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spartan.GIFLast night I finished watching Spartan (2004, R) with Val Kilmer. Another decent action flick. It was directed by Mamet who's done several other things I've liked including Heist (2001), State and Main (2000), and Oleanna (1994). I give it 3 out of 5.

Black Jesus Film

From a Reuters article on AOL News by Rebecca Harrision:

Billed as the world's first black Jesus movie, "Son of Man" portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and aims to shatter the Western image of a placid savior with fair hair and blue eyes. The South African film, which premieres on Sunday at the U.S. Sundance festival in Utah, transports the life and death of Christ from first century Palestine to a contemporary African state racked by war and poverty. Jesus is born in a shanty-town shed, a far cry from a manger in a Bethlehem stable. His mother Mary is a virgin, though feisty enough to argue with the angels. Gun-wielding authorities fear his message of equality and he ends up hanging on a cross. "We wanted to look at the gospels as if they were written by spindoctors and to strip that away and look at the truth," director Mark Dornford-May told Reuters in an interview. "The truth is that Christ was born in an occupied state and preached equality at a time when that wasn't very acceptable." By portraying Jesus as a black African, Dornford-May hopes to sharpen the political context of the gospels, when Israel was under Roman occupation, and challenge Western perceptions of Christ as meek, mild and European. "We have to accept that Christ has been hijacked a bit -- he's gone very blonde haired and blue-eyed," he said. "The important thing about the message of Christ was that it is universal. It doesn't matter what he looked like."

TV Dramas Teach


From an AP story on Yahoo News, "TV Dramas Teach Criminals How to Cover Up" by Joe Milicia:

When Tammy Klein began investigating crime scenes eight years ago, it was virtually unheard of for a killer to use bleach to clean up a bloody mess. Today, the use of bleach, which destroys DNA, is not unusual in a planned homicide, said the senior criminalist from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Klein and other experts attribute such sophistication to television crime dramas like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which give criminals helpful tips on how to cover up evidence. Prosecutors have complained for years about "the CSI effect" on juries - an expectation in every trial for the type of high-tech forensic evidence the show's investigators uncover. It also appears the popular show and its two spinoffs could be affecting how some crimes are committed. "They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."

The article then goes on to describe a specific case of "...a man charged in a recent double-homicide in northeast Ohio was a "CSI" fan and went to great lengths to cover his tracks."

Wedding Crashers


Tonight's feature film was Wedding Crashers (R). Not the finest specimen of cinema ever but worth of few chuckles. Owen and Vince are enjoyable. I give it 3 out 5. From

Two committed womanizers spend their weekends crashing weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air. They find themselves at odds with each other when one of them actually falls in love.

Serenity Again


Tonight we watched Serenity with the Lashlees. We enjoyed watching it a second time. Some browncoats on the internet recently started an effort to collect donations before deciding that maybe that isn't the most effective way to bring back Firefly. Serenity gets 5 out of 5.


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