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I believe that this movie has the potential to be the most talked about event in 2008, even eclipsing the political conventions, the Olympics and the Election.   I am equally sure that if it does well in the box office that there will be MUCH negative publicity against it.    At any rate, this is a very thought provoking trailer.  Enjoy

If nothing else I hope that this movie will engage Christians in and with the culture once again.  Forcing us to think! and get off our pat answers and shallow arguments.  This could be a great opportunity to participate in conversations with the culture at large.  It will also be an opportunity to show our ignorance if we are not careful. There is a risk of the anti-intellectuals, who shun academia, science and the institutes of higher learning, to solidify the sterotypical image of the “Christian” as the ignorant, blind faith bumpkins that many in the culture say we are.
At any rate, it is time to get out of the bunkers we call church and engage our culture again, not in some antagonistic conflict, but in truth and love.  It is possible to win the argument and lose the person with whom you are conversing. (I have to give props to my Pastor, Josh, for that line, it was too good not to borrow.)  It is also possible to lose an argument due to lack of preparation and basic knowledge and end up looking like a backwoods banjo picker.

Pack up the kids and the family fortune ‘cause we’re off to the cinema.

Admission to the movie $$$. Popcorn (popped maze, fluffy Styrofoam, proof that with salt and butter one can make anything palatable) $$$$$ (… I’m glad that mortgage lender was still available to approve the third loan on the house so we could afford the popcorn , of course the sub-prime loan debacle began subsequent to that loan, hhmmmm??) and a Drink $$$$ (anything with that much salt requires a beverage). Having to take a second job to pay for it all… priceless.

“What be this bleating in mine ears???” Baaa, Baaaa. Ah, a flock of sheep; all queued up for their ration of salted, buttered, Styrofoam and caffeinated, colored sugar water to wash it all down. (And for those disillusioned few who believe they have escaped the prison of said sheep fold, I offer exhibit A to the court, bottled H2O. Only the worst of prisoners are restricted to Styrofoam and water rations.

I watch, mesmerized, as one sheep followed the other and each was fleeced, right there at the counter. Then they walk away with a goofy self-satisfied grin that flies in the face of the fact that they have just squandered a full 1/3 of their children’s college education fund. Baaa, Baaaa! “Next!” and I take my turn at the shearing.

What movie could be so compelling I would risk financial and gastronomic ruin to attend? None other than that cinematic epic of popular culture, that masterpiece of film making, none other than that icon of hip, debonair and coolness…(I get goose bumps just thinking about it)… give it up for, “Alvin and the Chipmunks!” aaaaaahhhhh!! Woooo hooo!

As I sat there taking one for the team (so-to-speak) a great line from another strain on my budget came to mind and I settled in like a penguin on the beach in Madagascar, “Smile and wave boys, Smile and wave.”

Then it began to dawn on me, hey! this is a pretty good commentary on popular culture and on the Hollywood entertainment machine in general. It was heartening to see someone actually expose (albeit in a backhanded, under the radar manner) the star machine for the meat factory it is and the industry moguls for prostitutes they are. Wow! This reality thing has gone from Survivor, to the Biggest Loser, to Smarter than a 5th Grader, to Alvin and the big screen. Reality meets fantasy in a surreal rock-u-mentary featuring the meteoric rise to stardom of three striped rodents.

To be honest, without the trite remarks, the movie did a good job of showing the pitfalls of life without boundaries, My radar clicked on when the antagonist said, “There is only one rule…. There are no rules!” That is the essence of our present pop culture, No rules! No boundaries! Freedom! Complete autonomous freedom leads to anarchy. Alvin and the Boys were a fantastic visual representation of that truth. More of the, “If it works for you then it is ok,” mentality. One only has to look at Lindsey and Britney and a host of other pop icons to see the natural outcome of complete autonomous freedom. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, especially when it is given at the personal level.

So, all in all, I would have to give the rodents a thumb’s up. It may not be Oscar material but it is a good springboard to initiate conversation with your children concerning boundaries, rules and what true freedom means.

 This is my favorite scene from “Fiddler On The Roof”

Catchy Title, eh? “A Movie review:”So, What fare are we serving up today?

“Because of Winn-Dixie”

I was shocked! I tell you absolutely shocked, to find out tonight that there are actually some people who have not yet seen, “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

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This movie is a Southern fried humdinger!

When I first sat down to watch a Family Night movie titled, “Because of Winn-Dixie” I thought yea, ok, I’ll endure this and then we’ll get to a good movie. I found myself eating that sentiment and walking away thoroughly satisfied. I had not read the book so I had no idea what I was about to see. We liked so much we bought it and have re-watched it on several occasions.

The story is about a preacher, his daughter Opal, her adopted dog Winn-Dixie, and the adventures, and friendships forged one summer in a small southern town. Between Opal and Winn-Dixie we see the greatest adventure of all, that of people and relationships. We see the tender heart of a child who wants to know why her momma left her and her daddy on the one hand, but who refuses to become scarred , cynical and jaded by that loss. We see how simple acts of kindness change all those who come within Opal and Winn-Dixie’s sphere of influence.

Far from being a Pollyanna, Opal is a real kid with real hurts and real questions. Her character is powerfully endearing and reminds us that people crave fellowship with others and will respond when given the opportunity. The charming innocence and childlike wonderment of Opal is contagious, and the simple honesty of child and dog quickly affects all those this dynamic-duo come into contact with.

This is real entertainment. No flash, no glitz, no glam… just a purity that speaks to the heart. This is the way movies should be. Two thumbs up!