak film seem like a blow to her intelligence. Sarris forgave. He taught that it was better to leave a door open than to write someone off - even Bertolucci, even Ingmar Bergman, whom some of us would never learn to like until Persona, and some not until Fanny and Alexander. Sarris subordinated his personality to that of the movie and its director, which made him seem less fiery than his uptown counterpart, but his attitude suited our own somewhat adolescent amorphousness of character. The arrogant certainty of our tastes was, we thought, born of a passionate humility, a sense of serving wise masters named Carl Theodor Dreyer, F. W. Murnau, and Mizoguchi Kenji."

--- David Bordwell. "Cinecerity." Poetics of Cinema. Routeledge, 2007.




From Idlip, dir. by Loren Rabadam

From my favorite part in the Gospel,

Sermon on the Mount.
Luke 6: 20 - 26

"Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.

Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.

Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.

Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name of evil on account
of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.

Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.

Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way."

To become selfless, something I wanted badly...
Happy 6th Sunday.