So I was listening to the Pulpit and Pen podcast and I heard this song. So I went looking for it because as you all know that is what an earworm is a song that you just can’t get out of your head. Lo and behold I find it and I find that the guy singing it isn’t the first one to sing this song no that belongs to a person by the name of Buddy Miller (follow the link to see him perform this song). But Tab Benoit is the person that is performing it on the podcast so her is Tab Benoit and Shelter Me.
When I think of Stephen Chow I think of Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, or King of the Beggars. So it was with eager anticipation that I looked forward to his latest Journey to the West.
Now Journey to the West is one of the great classical novels of China and has been made multiple times into both films and television shows. My first exposure to the story was the movie Alakazam the Great! when I was a child. So I looked forward to the quirky spin that Stephen Chow would place on this story.
Tang Sanzang is a Buddhist demon hunter/monk that is a failure, everything he tries doesn’t work. What’s more there is Miss Duan who is an accomplished demon hunter who keeps mopping up all his messes and is trying to get him interested in her. Something he can’t do as a potential Buddhist monk. In frustration he goes to his master for help who directs him to the Monkey King who has been bound by Buddha in a underground cave sealed by a lotus flower. There he battles the Monkey King who kills Miss Duan (Tang confesses his love for her as she dies) defeats him by reading a Buddhist sutra and attains enlightenment at the same time. He then journeys to the west to bring back the Buddhist sutras from India.
I really wanted to like this I was in the mood for the quirky kung fu antics that Chow has always brought to his movies. And they were there. But something was missing there wasn’t that zing, that je ne sais quoi that he had brought to his other films. I don’t know if it is the lack of chemistry between the male and female leads. Or how the story seems a bit slapped together. But I was just disappointed by this effort.
This film has martial arts violence, a child eaten by a demon fish, a pig demon that uses people for food. There is a scene where a guy is nude but nothing is exposed. Some of the demon scenes maybe too much for kids but this isn’t a typical Asian horror movie that will keep them up all night worried about the upside down ghost with the long black hair. No there is a definite comedy aspect to this film just not enough of one.
I give Journey to the West two and a half stars out of five.
Q. 102. Are the infants of such as are professing believers to be baptized?
A. The infants of such as are professing believers are not to be baptized; because there is neither command nor example in the Holy Scriptures, or certain consequence from them, to baptize such.
So lately the Friday posts have been rather grim but not today, today it’s nothing but what makes me snort pink lemonade out of my nose!
First, well I am a Star Trek fan but when I saw these guys I thought I could be a Star Wars guy.
Next all the Frozen you will ever need or want.
Look its not my fault it’s Frank Turk’s fault he made me watch it.
Speaking of Star Trek here is Weird Al “interviewing” Patrick Stewart
And now Chuck Norris stares a man to death!
And this goes out to all my grammar Nazi friends and relatives.
And last but not least our Robotic Overlords can dance!
That’s it for today back to the serious next week.
So I was on twitter and I saw this posted by Dr. James White (@DrOakley1689)
There would be a lot less snarkiness if everyone had to listen to 2 Cellos “Benedictus” before replying to anything.
So what is “Benedictus” anyway? Well the “Benedictus” is the song that Zachariah sang at the birth of his son John (Luke 1:68-79). So let us listen to “Benedictus” especially if your feeling like a snarky answer.
Spent the weekend catching up on my Defiance habit so no movies watching was accomplished. Come back next week.
Q . 101. To whom is Baptism to be administered?
A. Baptism is to be administered to all those who actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ; and to none other.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
And they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16
But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.