God’s Not Dead (2013) – I don’t know, I’m drunk, but it seems that maybe if Superman and Hurcules hugged it out, maybe God and Xena would smile upon this college. Or something. Drunk.
And so ends Lent 2015. For those who have forgotten to count, this was my 400th Lenten movie, ten years of twisting sacred traditions for my own amusement.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – There is oh so much to be said about imperialism and self-determination and Alec Guiness in rather shoddy brownface. I am not sure I’m qualified to give those subjects the intelligent, serious discussion they are due.
I will content myself instead with the observation that Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif are very pretty men, and if a cutting room floor somewhere has footage of them maybe just kissing a little, I’d like to find that room.
Weekend (2011) – I do not miss dating. Sure, it’s got its fun times, but it is, generally speaking, completely bonkers. I have dated versions of both of these characters: the neurotic closet case and the nearly unhinged artistic type, and the only thing I miss about those days is that I was in better shape. The fact that these two find something in each other makes me wonder if those guys I once knew eventually got together and made an unreasonably cute couple.
Weekend is a very sweet story, but feels a lot more honest and realistic than most I’ve ever seen. It’s hard for me to tell whether it’s because the story is so well told or because, unlike most love stories, it talks directly to the gay experience. There’s a scene where they talk about the coming out experience as a gay rite of passage, and that makes a lot of sense to me; so many dates from my dating years involved the conversation about how each of us came out to our families.
Cavalcade (1933) – It’s cute to see 1933 tell us what a handful this twentieth century has been. You’re cute, 1933, bless your heart. Surely things couldn’t get worse than the first third of the century.