On Friday Brent and I went to Elgin Street Video to rent some stuff. Let me know if you've seen any of these and what you thought.
You will find the titles and my thoughts on them below:Jesus Camp
I had read a lot about this before actually seeing it. I honestly expected more from it. I found it really only grazed the surface of the subject matter and was surprised that it was over when the credits started to roll. What was there was good and was a good way to open dialog on a multitude of topics involving children and religion.
What I like best about this is that it let people speak for themselves. It doesn't say "this group of christians is nuts" it lets them explain their point of view and let you decide for yourself what you think about it. However, the editing may affect your perception.The Devil's Backbone
This movie is in Spanish and has subtitles. It's supposed to be a scary movie. Unlike Hollywood horror flicks, this has a realistic and complex story that thakes precedence over gore, special effects and surprise moments.
I really didn't find it scary at all, but I really REALLY liked this movie. Notably, it has some of the most believable child-acting I've ever seen. Dakota Fanning is not even close on this one [although I don't find her believable in most cases as she just plays a mini adult]
This movie assumes you now of Spain's history, which I don't really but the synopsis in the above link cleared that all up for me.
Things that this movie has that makes me cherish it:
- excellent acting - mostly by the children
- a women with a missing leg with a semi-leading role shown as a totally functioning person (Hollywood would either a- not show it b- make her dependant on others or c- make a caricature of it)
- interesting special effects, it's visually unlike anything I've seen before but it seems like this style should be more popular
I fell asleep for the middle part. I guess that sums that up.Big Love
I have heard absolute raves about this show. I rented the first disk that only has the first 2 episodes of Season One because I wanted to see what it was all about and decide if I should buy the first season. I'm still not sure.
I find it difficult to watch because I keep putting myself in the shoes of the wives and I think that being in that situation would be so very painful. I can not comprehend being happy in that kind of arrangement. At the same time, that's exactly what intrigues me about the show.
As I haven't lived it, I can't be sure, but it seems to be very honest. The impressions so far are as follows:
- I'm trying to wrap my head around what message is sent when the wives essentially each get 1/3 of a husband, and should be satisfied by that, while the husband needs three women to satisfy him [I'm not talking solely of sexual satisfaction]
- The relationship between the three women, while strained, seems to be deeper than their individual relationships with the husband
- So far, it seems like the older kids are suffering from it
- Maybe it gets out later but I do not understand how the first wife ever came to agreeing to this. But maybe she was ok with it from the start. I just don't know. I'd love to see something on a couple deciding to become polygamists, as it stands with this show, I just don't understand how they got there.
- Maybe TMI but here it goes; I won't kiss Brent after 'certain things' have happened, I could definitely not imagine kissing him after those things took place with another woman!
And on a completely different note, bands to download to see if I like 'em:
- Preston School of Industry
- Cat Power
- Mission of Burma
- The Ponys
- Times New Viking [best name EVER]