While everyone else is gearing up for the big summer movie season, the big news around here is actually the announcement that every Thursday in June is Drive-In Double Features days on Turner Classic Movies. We’re talking movies like Tarantula, Attack Of The 50 Ft Woman, Queen of Outer Space, and many more, including a few choice Godzilla flicks. It’s just… (sniff) just… (sniff, sniff) I’m sorry, please forgive me. I promised I wouldn’t tear up when passing on this news. Just give me a moment…
Okay, I’m back. You know, as long as we’re mentioning summer blockbusters, we may as well point you to some reviews for the first one out of the gate, the big screen debut of Marvel Comic’s Thor. While the critics reactions have been mixed, the audiences have for the most part taken quite a liking to it. And the religious reaction to Thor has been pretty positive, as well. For a good sampling, take a gander at the reviews to be found at Spiritual Popcorn, The American Catholic, and Speculative Faith.
Thor is actually the only movie I’ve seen in theaters so far this year, and for me, the old school comic book approach to the story more than compensates for the movie’s flaws. The universe Thor inhabits is one where fathers are strong and wise, bad decisions have bad consequences, and women, though equal in brain and brawn to men, are treated like the ladies they are (unlike, say, the feminist approved ‘pervert whores’ taken to task by Sci-Fi author John C. Wright.). What a breath of fresh air. It might be a few years before my 8 year old is allowed to watch the latest Batman and Iron Man movies, but I’d pop in a DVD of Thor for him without thinking twice.
Which reminds me, over at the Catholic News Agency, professional musician Dan Lord has some suggestions of his own about choosing movies for your kids. Based on his criteria, I would guess taking the tykes to see the recent sex comedy Bridesmaids is out of the question. That being said, Allison from YIMCatholic still managed to find some thought provoking questions amidst all of the naughty hijinks and gross out moments one would expect from a movie made by the producers of Knocked Up. Alas, Tom Hoopes at CatholicVote.org finds no similar wisdom in actress Keira Knightley’s comments on adultery made during an interview for her latest film Last Night. But don’t worry, even if the latest round of chick flicks is letting you down, you can always revisit some old quality chick TV. Take Joe Wetterling, host of The Baptized Imagination, for instance, who recently pondered the wisdom of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s rebound vamp Spike as he explains why the “Blood is life, lack brain.”
Now ladies, just because a lot of the links this time around were for you, don’t forget the men in your lives. With Father’s Day just around the corner, you might be looking for a special gift for that guy who has everything. Well, may we suggest a nice bottle of Crystal Lake Wine (probably not appropriate for use in mass) or perhaps some Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Ice Cube Trays?
Well, why you’re making your mind up about that, I’ve got to get busy with more blog goofiness. So see you next time.