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Star Wars Retold

Caught this video link on Twitter today. Very funny, this is about what I think of the plot of Star Wars too. She actually knows more about it than I do.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn’t seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Recently I saw a screening of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” which is set to come out in November. It’s one of those movies you are “glad you saw” though you would struggle to say you enjoyed it. While not quite as captivating as Hotel Rwanda, it’s along those same lines of enjoyment. You’re glad you saw it though calling it entertaining seems wrong.

Though a Holocaust movie, the story really isn’t about the people in the camps quite like Schindler’s List. Instead, the movie is from the perspective of an 8 year old boy whose father is the commandant of Auschwitz. If you like to use movies to connect with your youth group students, this is definitely a film which would generate some discussion afterwards. It would seem a powerful discussion topic after the movie would be about our perspective on life and how sometimes we only see what others want us to see and not the truth. In this case, young Bruno was largely shielded from the realities of the genocide that happened just past the wall of back garden.

Here’s a great description of the movie.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime. Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.


Favorite things: Internet Archive

I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite things. Some will be on the internet, some will be places to eat and stuff like that, and some of it will be my favorite causes.

Let’s start here. Internet Archive

Yes ladies and gentlemen, you can download full length movies for free. This is especially helpful for my “over 32 years old” audience who loves old movies. How it works is that once a movie goes into the public domain, Internet Archive converts it to a digital format. It’s cool for more than just movie buffs too. There is all sorts of awesome stuff available. Totally legal. Totally legit.

At the very least, check out these 4 episodes of The Three Stooges.


My 10 Favorite Films

I got tagged on this one by Chris. I love movies and have eclectic taste so this ought to be a  good time. In no particular order here are my favorite 10 movies.

  1. The Godfather, part I – Shear brilliance. A real family film if you know what I mean. I’ve seen it about 15 times and catch something fantastic each time.
  2. The Godfather, part III – A lot of people don’t like this movie but I find it fantastic. It ties the first and third together masterfully.
  3. Hoosiers – Gene Hackman is an inspiration in this movie. This true story shapes a lot of who I am as an Indiana boy.
  4. Rudy – The best Notre Dame movie out there. It was filmed at a time when ND was on top. And the fact that a lot of the extras are people I went to high school with always helps.
  5. Tin Cup – “This is a defining moment. And the thing about defining moments is that you either define the moment or the moment defines you.” Maybe one of the best lines in a movie, ever.
  6. 50 First Dates – Adam Sandler finds the perfect balance of male and female romantic comedy. I laughed, I cried… and generally at thinks that would make you blush.
  7. Little Miss Sunshine – Two words: Super freak. It’s a tragedy that this movie didn’t win best picture in 2006… I’m still not over it.
  8. Juno – The scenes with Juno and her parents are amazing. When Juno and her dad talk about finding love… that is the kind of parent I want to be. (Less the pregnant daughter of course!)
  9. 12 Angry Men – The original of course. This is group dynamics 101. Anyone in ministry needs to watch it 20 times.
  10. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – This is not the most complete movie in the world. But it has some sound bytes that I catch myself quoting all the time. I prefer the baby Jesus personally.

The rules of the “game” are simple:
1. list your top ten favorite films (in no particular order).
2. if you’re tagged, you’ve got to post and tag 3-5 other people.
3. give a tag back (some link love) to the one who tagged you in your post
4. give a hat tip (HT) to Dan

I’m tagging…

Kristen (queen of the indie film)

Adam (because he’s moving and needs a mental break)

Ryan (because he needs a reminder to blog)

Autumn (cos she watches more movies than anyone I know)

Dennis (because “i’m teaching in Cuba this summer” is no excuse!)


Young at Heart: I Wanna Be Sedated

young at heartLike a lot of people, I want to be a cool old. This morning I ran across Young at Heart. All of the members of this choir are 70+. They sing all sorts of music you wouldn’t expect to hear from people born in the 1910s and 1920s.

Young at Heart looks like the age-opposite of School of Rock. And if its half as good it’ll be worth seeing.

Here they are performing a song from the Ramones: I Want to be Sedated


Remembering Ben Hur, Charlton Heston


I just learned that Charlton Heston died. With so many famous people out there its hard to have one or two that stick out as representing Hollywood. In my opinion, Heston represented “big actor.” Link

One of the first major movies I fell in love with was Ben Hur. Bear in mind I am a child of the 80s. I had seen Star Wars and E.T. and Raiders of the Lord Ark… but when I saw Ben Hur on ABC as a kid, it captivated me… and mostly because of the lead character played by Charlton Heston.

Many people will remember him for his later political activity. I am chosing to remember him as the great actor.

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PZ Myers vs. Ben Stein

Patti just told me of “an interruption” during a media conference call with Ben Stein about his upcoming movie, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Apparently, PZ Myers was not invited to the “invite only” call but gained access to the access code through someone else. Patti will be writing about it more soon, but here is her note. I know she is trying to follow up with both Stein’s people and Myers to get the full story. 


2 Quick Movie Reviews

A couple months back Kristen won a subscription to NetFlix. Since then, we’ve been catching up on our movies. Here are two quick reviews of movies we’ve watched in the last 48 hours.

Man of the YearMan of the Year. Any movie with Robin Williams is going to be funny. Robins plays Tom Dobbs, a late night talk show comedian who runs for president and wins. At least, he thinks he wins until he learns that there is a conspiracy. What shocked us was that this wasn’t a comedy! It’s fairly dramatic as Dobbs and his handlers discuss many serious issues infected our political system. This is a great election year movie and I’d highly recommend it. 

No Country for Old MenNo Country for Old Men. This was a very pretty film. There is a reason it won Best Picture at the Oscars. It has a great cast. I like Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson and the rest of the cast which you’ve never heard of. But this wasn’t the best movie of 2007. I don’t know how it won. It was very dark and labeled a thriller. I don’t think it was that thrilling. And I think that there was zero character development as the real star, the bad guy, was just as bad at the end as he was at the beginning. The hero is killed, the lead actor doesn’t do anything lead worthy, and all of the characters are exactly the same as when the movie started. It’s not worth seeing and wasn’t worth the hype. A good movie, worthy of a rental if you simply have to see the Best Picture of 2007. (Fans of Juno will know they were robbed!)


Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Images

Prince Caspian Ben BarnesI know a lot of people are excited about the May 16th release of Prince Caspian. As the pre-release buzz begins Grace Media, the PR firm that is trying to get church leaders excited about Prince Caspian. They recently hooked me up with this link to some early images. There is some good stuff there. Rather than reposting all of their images, just follow the link and check it out for yourself.
They’ve even bundled them all into a nice zip file for your convenience. Enjoy.

Below is the cast information and movie synopsis.