The Same Old Story…

I guess there is something comforting in routine.

In the movie Ground Hog Day, predictability is the central theme.

Perhaps you remember Freytag’s Pyramid from high school English. Freytag was a German philologist who created the one- size-fits-all story template over 100 years ago and it’s still alive and kicking in our movies today.  Does this sound familiar?

  • Exposition (think reason for the story)
  • Inciting incident
  • Rising Action
  • Climax
  • Falling action
  • Resolution
  • Denouement (think kiss or hug as movie fades to black)

Boring.

Predictable.

Still effective?

Worth a Saturday night $50 bill?

Noooooooooooooo!

I love – love – love movies with unpredictable plots, subplots and endings.  My top 6 favorite unpredictable ending movies are:

  1. Seven
  2. The Sixth Sense
  3. American Beauty
  4. Usual Suspects
  5. The Prestige
  6. The Shawshank Redemption

Creative effort.

Hello church?

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One response to this post.

  1. Good stuff. If the Church is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, then I believe creativity will blossom. For instance (and I haven’t blogged about it yet, but will), on Sunday our pastor prompted us all to take off our shoes prior to the close of the service because “we are standing on Holy Ground.”

    Most of us did, and the service ended in silence and prayer, folks invited to remain in the sanctuary to pray and leave quietly, no timetable, just do as the Spirit led…

    Powerful.

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