(5) Sat Feb 28 2004 10:00: Everybody be sure to read my reply to Kristen's comment under my rant about Dubya below. Meanwhile, is anyone planning to see The Passion? It's playing to very large attendance here, but I don't think I'm going to go. I don't think I would be able to handle it. I cried when Seabiscuit died, for heaven's sake. I cry when the Germans march on Paris. The only thing that kept me from falling apart at the end of Where the Red Fern Grows is David Oman pointing out that the dog was opening and shutting his eyes as he lay there being "dead."
Posted by John at Sat Feb 28 2004 11:51
I don't remember Seabiscuit dying. Boy, I must have been out of it. I mean, I know the horse is dead by NOW, but I don't remember him dying in the movie. But "Where the Red Fern Grows" was a tearjerker.
But "The Passion" is Rated R. Why would a movie about Christ be rated R? They must have made it very bloody and descriptive, which, in my opinion, isn't necessary to fully appreciate the Atonement. Yeah, I've kinda lost some respect for Mel on this one.
Posted by Frances at Sat Feb 28 2004 12:21
Well, he's coming from a Catholic point of view. Their theology emphasizes the physical awfulness more ours. It said in the newspaper that the only thing that saved it from being NC-17 is there is no sex, just violence.
Posted by Susie at Sun Feb 29 2004 09:07
Yuck, it's not worth it.
Posted by Kristen at Wed Mar 03 2004 05:21
Most churches, unlike ours, focuses on the crucifixion of Christ. We focus on the Atonement, thus we don't wear cross as jewelry, etc. I don't think Mel is bad for focusing on what he has been taught his whole life. I think Mel is very brave for taking on all the critics and secularists. He made this movie about Christ's last 12 hours or something like that...otherwise I think Mel would have added more of Christ teaching the people.
I personally am not going to see the movie because I can hardly even watch "Lamb of God"- the church video, b/c they show the whipping and crown of thorns and all that. I can't handle stuff like that. I'm with you Frances. But I would love to hear anyone's review of the movie that does watch it.
Posted by Susie at Thu Mar 04 2004 01:27
I agree, about him taking on the critics.