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Two movies…..

I just got done watching Click! with Adam Sandler a few minutes ago.

Amazing how even the world can find and show a few bits and pieces of wisdom every now and again (proof of man’s creation in the image of God, though that image was shattered like glass with the fall, so that only specks and shards show, but not the whole reflection).

Maybe I’ve been trying to fast-foward my life. I remember a wise man saying ‘let the grapes alone for a while…otherwise, you’ll only end up with grape juice instead of wine’.

It’s very rare a movie gets me to thinking…since my usual reason to get a movie is amusement (‘muse’ meaning thought or thinking and the prefix ‘a’ negates it….).

So don’t be shocked if you see me writing about things from this movie from time to time. It’s actually a good movie. Very few curse words and actually a good moral at the end.

The other interesting movie I picked up (at the recommendation of Gloria) was this one:

Woody Allen’s a consistent atheist. The main character of his story operates as a pragmatic atheist and there are several convos throughout the movie which lend to this point – even a silent cry from Allen through the main character for some ultimate meaning other than blind chance and pure accident (all the atheist has to run to as a reason for existence) and he looks for it in justice, but even justice fails in this regard.

It’s a good movie (plotwise) and will keep you on edge till the last minute of the movie.

Nothing like a good movie to get you thinking.

I shall be blogging more in the coming days.

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Superman has feet of clay…..and other interesting observations….

Scott Hollerman’s review of Superman Returns pretty much sums up my take on the movie.

It wasn’t horrid, but it wasn’t as good as X3: The Last Stand.

I thought that Meeky and I were the only ones who noticed this little interesting bit in the movie. Hollerman says:

But there’s precious little of Superman, the exalted, and too much of Superman as Christ, arms outstretched, looking down, suffering and depending on others to save him. That last bit is an overwhelmed subplot about reciprocity and the reality of truly super men and it might have worked, thanks to good scenes between Routh and Marsden.

Be sure to click on the link above and check his whole interview.

Hollerman isn’t the first person to notice the ‘Superman = Jesus’ parallels here. They treat Superman more like a greek god in this movie, who can be radically affected, helped, killed, etc… by human beings than like the cartoon character who appeared bigger than life when they released the first movie in 77.

Lois rescues Superman ?

Superman rushed into the emergency room ?

This is the Man of Steel, right ?

But I digress.

Pretty much, Routh played Christopher Reeve playing Superman. The opening rescue scene was THE scene in the movie that stands out. The chick playin’ Lois Lane….. COMPLETE thumbs down. Barely any charisma on-screen between her and Superman and she, being a successful Pulitzer Prize winner and baby-daddy hater, effectively refuses to show true emotion to Superman in his presence, though you can sense it in her actions and see it in her other scenes with other characters. She and Routh should have studied Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve a bit closer.

Jimmy Olsen is about as happy to see Superman as a 40-somethingish man is to get a colonoscopy. He’s happier to see Clark Kent.

Perry White….has lost the warmth and caring his personality used to have and is now more of an automaton.

The rest…eh…. I think they lost me mid-way through somewhere.

There’s a lot of ‘interaction’ (talking) in this movie. But lots of ‘talking’ does NOT equal character development.

It doesn’t stink… but it doesn’t smell like roses either. I could’ve waited till it came out on DVD.

I need to do a review of X3, don’t I ? Although if you haven’t seen it by now, you must live in a monastery.

I even thought Fantastic Four (which I picked up on DVD) was a better movie than Superman. I’m glad they’re doing a sequel to that.

What Chronicles of Narnia Character are You ?

You scored as Peter Pevensie.

Peter Pevensie- 73%

Ginarrbrik (the dwarf loyal to the Witch) – 70%

Lucy Pevensie – 67%

Susan Pevensie – 63%

Mr. Beaver – 60%

Oreius (the head Centaur) – 60%

Aslan – 50%

Edmund Pevensie – 50%

Mrs. Beaver – 47%

Mr. Tumnus – 37%

The White Witch – 17%

Which Chronicles of Narnia character are you most like?
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If you haven’t seen The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe yet, you need to go and invest the money. Read the book, then go see the movie.

Even though I’ve already seen it, I just watched the 9 minute supertrailer of it again… and strangely enough, I was more impressed with it this time through than when I actually saw it! I think I’m going to go see it again.

The Lion ROARS, but….. and crazy Covenant Life People!

….. read the book.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was pretty good as a movie. I rank it easily with SW Episodes 3 and 6 as very well done. Of course, hollywood got to the movie in some places, so it does not strictly follow the book (which is what I was expecting). The book has a LOT of directly Christian symbols that the movie misses and the characters in the book weren’t as apprehensive about their present situation as in the movie.

A few scenes were ‘created’ for the movie that aren’t in the book – i.e. the wolves catching up to the kids at the waterfall as it begins to thaw (a very well done scene, I might add!).

If I don’t sound overly enthused about it, that’s because I went in expecting it to be a carbon-copy adaptation of the book. But as a story on its’ own and the acting, effects, etc…… it easily scores a 10 out of 10. Very well put together and the CGI was so well integrated, you wouldn’t have known it was there. There was no ‘dazzle you with effects’ movie going here – it was simply a GOOD movie, with a GOOD but sublte use of CGI (although there was a LOT of it) and it was believable.

No objectionable scenes for kids (parent still recommended – there are battle scenes) and it serves as a perfect springboard for parents to discuss the gospel with children, since all of the major themes of the gospel are covered by Lewis.

I again suggest that you read the book. There are a lot of things the movie MISSED that will be made clear in the reading of the book. It’s a short, quick read, really. I finished it in two days.

For those wondering about the title of this blog post, I happened (along with my pastor and a few more church members) to be in the same theater with you guys (The Regal in Rockville, MD). And there were at least 150 of you there….I think I even saw one of your pastors – Gary Riccuci- floating around about mid-way in the theatre. My pastor and a few of us talked to one of your members in the lobby about our C.S. Lewis bookclub discussion that meets every second Friday @ Borders’ on Rt. 355, he was like “Our singles’ group meets that day” – and I was like “Oh! You go to Covenant Life!”…. and then I looked around and saw the 18-25ish group and all of their hyperactivity, fellowship, etc…. and realized you all were there en masse. The ‘happy birthday’ to one of the guys in the theatre was the bigger tip-off, since the bulk of the theatre joined in.

Coming outside at the end of the movie into the newly-fallen snow was hilarious. I saw you guys snowball fighting, running around, and acting like complete lunatics.

Keep up the good work. :)

I was the black guy yelling “whoohoo! Teacher with a day off! No one else’s kids to deal with for three days!” and so forth. :)

Okay, that was a nice long hour and 10 minute drive home (hey, you can only go SO fast in the snow….), so I’m about to head to sleep. I took a gamble I’d be off from work today and it seems I was right.

The payoff is…..sleep.