Saturday, March 17, 2012

Movies (and books) for Holy Week plus a side of nonsense

If you subscribe to this blog by email, you may have in recent days, received emails for posts that do not exist on the interweb.  That is because I often work on my posts for days, or weeks, or sometimes forget about a draft that I saved for months, and then I go back and see if it's worth saving or publishing.

I do this on the Chef's old laptop, the one with the piece of professional looking black electrical tape holding the locking button on, the same one that is missing a corner of protective gray plastic and has some exposed Tron looking innards, the very one with a touch mouse pad that Baby J likes to swat.

Sometimes, when she swats that touch pad, she can simultaneously scroll down to the "Publish Post" button and click on that button at the same time.  It's one of her many gifts.

Sometimes, I am completely unaware that this has happened, until I get a new email about my latest published post.  Ooops.

Doh!

One of the recent posts that got prematurely sent and then deleted, is this post about Movies for Holy Week.

For a couple of Christmases, the Chef's grandmother would give us old movies on dvd, like The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and I swear we used to own Ben Hur (1959), too.  But last year, I couldn't find it anywhere.  So we resorted to watching The Ten Commandments which might be second only to Gone with the Wind for longest movie ever.  I fast-forward lots of the dance numbers. 

So, I went to Wal Mart and bought Ben Hur (1959).  Wal Mart always has a nice selection of Christian dvds around Easter.  I bought The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition), because I love it, though I do have to fast-forward the scourging.  Either that, or I have to close my eyes, or leave the room.  And I bought The Robe, starring Richard Burton, which is also a  great novel for Lent.  (I also like to read Louis de Wohl's The Spear or Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ.)  But I could not find Jesus of Nazareth there, so I had to order that one on Amazon.

I've never seen Jesus of Nazareth, but many times I've heard scenes from it described in homilies or conversations.  For instance, when watching Disney's animated Robin Hood, someone points out that the voice of Prince John is Peter Ustinov, "you know, Herod, from Jesus of Nazareth?"  No, I didn't know that.


 As I was fact checking this post, I discovered the Peter Ustinov also played a truck driver in The Great Muppet Caper.  You probably knew, that, because you remember him from Jesus of Nazareth.

Here is Ustinov with Professor Honeydew, on an episode of The Muppet Show. Truly, he was a renaissance man.  

Now, Edmund keeps looking at my newly purchased pile of dvds, and he has realized thatThe Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition)is rated R, so naturally, that's the one he's been bugging me to watch.  I've been putting him off with episodes of Survivorman and Avatar: The Last Airbender, which apparently is a cult classic and extremely popular among Susan's ninth grade classmates.


I've let the oldest two watch my own edited version of The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition), the one where I fast-forward the scourging.  And I definitely think Lucy is ready for it.  But Edmund, I don't know.  As the Chef pointed out, the subtitles alone will present a huge stumbling block.  I think we'll stick with Jesus of Nazareth for now.  Or Ben Hur (1959).  I'm certain Edmund will want to watch Ben Hur (1959), when I tell him that an actor died while filming the chariot race.  You actually see this tragedy in the final cut of the movie.  Just checked Snopes on that one.  Another myth blown.  Though apparently, there were deaths of men and horses during the filming of the 1926 silent film of Ben Hur.


There is the possibility that snopes.com is run by a conspiracy....I really need to get my Circadian clock fixed, and stop blogging in the fives of the a.m. on a Saturday.  Seriously, a week ago, this would have been the fours!  I am too kind to wake up the Chef to have him proof my post for idiocy and nonsense, so I will just let Baby J swat the mouse pad now.

Updated (4/11/2014):  Definitely adding The Prince of Egypt to our Holy Week Cinematic Celebration.  At this time, it's streaming on Netflix.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Movies (and books) for Holy Week plus a side of nonsense

If you subscribe to this blog by email, you may have in recent days, received emails for posts that do not exist on the interweb.  That is because I often work on my posts for days, or weeks, or sometimes forget about a draft that I saved for months, and then I go back and see if it's worth saving or publishing.

I do this on the Chef's old laptop, the one with the piece of professional looking black electrical tape holding the locking button on, the same one that is missing a corner of protective gray plastic and has some exposed Tron looking innards, the very one with a touch mouse pad that Baby J likes to swat.

Sometimes, when she swats that touch pad, she can simultaneously scroll down to the "Publish Post" button and click on that button at the same time.  It's one of her many gifts.

Sometimes, I am completely unaware that this has happened, until I get a new email about my latest published post.  Ooops.

Doh!

One of the recent posts that got prematurely sent and then deleted, is this post about Movies for Holy Week.

For a couple of Christmases, the Chef's grandmother would give us old movies on dvd, like The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and I swear we used to own Ben Hur (1959), too.  But last year, I couldn't find it anywhere.  So we resorted to watching The Ten Commandments which might be second only to Gone with the Wind for longest movie ever.  I fast-forward lots of the dance numbers. 

So, I went to Wal Mart and bought Ben Hur (1959).  Wal Mart always has a nice selection of Christian dvds around Easter.  I bought The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition), because I love it, though I do have to fast-forward the scourging.  Either that, or I have to close my eyes, or leave the room.  And I bought The Robe, starring Richard Burton, which is also a  great novel for Lent.  (I also like to read Louis de Wohl's The Spear or Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ.)  But I could not find Jesus of Nazareth there, so I had to order that one on Amazon.

I've never seen Jesus of Nazareth, but many times I've heard scenes from it described in homilies or conversations.  For instance, when watching Disney's animated Robin Hood, someone points out that the voice of Prince John is Peter Ustinov, "you know, Herod, from Jesus of Nazareth?"  No, I didn't know that.


 As I was fact checking this post, I discovered the Peter Ustinov also played a truck driver in The Great Muppet Caper.  You probably knew, that, because you remember him from Jesus of Nazareth.

Here is Ustinov with Professor Honeydew, on an episode of The Muppet Show. Truly, he was a renaissance man.  

Now, Edmund keeps looking at my newly purchased pile of dvds, and he has realized thatThe Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition)is rated R, so naturally, that's the one he's been bugging me to watch.  I've been putting him off with episodes of Survivorman and Avatar: The Last Airbender, which apparently is a cult classic and extremely popular among Susan's ninth grade classmates.


I've let the oldest two watch my own edited version of The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition), the one where I fast-forward the scourging.  And I definitely think Lucy is ready for it.  But Edmund, I don't know.  As the Chef pointed out, the subtitles alone will present a huge stumbling block.  I think we'll stick with Jesus of Nazareth for now.  Or Ben Hur (1959).  I'm certain Edmund will want to watch Ben Hur (1959), when I tell him that an actor died while filming the chariot race.  You actually see this tragedy in the final cut of the movie.  Just checked Snopes on that one.  Another myth blown.  Though apparently, there were deaths of men and horses during the filming of the 1926 silent film of Ben Hur.


There is the possibility that snopes.com is run by a conspiracy....I really need to get my Circadian clock fixed, and stop blogging in the fives of the a.m. on a Saturday.  Seriously, a week ago, this would have been the fours!  I am too kind to wake up the Chef to have him proof my post for idiocy and nonsense, so I will just let Baby J swat the mouse pad now.

Updated (4/11/2014):  Definitely adding The Prince of Egypt to our Holy Week Cinematic Celebration.  At this time, it's streaming on Netflix.

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