Eugene Cho

what’s your feel good movie?

Wow. I noticed that most of my entries the past week or so have been very intense. So, let’s take a step back. For goodness sake, it’s Thanksgiving week! And we also need to get many of our blog lurkers and stalkers off the sidelines and onto the comments.

No one will bite…but I can’t guarantee it after this week.

Here’s the simple question:

What are you go to feel good movies that you watch to lift your spirits? The films you watch when you’re feeling down, knocked down, or in need of inspiration?

How about three? But share at least one.

My three+ in no particular order: Read the rest of this entry »

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i need your movie recommendations


So, I’m getting over the “feeling sorry” for myself state and facing the reality of the recovery ahead for my ruptured Achilles. I’ll be in a cast for a minimum of 3 months and likely a soft walking cast for another 2-3 months after that. I’m hoping that after 9 months, I’ll be walking and jogging normally but may take at least one year.

I’ve been told by a few guys that I should take advantage of this time to build up my upper body.  I told them:

No need. I’m built already. :)

Anyways, I thought it would be a great way to begin a new week by asking a question to get everyone involved. I’ll be working most of the week at home since I won’t (or shouldn’t) be driving.  While I will honor most of my travel arrangements and still have a bunch of work to do, I have a feeling I’ll have a lot more time for movies.

I’ve already asked for your list of movies that most influenced you and fav chick flicks. But today, I’d like you to contribute at least 3 films that are amongst your favorites that maybe the average folk may not know of (No Blockbusters or Award winners). So, your list of “Best Unknown (Lesser Known) Films”

Here’s a few of my recommendations for you: Read the rest of this entry »

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100 best movie lines

Check out this video about the 100 best movie lines in 200 seconds:

What are some of your favorite lines?

Perhaps my favorite line of all time: Read the rest of this entry »

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your favorite chick flicks?

chick flicks

We’ve discussed some heavy issues recently on the blog so I’d like to change the pace and post something light and talk movies. Who doesn’t like to talk movies?

Last year, I asked a question about the movies that have influenced you the most and why and wow, there were some incredible comments and recommendations. I followed many of your recommendations and enjoyed many of them.

My wife and I have different preferences in films. Me like (grunt) Action and (beating chest) Sci-Fi films.  And so, she takes one for the team to watch those films but I guess I need to do my part so I ask you this important question in an effort to invest in our marriage.

What are your favorite chick flicks?

In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.

Here’s what I can bear watching: Read the rest of this entry »

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best movies of 2008


As I’m surfing through a list of the best films of 2008, I realized that Minhee and I didn’t get out very much.  In fact, I don’t think we went out and saw a single movie together.  Part of it is time and most of it is finances.  We realized that going to see a movie now costs us about $50-$60 a pop: $20 for the movie tix and $30-$40 for a babysitter and well, no movie is worth $60.  Which is another reason why the DVD is my best friend.

But we are trying to watch a film this week while we’re on vacation and have the services of our parents but to be honest, I haven’t heard of most of these films.  

Here’s a list from the American Film Institute [AFI] on their Top 10 Films of 2008 and so I have to ask:   Read the rest of this entry »

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the movie that influenced you – the sequel

Yesterday, I asked this blog community to post some of their most influential films.  Reading people’s contributions got me thinking all day about some of those films.  I shared four on my entry yesterday and am adding a few more to comprise my Top 10 ‘most influential films’ today for the heck of it. 

One of the films is JoyLuck Club because it hits home in many ways. I just couldn’t measure up to my older brothers.  I’m embarrassed to say that I cried like a baby when I saw this film since this hurts my street cred as an ultimate fighter angry asian man.  But oh well.  Here’s the ‘Best Quality Heart’ scene from YouTube.  Anyone else?

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll have to share our lists of all time favorite films and ‘favorite chick flicks.’ Anyway, here’s my Ten Most Influential Films in no particular order.  Feel free to add a few more on yesterday’s entry or here. Read the rest of this entry »

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the movie that influenced you?

