Movie Review: The Family (2013)

First and this is long over due to all the new followers of the blog, thank you.  I appreciate you coming to see what I’ve been doing here week after week.  I’d also like to point you to Thy Critic Man another fellow blogger who does movie reviews and in more depth than I.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Luc Besson you would think that with a cast like that and a writer and director like Luc Besson that you could expect a movie that you’d enjoy.  Well you’d be wrong. 

So a mafia boss and his family get moved to France.  Why? Well the long and short of it is that where ever they go they can’t help but revert to type.  They start beating people up creating scams and rackets, and just being destructive.  And guess what in this town in France they are up to the same old ways.  And it is so contrived and over done that it is a train wreck followed by a twelve car pile up topped by planes falling out of the sky.  Otherwise horrible.  This is acting that could have been performed by the local theater troupe that is comprised of the cast of Jersey Shore and snooty French Canadians.

Sometimes when I see actors of the caliber of  De Niro, Pfeiffer, and Jones in movies like these and I ask myself why?  Why did I get my hopes up, why didn’t  someone warn me that this was a truly horrible movie.  Well I took the bullet, I did the deed, I pushed you to the curb and let the car hit me.  This is a horrible movie and a waste of talent skip it put it on your list of things that you’d rather get a sharp stick in your eye then see.

I give this zero stars.



Q. 89. What then is the purpose of the law since the fall?

A. The purpose of the law, since, the fall, is to reveal the perfect righteousness of God, that His people may know his will for their lives and the ungodly, being convicted of their sin, may be restrained therein and brought to Christ for salvation.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-11

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:20,31

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
Romans 7:7

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self- controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Titus 2:12-14

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:22,24

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
1 Timothy 1:8

Frenetic Friday

Just when you thought it was safe, just when you learned that adult stem cells would actually do more than embryonic stem cells but now it is learned that human embryos have been created in the lab and for what purpose you ask?  Why to destroy them and to harvest their cells.    By the way no one has ever proven that embryonic stem cells actually do the things that adult stem cells have actually accomplished.  Also take note that they have cloned a human by doing this.  Even though the embryo wasn’t allowed to come to full term. “O, brave new world that has such people in’t!”  as Shakespeare said or perhaps “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”  From the same play.  Either way can we stopper this bottle or will it grow to further monstrousness?

You recall the UK hospitals that used the remains of aborted babies to fuel their facilities well now it has been learned that an incinerator in Oregon has been burning the bodies of aborted babies from Canada.   BTW that link will say abortion waste which is political correct speak for saying the bodies of aborted babies.  The company has stopped the burning saying they are going to get to the bottom of how long this has been going on.  But notice this:

Brentano, however, noted that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant allows for all human tissue.

So the county government of Oregon doesn’t have any problem burning aborted babies or for that matter any human tissue at all,  Makes me wonder how the Jewish residents feel about that?

Turning our eyes to music it appears that Dan Haseltine the lead singer of Jars of Clay has come out for gay marriage quoting from an article in Metro:

“Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.” He went on to write “I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”

By the way that is from his twitter feed.

And frankly I think that James White has answered that statement the best here is his latest show where he discusses what Haseltine says:  The Dividing Line 

I really can’t add anything to what Dr. White has said other than Mr. Haseltine’s ability to exegete the texts of scripture is called to question and perhaps the elders of his church should have a talk with him.

And today’s Frenetic Friday shall end with News from the Christian Weird.  I have been to many different churches worship services has been held from barns to outdoors to homes.  But a strip club?

Welcome to Guelph Ontario Canada where Jack Ninaber and his wife Sharon decided they would host a Christian fellowship service at the unconventional space.  Where did they choose?  Why the local strip club called the Manor.  Yes Easter service was held at the strip club because and I quote “The idea behind the service is to bring religion to those who don’t feel comfortable seeking it out. In particular, they are hoping to reach tenants of Sue’s Inn, a transitional house for people trying to get back on their feet.”  Yes and once again someone has decided to compromise with the world in order to reach the world.  Theology matters people.  Keep it in mind.

an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.
an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.
an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.

Earworm Wednesday: Here comes the Sun~Phil Keaggy

So last Sunday was Easter or Resurrection Sunday however you want to refer to it.  And on Monday this song jumped up to forefront of all the other music that floats in the cloud in my mind.  And I thought this is perfect for Earworm Wednesday.  So here is the best nine fingered guitar player I know covering a George Harrison song and doing it well I might add.


Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The star spangled avenger returns to the screen in what I consider one of the best films that Marvel has ever produced.

The movie opens with Steve Rogers (Captain America) running  and boy is he! Speeding around the reflecting pool constantly saying on your left to Sam Wilson (AKA Falcon) until he finally runs him into the ground and Wilson sits down to rest.  And that is when Steve introduces himself.  But the man needs no introduction as Sam Wilson recognizes Captain America right off.  They exchange pleasantries until Steve is called to duty by the Black Widow.  From their they are taken to Nick Fury’s office and briefed on a situation in which a SHIELD ship has been captured by pirates. Captain America and a team of SHIELD agents including the Black Widow.  Captain America dives from the plane (sans parachute) and proceeds to eliminate the bad guys.  But the Black Widow has her own agenda which is discovered by Captain America.

later confronting both the Widow and Nick Fury Captain America is told by Fury not to trust SHIELD because there is something wrong.  It is just after this that Nick Fury is killed.

And no more spoilers go see the movie or read other reviews where they tell you the whole movie.  (And shame on you if you do)

There are a lot of things I like about this movie, I like how they take a person born 95 years ago (Steve Rogers) and show how he is trying to adjust to a world where the bad guys aren’t so easily identified.  Where shades of grey seem to be the norm for the people around him.  I also like how they show he is trying to catch up with even the little things like the best songs to listen to since he last listened to a radio. (Troubled Man by Marvin Gaye go listen to it) And I especially like how Captain America stays true to the ideals of his youth.

Lots of action in this film, great action and not only by Captain America.  Black Widow’s is finally given depth instead of being just a fem fatale and Sam Wilson aka the Falcon is perfect as Steve’s new partner.  More back story on Nick Fury is revealed and he is shown to be more than just an ultimate spy master.  And I don’t know who the genius was that got Robert Redford to be in this movie but it was brilliant.

Five stars for this movie go see it.