Category Archives: Movies
It’s hard to believe Little Nicky came out 13 years ago. I loved the movie then – I was kind of fourteen, but I loved it. I have that kind of sense of humor… I like immature jokes and hilarious costumes.
Adam Sandler plays the good son of Satan. Read the rest of this entry
DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.
Lately, Biblical FanFiction has just been jumping out at me left, right, and center. This weekend, I watched Oz: The Great and Powerful, and was surprised not only by the color and charisma of the movie, but by a fun Biblical Fan Fiction reference that inspired this blog post.
So, because I’m a raving-crazy Joe Manganiello fan, I purchased HBO for my satellite system when the new season of True Blood started. *grin*
As a result, I have MOVIE CHANNELS!!!! *choir sings*
The Book of Eli came on last night after True Blood. I’m so glad I stayed up to watch the whole thing.
WOW. Okay, before I go any further, I want to say a few things. This movie will ONLY appeal to you if you like filthy adult humor, Biblical FanFiction/Apocalyptic tales, and celebrities making fun of themselves nonstop for an hour and forty-seven minutes. Since that’s EXACTLY my type of movie, I saw This Is The End last night and LOVED it!
So, the brief plot stuff. In a nutshell, Seth Rogen and his buddies from all his movies get together for a party at James Franco’s house (they’re really playing themselves! And dropping hilarious other-movie references throughout!) when the world ends. Rhianna falls into a sinkhole, Michael Cera gets impaled by a signpost, and as the food/water supply inside Franco’s house dwindles away, the party slows down. Eventually, all hell breaks loose.
Seriously, the horned demons start coming out and killing people. Emma Watson shows up with an ax and completely misinterprets what she overhears, freaks out, and steals some of their supplies. So the guys – with tensions mounting – have to venture outside to try and secure supplies.
On top of the demons chasing them, and an all-grown-up little wizardess taking off with their water, Danny McBride wastes a bunch of supplies, Jonah Hill gets possessed by a demon, and the bromantic disagreements put relationships to the test, and challenge the bravery of everyone in the house.
Ultimately, it’s a story of redemption. Be a good person and you’ll go to heaven. Be a douchebag, and you’ll burn in the rapture with all the demons and cannibals. And they all learn to recognize their inner douchebaggery and be better people! Except for a couple of them.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this movie. It wasn’t my first choice to see, but it was the only available movie time we could make. I honestly wanted to see the new Star Trek movie instead, but man am I glad we saw This Is The End! I was rolling with laughter throughout (again, that immature, gross-out humor, ya know), and I admired the way Biblical FanFiction was laced into such an unexpected story. I love the humorous twist on Biblical FanFiction, and I admire the creators of the movie for pushing the envelope that far. I have no doubt that this movie will offend many people. But since the actors spend 80% of the movie making fun of themselves, too, can you really get mad at them? It’s a movie about not taking yourself too seriously, and corruption in Hollywood, and putting friendship and good deeds above all else.
At least, that’s what it’s about in the end. In the beginning of This Is The End, it kinda seems like it’s just about movies and drugs.
But I loved it. It was even more believable – the scary scenes, I mean – because the actors were playing themselves. More realistic. The action was quite intense. Almost like… “Noo!!! You can’t kill Seth Rogen, you bad monster! Noooo!!”
If you’re not easily offended by body fluid jokes and satirical takes on rapture stories, this movie is for you!
Are biblical allusions lost today?
There are several biblical allusions in contemporary literary and cinematic works; they are discussed in this blog every week. But with the decline of biblical literacy, are those themes even recognized any more by the reader or moviegoer?
Early 19th Century literary works, poetry, speeches, and songs often alluded to themes from the Bible. Having said that, the target audience of that period also attended Church more frequently and studied the Bible (and it was just the King James Bible) more often than today. Therefore, one can infer that biblical allusions resonated with the 19th century audience due to their shared experiences from church and Bible study.
According to several polling sources, today’s interest in faith is on the rise, but biblical knowledge has either stagnated or is on the decline:
While 92% of America owns a Bible and 25,000,000 copies are sold a year in the US
59% read the Bible
80% believe the Bible is too hard to understand
Examples of people not being able to name the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, believing Joan of Arc was married to Noah, thinking that Sodom and Gomorrah were married, only knowing 5 of the 10 commandments, and either not knowing or getting Biblical stories wrong are strewn throughout the surveys.
So the question becomes, should writers still allude to biblical themes in their works? Do those allusions still connect or resonate with the reader? Do other religions or more humanist themes draw a more common thread with today’s audience? As always I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
***Movie Spoiler Alert!*** If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want it to be spoiled, go watch it and come back. You won’t regret it. Awesome, awesome stuff.
People named Joe seem to be a powerful bunch of people. For once, I’m not talking about Joe Manganiello, though I really could talk about him alllll day long. This time, I’m talking about the Joes in Looper, a movie I watched about self-sacrifice.
Now, I’m disappointed I missed the beginning of the film, because from what I’ve read, it’s brutal and creepy and freaking awesome. My best friend told me about the film a while ago, too. One of the Joes is Bruce Willis, and he goes by Old Joe. The other Joe is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so let’s have three cheers for hot Joes. Read the rest of this entry
Rocky, Rudy, Frodo Baggins, Lennie Small, Lisbeth Salander, Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, and many more…they are the underdogs. We always root for the underdog. The chips are stacked against them and the world mocks them, but we the reader know their struggle. Plot lines in underdog stories usually involve an understanding of the underdog’s shortcomings, initial defeat, growth and gain, followed by a second defeat, contemplation of surrender, and eventual victory. We associate our own shortcomings with that of the hero or heroine and reaffirm our conviction to never give up. Read the rest of this entry
Constantine is the story of John Constantine, played by the oh-so-YUMMM-o Keanu Reeves. He’s damned to Hell for committing suicide, although he was dead for such a brief period of time that he was revived and is granted powers that he uses as a guardian in an attempt to atone for his sin. But he ends up with cancer from chain-smoking (don’t wreck your pretty teeth, Keanu!), and fighting against time to send demons back to Hell. Read the rest of this entry