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Pretty Good, but Reactionary Film
If you are an evangelical Christian, and you don't expect professional cinematography from a Christian movie, you may like this one.
This film chronicles the life of circuit-rider Robert Sheffey, who travelled in West Virginia, Virginia, etc. preaching the gospel.
It takes you back to the "good" old days, wishing that you were alive then, and thinking that Christianity has gone straight to hell now.
It's neat to watch, and an interesting story. Evangelicals will like it; progressives will not.
A few problems I do have with the movie: 1. Since he couldn't get licensed to preach the gospel due to lack of training, why didn't he go to school or study theology on his own? Isn't this just an example of "zeal without knowledge"?
2. Is alcohol really sinful in and of itself? Does the Bible say so?
3. Why does the fading away of the camp meeting necessarily a bad thing? Camp meetings were popular in the day when there were no radio/TV broadcasts of preachers, and many rural folks only heard a sermon once a month or so. As automobiles became affordable and radio took off, the _necessity_ of the camp meeting subsided. Just because less and less people come to it does not mean that the whole of Christendom is sliding into liberalism.
4. Why did they not identify him as a Methodist? He was.
Anyhow, there are some anacrhonisms and hokey things if you're a history buff, but overall a fun family film. Just don't walk away convinced that the Church is not still a bastian of truth.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
My wife and I were all psyched, couldn't wait to see the "Best Musical of All Time."
The story was lame; the songs were very good; the dancing numbers were a bit redundant. No plot. Give me a break. I'll stick to Fiddler and Sound of Music as the top two any day.
One fun western!
One comment that continues to echo through all the comments is "fun."
I couldn't agree more! I love this movie, and would recommend watching it 2 or 3 times before passing judgment. There are too many people to figure out the first time through.
Granted, not very realistic. If you want realism, see McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" (a 9 out of 10).
I give this an 8 out of 10. Happy Trails!
The Jerk (1979)
The first half, absolutely hilarious. The 2nd half . . . a real sleeper. Not that it doesn't have its moments, however. Parents: some strong language, and the dominatrix bits would warrant at least fast-forwarding through some of it.
Still a pretty funny movie; Blazing Saddles was better.
Meet the Parents (2000)
This movie would be an unbearable tragedy if it were a true story; but since it's not, it's hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny. Many of the physical gags are along the line of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
The ending is a little unbelievable, but still one of the funniest movies I've seen in quite a while.