Religulous

Here comes the controversy.

My second post on this blog was about a movie.  Not everyone agreed with me, which is fine.  Someone’s about to stir the pot some more.  Bill Maher has a movie releasing soon, Religulous, in which he documents what he sees as the foolishness and ultimately the danger inherit in religion.

I can see the storm brewing.

Honestly, I haven’t seen too much backlash yet, but I think the movie has flown under the radar of many thus far since it’s a documentary and not a blockbuster release.  But let’s take a moment before anything else and agree to approach this with some grace?  Can we avoid petitions trying to stop the movie, and email campaigns sent to the movie studios?  Could be possibly boycott . . . nobody?

Lashing out in anger and protesting the movie will just make the movie’s point in many ways for it, and will change zero minds of those who may agree with it’s precepts.

Do I agree with the conclusions this movie makes?*No, I do not.   Do I think the approach is unfair?  Probably.*  Is Bill Maher justified in his conclusions?  Um, more on that later.

For adults, I would approach this movie with a personal challenge if anything.  How strong are you in your faith?  Can it take a beating?  Can it coexist with questions?

More thoughts on this topic to come.

*No, I have not seen this movie yet.  Yes, I will see it at some point in the future.

Something Found Me

So last night, we saw the movie Cloverfield.  What can I say?  That was one of the most intense movies I have seen in a long time.   I was telling someone yesterday that about 15 minutes in, the movie grabs you by the throat and doesn’t really let go until the end.  It was an experience, for sure.

In case you don’t know, Cloverfield is a movie about a group of friends videoing the night before one of them leaves the country.  In the middle of this, New York is attacked by . . . something.  The entire movie is in first person from the video camera’s point of view.  Think Blair Witch Project on a much larger scale, and much less annoying.

Just wow though.  You have got to find time to see this movie in the theaters.  As more images come out from the movie, don’t spoil it for yourself.  The slow, careful reveal of the creature in the movie is one of the best things about it.  Kudos to J.J Abrams and Co on putting together a sweet monster movie.  I’m already a huge fan of LOST, so this just puts me more on board with Bad Robot.  It actually makes me interesting in seeing the new Star Trek movie this December, also produced by Bad Robot.

See This Movie.