A month ago, I asked my readers a simple question about “the book that influenced you” and was encouraged by peoples’ responses since there were books I hadn’t even heard of.  So, in that vein, I’m asking another simple question today to balance out an intense blog week with posts about abortion and oppression of women.  I want to thank folks for engaging in such thoughtful and respectful dialogue.  One of my hopes in blogging is to create a level of Community and Conversation – all while hoping to direct people to the life of Christ.

In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. No one will bite your head off.  This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.

Here’s the question:

What are the films that have influenced you the most and why?

I’m not necessarily asking for your favorite films or what you think is the most influential film to impact cinema but rather, the film that influenced YOU.  Read the rest of this entry »

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“once” – a beautiful movie

Wow.  Tonight, Minhee and I rented and watched the film, “Once” and I have to say while it may not be the greatest of films, it was such a delightful and hopeful film.  What’s amazing was that this film was made for only $160,000. [ For comparison, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was created for $300 million; Troy was created for $180 million].

“Once” – featuring beautiful music – captured our attention, lifted our spirits, and honestly, it made me recommit myself to my guitar and songwriting.  My guitar [11+ years ago before marriage] – used to be my best friend.  I sold it years ago and certainly regretted that decision tonight but with the wife’s permission, I’m ready to be friends again with a guitar.

Seriously, go rent and enjoy this film.  If you’ve seen it already, what did you think?  Question:  What’s been a recent film that has lifted your spirits/hope? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Western Wall in Old City of Jerusalem (aka The Wailing Wall) - from the Second Jewish Temple.

I'm hoping to share a few stories of people that I met (Jewish, Muslims, and Christians) in the Holy Land in the days to come. One of our Palestinian tour guides said to me, "You will leave with more questions...and that's a good thing." He was absolutely right. We want everything so nicely packaged but if we're honest, it's very rare in a broken, complex world...and I can't think of too many things more complex than the situation in Israel and Palestine.

While I certainly understand and resonate with Israel and its history and its need to protect itself from harm, one can't deny the history and existence of Palestine as well. 
Is peace possible? This was the focus of my trip to the Holy learn more about the conflict and those that are working towards peace. My friend, Scott (and other pastor), Mae (our guide) and I had the privilege of going to a Jewish synagogue this past Friday. We were then hosted by a local rabbi and his family for a Shabbat meal. It was marvelous. Incredible. Illuminating. Delicious. A true honor to be invited to his home with his wife and three children. To pray, learn, share, and ask questions. 
What I loved the most was the story of how Rabbi Daniel and his wife rented a bus to take 15 of their friends to the West Bank ... to see for themselves the impact of the wall and the Israeli policies. Some of their friends had never even entered the West Bank...don't personally know a Palestinian. It's impossible to work towards peace when we don't know anyone from the other side...when we don't understand the other side.

Thank you, Rabbi Daniel. Old Jerusalem. So many stories. So much history. The synagogue in Capernaum (Galilee) where Jesus began his public ministry. He taught with authority... Pray for your pastors and teachers...that they may teach with courage, conviction, humility, and ultimately, directing people to Christ - the Word made flesh.

Speaking of, so excited to be teaching at @Quest Church tomorrow. If you're in the Seattle area, join us. A glimpse of Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." What amazes me most about this event is about...timing and patience. For Christ, it wasn't about "if" but about "when." In a world of supersonic pace,  impatience, quick results, hurry and now and NOW...Jesus waited for the Father's timing. He was patient and faithful. I need to learn that waiting on the Lord in itself isn't apathy but rather an act of faith. The town of Bethlehem and at the site of the cave (aka manger) of the birth of Christ.

One of the highlights was a class of Palestinian Muslims and Christian kids in a local public school singing a Christmas carol for us in Bethlehem...just across the Shepherd's Field. Galilee. Surreal to be at the mountainside where Jesus delivered "The Sermon on the Mount" ... aka The Beatitudes. Walking around praying for Paris, Beirut, Istanbul, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine/Israel... This verse is so particularly important in light of all the violence in the world. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

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