Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Category:Movies
Genre: Comedy
Steve Myers (Billy Connolly) is an eccentric guy who drops out of society after losing his job, marriage and almost all his worldly possessions. He invests all his money in a yacht to start the simpler life of a fisherman. Conflict begins when he wakes up one day to find that his yacht has been struck by lightning. He files a claim with the insurance company, but the latter refuses on the ground that the boat’s destruction was an “act of God”. Finding that he wouldn’t stand a chance if he sues one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, he decides to sue the root of his problems – God, and names the Pope, the local bishop and a rabbi as respondents. God’s representatives face the dilemma of admitting that the destruction of Steve’s boat was actually God's act and compensate the former, or deny it and thereby deny God’s existence.

I forgot much of the film’s details because I saw it a loooong time ago in one of those Australian film fests held in UP Film Center, but the fresh concept and engaging humor made me remember it as I was reading an Insurance case (where the insurance company raised the defense of force majeure to escape liability under the insurance contract). Back to the movie. Much of the film’s brilliance comes from Billy Connolly’s portrayal of the ill-tempered hero, who, despite his eccentricities, easily attracts the audience’s sympathy. And why not, he is cleverly depicted as David who engages in a fight against society’s Goliaths -- the Church, the media and the legal system. The biggest joke, I think, is that Steve himself was a lawyer who gave up law because of his disappointment with the corruption afflicting the profession.

The movie tackles philosophical issues about God’s existence and his involvement in people’s lives and makes a case against greedy insurance companies who insure their profit more than their clients’ welfare.


Rating: 4 stars


For a real case against God, read the story below.


Prisoner sues God 

(from (http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1576068.html)
 

A Romanian prisoner is suing God for failing to save him from the Devil.

The inmate, named as Pavel M in media reports, accused God of "cheating, abuse and traffic of influence".

His complaint reads: "I, the undersigned Pavel M, currently jailed at Timisoara Penitentiary serving a 20 years sentence for murder, request legal action against God, resident in Heaven, and represented here by the Romanian Orthodox Church, for committing the following crimes: cheating, concealment, abuse against people's interest, taking bribe and traffic of influence."

The inmate argued that his baptism was a contract between him and God who was supposed to keep the Devil away and keep him out of trouble.

He added: "God even claimed and received from me various goods and prayers in exchange for forgiveness and the promise that I would be rid of problems and have a better life. But on the contrary I was left in Devil's hands."

The complaint was sent to the Timisoara Court of Justice and forwarded to the prosecutor's office. But prosecutors said it would probably be dropped and they were unable to subpoena God to court.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gobbledygook (or words of a perfectly perplexed person parrying patois)

Pactum commissorium!
This is not a spell from the world of Harry Potter. This is just one of the many alien terminologies in law that make its study harder than it already is -– antichresis, dacion en pago, usufruct, commodatum. There are those that seem harmless enough because of common usage but are actually more toxic than the foreign-language stuff -- insurance, possession, loan, mortgage, agency, partnership.




The key, one of my professors said, is to consult a dictionary. But alas, the definition provides more questions than answers, and one ends up jumping from one entry to another in the search for meaning. A student may a) rely on context clues, or b) continue reading as if the abstruse term does not exist. Doing any of these will definitely shorten the time spent on reading, which, being inversely proportional to the time for R&R, makes the aforementioned options very attractive. And yes, will also increase the chances of one being Avada Kedavraed by the professor come recitation time.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

half-truths

You Are Charming and Eloquent

You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are incredibly wise and perceptive. You have a lot of life experience.
You are a natural peacemaker, and you are especially good at helping others get along.
But keeping the peace in your own life is not easy. You see things very differently, and it's hard to get you to budge.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

isang taon


"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

*****

Salamat sa isang taong puno ng awiting tayo lang ang nakakarinig... kahit wala sa tono minsan. hehehe. ;-)