Monthly Archives: March 2008

Lent: Part 28

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) – So, let me see if I can understand the premise. The Van Allen Belt, a ring of unknown gas around the Earth, catches fire, and the only way to fix it is to take a submarine to the Mariana Trench and fire a missile up in order to overload the Van Allen Belt and explode it outward. I got that right, right?

I’m gonna save you all some trouble. Joan Fontaine gets a fatal dose of radiation, is revealed as the saboteur, and is eaten by a shark all in a thirty-second span.

Lent: Part 23

Jesus Camp (2006) – It’s been a while since I’ve seen a documentary where the filmmakers don’t insert themselves. It made it extra creepy for me. What’s worse, hardcore Christians would see the very same film and take it as support for their side.

Also, hello to those in this movie from Lee’s Summit, Missouri whom I may have known when I lived a few miles north of you and your creepy, creepy church. I was attending the church that owned the enormous stadium and the pointed nautilus building, and you’re the ones who give me the heebie-jeebies.

Lent: Part 21

I’m Not There (2007) – Watching this movie is a lot like listening to Bob Dylan’s music. It’s largely incomprehensible, but you’re sure it’s saying something. It’s beautiful to behold, and you’re sure that if you paid close enough attention and enough times, you might understand what it’s saying. But like the music of Bob Dylan, once just isn’t enough to really understand this garbled gibberish.