The continent of Europe finally came back from vacation, which means I’m back in front of the big screen for Aleteia. This week I took in Riddick, the latest chapter in the nearly forgotten Chronicles of Riddick series. How was it? Well, if you’ve seen one Riddick movie… then you’ve seen enough.
One of the main problems I had with Riddick is the complete lack of likable characters. I don’t mind a decent anti-hero every now and then, but the loathsome Riddick barely even qualifies for that title. Donald R. McClarey has noticed the dearth of real heroes in movies lately as well, something which has caused him to break out his old Statler Brothers records and ask Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?
Still, I bet I got more enjoyment out of Riddick than Scott W. from Romish Graffiti did from Gangster Squad. Or Jason Dietz got from Non-Modern got from This Is 40 for that matter. Or Red Cardigan from And Sometimes Tea got from just about any children’s movie released over the past decade.
Who knew Christians were such a tough crowd? Fortunately Fr. Joe over at Southern Fried Catholicism recently ran across a trailer for the upcoming movie Nicaea. That should make Catholics happy at least. Unfortunately, it’s only in pre-production right now, so who knows if it will ever even see the light of day.
Until then, we can always take the time to watch Warm Bodies again like Nancy French at The French Revolution and discover even more theological lessons buried within everyone’s favorite zom-rom-com, or perhaps even catch up on old scary episodes of Doctor Who like Sherry Antonetti from Chocolate For Your Brain.
If you want to see something really scary, though, then by all means head over to Cinetropolis where Tim Pelan discusses John Boorman’s attempts to make a Lord of the Rings movie back in the early 70s. Read about if you dare!
And on that forbidding note, we’ll leave you until next time. See you then.