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June 13, 2008

Movie Night

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As I reported a long while back, we hosted movie nights for seminarian friends from our church on alternate Sunday nights over the last 12 months. These are the movies we watched in no particular order:

Last of the Mohicans
3:10 to Yuma
Batman Returns
World’s Fastest Indian
Ground Hog Day
North By Northwest
Witness for the Prosecution
Quiet Man
Hot Rock
Billy Budd
The Rundown
Martin Luther
The Drunken Master
Harry Potter 1-4
Brother Wherefore Art Thou There Will Be Blood
Two Steven Spielberg Stories – The Mummy and The Train

Here’s my top five from the above list (in order)

  1. Billy Budd
  2. Witness for the Prosecution
  3. Brother Wherefore Art Thou
  4. World’s Fastest Indian
  5. Groundhog Day

Honorable mention: Tombstone, There Will Be Blood

Disappointments were the Harry Potter series, Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator

These are Deborah’s top five:

  1. Quiet Man
  2. Witness for the Prosecution
  3. Hot Rock
  4. Stardust
  5. Groundhog Day

Honorable mention: Brother Wherefore Art Thou

Disappointing was: Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

How could I not like the great bluegrass music in “Brother” and featured song “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” sorta resonates, ya know.

One thing to note is that of all these movies, only one appears on the so-called top 100 movies of all time. So it’s not like we are going to run out of material any time soon.

We are resuming movie nights again, but one thing that happened along the way was three pregnancies. So with all the little ones, it gets harder and harder for all to want to drag the babies out for a late night of fun and food.

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  1. Thumbs down for Gladiator? Sorry, I think this was my recommendation 😦

    Comment by Standing Solus Christus — June 14, 2008 @ 7:36 am

  2. It’s true you recommended Gladiator, but you weren’t the only one. As I recall, the movie didn’t really say much. It was action for its own sake.

    Comment by Bruce S. — June 14, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  3. The background music was pretty good I thought…especially the opening battle.

    Comment by Standing Solus Christus — June 14, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  4. The soundtrack to O Brother is good — you should pick it up. It’s part of our minivan rotation. And it’s just “Where”, not “Wherefore”.

    I see Drunken Master made it to neither top nor disappointment lists — thus I recommend for your next season Shanghai Soccer (best Kung Fu comedy ever?), and one of the new wi-fi (wire-flying) kung fu movies (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the groundbreaker, House of Flying Daggers had marvelous imagery).

    T & I didn’t get 3:10. The ending just seemed un-credible based on the rest of the movie.

    Props to Tombstone, which was awesome (I’ll be yoah hucklebarra), and There Will Be Blood (I drink your milkshake!)

    Comment by RubeRad — June 17, 2008 @ 5:47 am

  5. I should know better than to mess up the name of the Brother movie. I went in to Blockbuster and asked for Brother Wherefore Art Thou and the guy looking it up on his computer said he had no such movie. So, I gave it up. About 3 months later I was in there and found it on the shelf myself.

    Comment by Bruce S. — June 17, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  6. That guy should turn in his Blockbuster ID badge, if he can’t recognize the movie you were obviously talking about and find it for you…

    Comment by RubeRad — June 17, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  7. That guy should turn in his Blockbuster ID badge, if he can’t recognize the movie you were obviously talking about and find it for you…

    My point exactly.

    Comment by Bruce S. — June 17, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  8. Gladiator didn’t make a statement?! Talk about having ears unable to hear!

    First, an overview. Here’s a General, the Emperor’s chosen man, who is circumvented by the evil of a son who murders his own father. The General too was supposed to have been killed, but escaped, and was sold into slavery. It doesn’t look good for our righteous servant, does it?

    But then by his might, by his determination, he arises to challenge the murderous usurping emperor, eventually killing him and dying in the process.

    Doesn’t make a statement? Good versus evil, piety versus greed, the downtrodden versus the oppressor.

    How MANY statements do you want?

    And then there’s the love interest. The oppressed General-turned-slave has his family killed, ripped from him, his farm destroyed, burnt to the ground. In the depths of his pain, he runs into a woman he loved in his youth, the daughter of the then Emperor, who, as it turns out, loves him still, but has learned to shut those feelings out. And he, still in utter misery over the loss of his wife and son can’t possibly think about loving again. And yet, he is drawn to her, and her to him.

    But unlike most movies today, he doesn’t hop in the sack with her, and so conquer her for the glory of Rome; no, rather, he does what men used to do once upon a time – he saves her from her oppressive and possibly soon to be incestuous brother, who hints that he might soon rape her, even as he is raping Rome, and saves Rome itself in the process, teaching the people to once again be a Republic, because Emperors would be their downfall. Emperors, he teaches them, are seducers and ultimately rapists, who demand that you confess that they are merciful, saying, “AM I NOT MERCIFUL?” He demanded not only his sister’s happiness, her son and her life, but he demanded a confession of his mercy for sparing her life.

    If that’s not enough, I believe that the favoring of the Republic over the Empire is a way of making an anti-Christian statement by way of allegory. Just as many rulers in the state are better than one, so too many gods are better than One, because in the end, the gods represent balance, while the One God represents tyranny, making you his slave, but demanding that you acknowledge him to be merciful for it.

    And I think this is supported by the main character’s consistent use throughout the movie of statues and ancestor worship. It’s clearly pagan propaganda to some extent at least. But anyway, then he gives his own life to save Rome. You can interpret this as either a Christian message or a pagan message. Self sacrifice for the common good can be used by pagans for their own ends too.

    And I’ve only just begun to interpret the movie.

    Perhaps you should watch it again.

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — June 17, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  9. I’ll sit next to you next time. Maybe I’ll catch on.

    Comment by Bruce S. — June 17, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  10. If there’s one movie on that list that is action for its own sake, that movie is The Rundown.

    Comment by Hearing Echoes — June 30, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  11. Did you know that Kevin VanHoozer (s?) has a chapter on “Gladiator” in his book, Everyday Theology??

    Comment by Barbara — July 5, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  12. My favorite line from Tombstone: “Are you gonna throw down or just stand there and bleed?”

    Saw “Hancock” with the wife this week. The first half was hilarious, but the last half was terrible.

    Comment by Albino Hayford — July 5, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  13. I haven’t stopped by in a while but I am so pleased to see that one of my recommendations made your top 5 list (“World’s Fastest Indian”). I’m also quite pleased that you disliked “Gladiator” and the Harry Potter stuff and that you liked “there will be blood” (a film I would have recommended except I hadn’t seen it when you first asked for suggestions).

    Oh Brother Where Art Thou is a great movie and one of the few where the DVD bonus features about how they made the movie are actually interesting enough to watch.

    Comment by danielbalc — August 6, 2008 @ 7:44 am

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