[Today, we're honored to have a guest contributor review "The Counselor", the Ridley Scott-directed, Cormac McCarthy-penned film with the all-star cast and less-than-stellar reviews. Don't miss what R. Rooney Roux, CSA has to say about this movie dividing so many critics and viewers alike.]
Knowing how difficult it may be to pass up a Ridley Scott directed film featuring Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Michael Fassbender, I, nonetheless, encourage you, entreat you, implore you to do just that.
How does a premiere writer-director team take such incredible screen talent and produce such a travesty of a film? Primarily, they use a tired, unoriginal plotline of pretty boy lawyer-type wants more. The namesake of the film has it all. Plenty of money from a successful law practice, brand new Bentley convertible coupe and the love of his life – the beautiful, sexy, you could even say “perfect” Laura, played by Cruz. But of course, it’s not enough. He’s got to have lots more and in the process places Laura in the crosshairs of all the Juans, Pedros, Manolitos and Chingons that work south and north of the Rio Grande. So take on a couple more clients, you idiot. No, I think I’ll make a big hit and jump in bed with some Mexican Drug Lords. Even after he is told over and over not to do it by the guys who know what happens when one lies down in a bed of rattlesnakes, he smugly says, “I’m in.” Everyone in the theatre knew he was thinking ‘how bad can they really be?’ How bad can these people be? Can you say beheading and snuff film?
Last year, we did one of our first Roundtables discussing all things Halloween – costumes for the young and old, movies, etc. This year, we got our growing group of friends together to give us their thoughts on funny/creative costume idea suggestions for this year, your favorite costume you’ve worn, your costumes that you think are overplayed, favorite scary movies, favorite candy to receive trick-or-treating, worst candy to receive, funny stories from past Halloweens, etc. Enjoy!
Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.
Author’s Note: This post is excerpts of an essay I wrote for Fare Forward. I highly recommend you visit that site, like the publication on Facebook, and even become a subscriber. It’s a collection of people much smarter and much better at writing than me, discussing all topics you could imagine through a deeply intellectual Christian worldview. I’m humbled to have written for them previously and for them to have been kind enough to invite me back to write again. They’re far too kind to me. I’ve tricked them into thinking I’m a legitimate writer. Please don’t destroy this illusion. But do support Fare Forward. It’s amazing what they’re doing.
This post contains excerpts of my essay entitled, “Fantasy Worldviews: From Middle Earth to Westeros.” Whether you’re a fan of Tolkien’s Middle Earth or Martin’s Game of Thrones universe, I think you’ll enjoy my reflections on what Martin borrows from Tolkien and what each fantasy epic tells us about ourselves and our time.
After what felt like an incredibly long dry patch in my movie outings, I’m excited to not only share my thoughts on one movie I’ve seen recently, but THREE of them. Read more
The summer movie season is officially over. That means we have a couple months of possible award contenders, horror flicks, and the leftovers of Hollywood. But increasingly, independent films, intelligent thrillers, and Oscar contenders are released in a more staggered fashioned, earlier and earlier. The Butler arguably launched the awards movie season.
With this in mind, Clayton and I present trailers for nearly any movie coming out for the rest of 2013 that you would care about. You’ve heard of some of these and others will probably be brand new to you. Regardless, some of these will be buzzworthy, some will be duds, and most of the Oscar contenders will come from this list. So check out the list below and keep it close so you can keep track of what is coming out when. Enjoy the trailers and our one-statement thoughts on each film!
With summer winding down and a new TV season on the horizon, with The O.C. premiere’s 10th anniversary passing, and with all of us getting older every day, we thought this week’s roundtable would be a good time to reflect on a simple question:
Which TV Show or Movie has been formative to your life and how you view the world?