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.
So today has been interesting the President of the United States has been busy going to fund raisers while people are asking what he is going to do about MH#17 with no definite answer forth coming. Hopefully this will change as it is obvious that this is getting out of hand.
However, in my news feed has been a variety of articles and video regarding people who have gone from orthodox Christianity to heresy.
Case in point here is Brian McLaren someone who went from orthodox teaching to heresy talking with Frank Schaeffer son of the late Francis Schaeffer who has come out against his father and his teachings. Here in the video Frank Schaeffer talks about his new book Why I am an Atheist who believes in God.
Next we have the first baptist church in Kentucky who has decided to hold a same-sex wedding. The two men in question have been regular attenders at the church and the pastor and the deacons have decided that if they can allow the two gay men to become members in the church then they must also allow them to marry each other. No bible was consulted in this decision.
“They have no allegiance to the Bible,” he said. “You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.”
Lastly we have a comment from Michael Avramovich from the Touchstone Blog who asks: After Homosexual “Marriage” are Pedophilia and Incest Acceptance Next?
As a regular reader of Salvo magazine, I have seen the articles on efforts to “normalize” pedophilia. But I have noticed that there have been some accelerating steps regarding the acceptance of pedophilia, and I wonder whether my readers have noticed. First, there is the academic foundation for pedophilia acceptance. Read more here
Next let’s turn to news from the world of Marvel Comics. Seems Thor son of Odin is about to become Thor daughter of Odin. Yes the current Thor isn’t worthy enough to hold the mighty Mjölnir so a woman will take up the mantle and become Thor. Because Marvel is owned by Disney this was announced on The View where Whoppi Goldberg said: “Thor he messed up, and he’s no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That’s right. Thor is a woman!”
So just a thought here let’s do a little syllogism:
Marvel is owned by Disney
Odin is a King
Thor is a prince
That means Thor is now a Disney Princess!
This may be a sign of Ragnarök I am not sure.
Do you want to see the blackest black? Well here is a picture of the blackest black.
This is called vantablack it is a substance created by Surrey Nanosystems it reflects 0.04 percent of the light that shines on it. It is the closest thing to seeing a black hole here on earth. (From the Nerdist) But here is the coolest thing ever the Gaboon Pit Viper’s black scales do the same thing as vantablack! Granted the viper’s scales aren’t as efficient as vantablack but even so it is still amazing.
And now for something completely different: A man puts on his pants without using his hands.
Seriously who sits down and thinks about how to do these things? I mean really was he sitting on his couch in his bvds thinking I wonder if I can get my pants on with out my hands. And then film it.
That is it for this Friday. Come back again next week.
So according to the Covers Project this song has been covered by everyone from Dwight Yokum to the Chipmunks! Don’t worry this isn’t the Chipmunks it is Randler Music. Who on their YouTube page has this in their about section: We like music yes we do we like music how about you? Well yes I do and here is a crazy little thing called love:
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Main Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy |
Liam Neeson plays Bill Marks a drunken air marshal, a former cop that can’t get over his daughter’s death. And he hates to fly. Just the guy you want to entrust your safety to right? Well on a non-stop flight (which just makes sense because puddle jumper just doesn’t work for a title.) Marks gets a text that tells him that unless 150 million dollars is sent to an off shore account someone on the plane will die every twenty minutes.
Really do I need to go further in the synopsis of this plot? Neeson has been reinvented as an action hero which I have mixed feelings about. And this film is better, way better, than Taken 2. The action is tighter and it seems to move at a decent pace. But I think that Julianne Moore was wasted on this film. If she is suppose to be the love interest then someone needs to clue in the writer that he has to add that into the plot. I suppose she could have been the strong woman lead but again someone needs to tell the writer to add that to the plot.
Needless to say people are killed, Neeson saves the day and seems to get over his daughter’s death.
Things I liked the action was faster paced then the last Neesom action flick I saw (Taken 2), there was and excellently choreographed fight scene in the airplane’s toilet. And this was the regular one not the handicapped toilet which actually bigger than you may realize (speaking from experience) but the one third the size of a closet one.
Things I disliked certain cheesiness of the villains, the formulaic hero, I mean really a former cop that is a drunk with family issues. Just once I’d like a well adjusted man with a good family and great kids. And seriously if he is really that messed up how the heck can this much trauma straighten out his wounded psyche? Shouldn’t he be a hard core drunk after all that stress?
Wait until Netflicks for this one I give it two stars out of five.