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Re: Worst DVD Covers...ever! (Part 4)

#126 Post by bamwc2 » Sat May 31, 2014 8:52 pm

Sadly, I don't have cable. I would love to have HBO, but the wife made me promise to wait until I'm tenure track. I also had no idea that such a project existed.

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Re: Worst DVD Covers...ever! (Part 4)

#127 Post by swo17 » Sat May 31, 2014 9:28 pm

bamwc2 wrote:Sadly, I don't have cable. I would love to have HBO, but the wife made me promise to wait until I'm tenure track.
Then truly you are already one of those...left behind.
Nic Cage wrote:That's how they getcha.

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Re: Worst DVD Covers...ever! (Part 4)

#128 Post by Shrew » Sat May 31, 2014 10:29 pm

I actually picked up the even more ridiculous but not as hilarious poster for the third Kirk Cameron film long ago from a video store going out of business. Unfortunately, I lost it during some move in college.
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The books (particularly some short-lived YA series) had a brief flurry of popularity in my middle school/high school around the turn of the century (millenialism in action!). At one point, we watched the first movie along with The Omega Code in some Catholic Teen group and talked about Protestant vs. Catholic views of the end times. There was not much content to that discussion.

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Re: Worst DVD Covers...ever! (Part 4)

#129 Post by bamwc2 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:24 am

Just to return to Left Behind for a moment, cracked.com takes a look at the forthcoming shitstorm and paints a credible picture than is worse than I even realized. Of particular interest is the reference to one of the subsequent installments where The Prince of Peace engages in horrific acts of ethnic cleansing.

I don't care how much this makes. Whoever greenlit it should not have a job anymore.

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Re: Left Behind (Vic Armstrong, 2014)

#130 Post by bamwc2 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:55 am

The preface of my last comment might not make much sense unless you knew that it had been moved from a different topic & given its own thread. :oops:

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#131 Post by domino harvey » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:36 pm

God's Not Dead (Harold Cronk, 2014)

Not really sure where to put this, but I am having trouble understanding this promo's logic-- is the proof of God that we all woke up today?

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#132 Post by swo17 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:54 pm

Because God created the sun which wakes us up each morning? Only I'm already up by then, trying to think of better places to bury the bodies.

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#133 Post by Gregory » Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:01 pm

If God didn't forget to wake me up this morning, then why did I oversleep? Thanks a lot. GOD!

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#135 Post by Cold Bishop » Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:46 am

God always reserves the option to smother us in our sleep.

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#136 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:30 am

I'm just glad that He made us all a piping hot cup of coffee to start that morning off right.

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#137 Post by cdnchris » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:18 pm

The fact my son woke up at 5:30 this morning (meaning I wake up at 5:30) after going to sleep late the night before only proves to me that God certainly does not exist.


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#139 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:09 am

Wow, he opens the review by doing the "The dictionary defines ______ as" thing

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#140 Post by tenia » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:41 am

That's why I don't review movies anymore, but only give a grade, and then have the text focused on the A/V presentation.

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#141 Post by MichaelB » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:01 am

When I write a QC report I don't review the movie. And the likes of Beaver and Blu-ray.com are essentially in the QC reporting business.


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#143 Post by Gregory » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:46 pm

This part makes me wonder if I should hate-watch God's Not Dead:
Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is warned against enrolling in a philosophy class taught by a known atheist named Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Unwilling to change his schedule to enroll in a class with a less hostile professor, he takes his chances and, minutes after the first class begins, comes to understand the warning. Radisson insists every student write and sign a simple proclamation -- "God is dead" -- and skip over the teachings of physicists and philosophers who, through their studies, have deemed it so.
Good grief. Philosophy professors just don't do things like this. It would be contradictory to their training and the very essence of their field. This sounds like a kind of cinematic Chick tract.

Also, at least based on my experiences in philosophy classes, the religious students, when discussing justification for their belief, tended to subscribe to fideism (according to which faith is opposed to reason and logic), so they wouldn't be in a position of trying to provide logical proof of God's existence. Sounds like the screenwriters knew extremely little about their subject.

EDIT: Ha, I'd written "God Is Dead" instead of the correct title.
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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#144 Post by swo17 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:49 pm

Well, that's why the film only gets 4.5/5.

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#145 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:03 pm

I kind of want to see this as it sounds like those wonderful/awful movies that used to air on TBN at 3AM when I was in college that were all about the Rapture or briefly going to Hell. Maybe for the Religion Project. I guess not every recent Christian movie can be as relevant and fully-fleshed as Blue Like Jazz, but that's probably why it stood out so much

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#146 Post by matrixschmatrix » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:41 pm

Gregory wrote:This part makes me wonder if I should hate-watch God's Not Dead:
Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is warned against enrolling in a philosophy class taught by a known atheist named Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Unwilling to change his schedule to enroll in a class with a less hostile professor, he takes his chances and, minutes after the first class begins, comes to understand the warning. Radisson insists every student write and sign a simple proclamation -- "God is dead" -- and skip over the teachings of physicists and philosophers who, through their studies, have deemed it so.
Good grief. Philosophy professors just don't do things like this. It would be contradictory to their training and the very essence of their field. This sounds like a kind of cinematic Chick tract.

Also, at least based on my experiences in philosophy classes, the religious students, when discussing justification for their belief, tended to subscribe to fideism (according to which faith is opposed to reason and logic), so they wouldn't be in a position of trying to provide logical proof of God's existence. Sounds like the screenwriters knew extremely little about their subject.

EDIT: Ha, I'd written "God Is Dead" instead of the correct title.
It's almost literally based on an email forward- like, that's only one of several subplots in the movie, each of which is likewise some bizarro version of how the world works that would only make sense in green comic sans.

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#147 Post by Gregory » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:36 pm

Heh, yeah it's about as plausible as the old "socialist grading" e-mail chestnut.
A July 2009 version altered the second and third lines of the item to:
That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".
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The Chick tract that the plot reminded me of was Big Daddy?, which portrays the professor teaching evolution as, well, see for yourself:
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The polite student easily tears his arguments to pieces using the familiar arsenal of creationist nonsense and obfuscation. Great reading. Love the picture of an ape with the inscription "Our Father."

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#148 Post by bamwc2 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:24 am

As an atheist professor of philosophy I hope to someday be as cool as this Professor Radisson character. In all seriousness though, I can assure you that my colleagues and I had quite a few chuckles about this one when it came out.

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Re: 'Rediculous' Customer & Critic Reviews

#149 Post by Drucker » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:56 am

Thank god the clear cut, white student is there to show us the light.

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Re: God's Not Dead (Harold Cronk, 2014)

#150 Post by domino harvey » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:39 pm

"Pull the lever, Cronk"

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