2013-05-02 07:19 pm

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Bible miniseries recut into three hour Jesusfest )

I could have done a better mini series with Barbie dolls.
2013-04-15 10:23 am

Watching The Bible pt 6

One thing that really bugs me is that I can't even grab good footage off this thing, it was so poorly shot and had such uneven production values and people not nearly pretty enough.

The Clive Owen “King Arthur” is not, imo, a very good movie in terms of plot or research (rant for another time) but it's certainly beautifully shot. So at one point, I wanted to vid it just because of the gorgeous footage. I wish that The Bible miniseries was the same, that it had given me hours of fantastic footage despite the terrible pacing and storytelling. But they couldn't even get that right, so once I'm done complaining about it, I'll have no further use for the thing.

But I WILL be making a vid containing footage from all the other Bible movies that somehow managed to remember women exist and do things in those stories. Which is most of them, which says a lot about how badly this one fell down on that subject.

If it was good, usable footage, I could still cut together all the very most horrifying scenes and set them to “Angels” by Within Temptation. Could I make that work?

Song Choices for the Girl Power vid

If I Were a Boy (Beyonce, although I originally intended to do a Narnia vid to this and at one point, had one nearly finished... here's a very rough version).
Candles in the Rain
Girl on Fire (the version without the utterly nonsensical rapping)
Better (by Plumb, I've already used this for SPN though)
Fully Alive (Flyleaf, if I was in the mood to do something *angry*)

Maybe something else, it depends on the tone I want to go for and the amount of footage I can acquire. This could take awhile.
2013-04-12 11:24 am

Attempting to Watch The Bible pt 5

Look, it's impossible to attempt to personify the Devil without either sinking into parody (horns, red skin, pitchfork,etc) or implying that you think the type of person you're using to personify the Devil really is evil. They should have done what Buffy did. In the Buffyverse, the original personification of all evil , The First, has no physical form. It copies the image of whatever deceased person its victim most wants to see. This allowed the show to avoid unfortunate implications by constantly changing up the gender, age, race, and sexual orientation of The First. Supernatural has also set their version of Lucifer up with the same ability ( he has to actually possess a living human being though) , the form he currently appears in was meant to be temporary. They kept it because they wanted to keep using Mark Pelligrino, but they made a point of telling us that he could look like anyone he wants.

So, the producers of this miniseries could've had Satan played by a variety of different actors of different genders, races, and ages while tying them all together with some sort of color or symbol or shared mannerisms/costume or snatch of music.

But they didn't do that. Because they weren't thinking. Well, I'm hoping they weren't thinking. People have also floated the theory that the whole thing was a deliberately right wing effort. It's difficult to tell whether they're being purposely horrible or they're just not thinking, since it's the same result either way.

And I'm thinking, maybe this miniseries was not really for “people who read the book” like I said on Facebook. It was for people who only think they know the book, by people who only think they know the book. Perhaps with a lot of network meddling thrown in to fit the History Channel Brand.

Fridge Brilliance of Kings pt2
Fridge Brilliance of Kings pt3
Kings Stuff That Wasn't So Great
Kings fanvid to Need You Now(How Many Times)
Rule 63 Kings fic (long, not yet finished, comes with warnings)
2013-04-05 08:02 pm

Attempting to Watch The Bible pt 3

I'm actually going back to the Noah, Abraham and Moses stories, just because I'm doing this in the order I watched the episodes.

what happens when you try to find an angel in the Alps )
2013-04-02 08:00 pm

Attempting to Watch The Bible pt 1

The fight scenes. OhMG, so many of them are so bad. If the casting director should be fired (see below) the fight choreographer should be banned for life from working in Hollywood.

SO.Laughably. BAD )
2013-03-23 09:48 am
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King James Discussions

A fundamentalist penned list of reasons why the King James Version of the Bible is the best choice has been making the rounds of religious blogs- here are two discussions.

Stuff Fundies Like

Exploring Your Matrix

What the King James Version is and is Not )
2013-03-15 07:19 pm
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The History Channel's Bible Fail.

The History Channel has been trying to rebrand itself as a home for working class but intellectually curious (and probably white) male viewers. Everything they do must be fitted to this audience. Simplistic narratives that focus a lot on weapons, military tactics and explosions, which are cool but it means the network tends to ignore soft and subtle things, and women's stories, and men who don't come across as tough enough. If the History Channel was a cooking channel, they'd be Emeril and Guy Fieri 24/7.

Moses-Miriam, David-Yael, Esther-Daniel, Mary Magdalene-Peter )
2012-11-01 11:44 pm

Get Satan a Cherry Pop: A Link Heavy Halloween Post 2012

I wanted to do a forward to this explaining exactly why this is the way it is, but I think the links will do that job for now. I can write some more on this after Nano is over.

Conservative Evangelical Christians and Halloween )
2012-10-12 12:55 am

An Illustrated Guide to the Difference Between Evangelicals and Fundamentalists pt 3

With the way my life is going, it looks like these posts will usually show up about midweek. I'm just getting a lucky break today.

Response to Other Churches
The heart of evangelicalism is )
2012-10-03 01:14 pm

An Illustrated Guide to the Difference Between Evangelicals and Fundamentalists pt 1

Warning: contains many photos.

It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room of religious media coverage. That elephant’s name is Thinking Conservative Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are the Same Thing. I have seen the terms repeatedly used as if they’re interchangeable, and they’re not. And that's kind of important.

Granted, I understand the confusion because lately it seems as if conservative Christians across the board are uniting against a perceived common enemy regardless of their own doctrinal quibbles. Conservative Christians right now in America would rather vote for Mitt Romney, who belongs to a religion they consider a cult and openly make vicious fun of, because he has conservative values, than vote for Obama, who belongs to the United Church of Christ, who don’t actually believe anything weird at all. Because he believes he represents all Americans, not just certain specific types of rich white Christian and is himself, black is a “liberal”.
so... )
2012-09-23 12:09 pm

Boycott Happy Christianists Upset at Being Boycotted pt3

When conservative Christians talk about the End Times, and how refusal to accept the Mark of the Beast will make it hard to buy things like food…I wonder if, if Revelation was really a prediction of the future and not a coded story about the persecution of early Christianity built on references to the Babylonian and Persian conquest of the Jews, that maybe it’s the conservative Christians who end up doing it to themselves. If you committed fully to boycotting every single thing I just listed, buying things becomes much more difficult. The increasingly narrow world they find themselves living in should show them that you can’t live constantly believing the rest of the world is at war with you.

Of course, they’ve fixed this potential problem by creating their own parallel economy. That Chicken Place has been considered one of those businesses for a long time, it’s mentioned frequently on the Dark Christian forums. A lot of the people on those forums are either paranoid refugees of seriously abusive churches, or they are non Christians who don’t always have the experience in this case to discern which rumors are true or false, so you have to take it all with a grain of salt. But, That Chicken Place is not popular there.

People on the Left obsessively boycott too. In fact, some of these companies make both lists. It isn’t that some of these companies don’t genuinely deserve to be boycotted anyway, because they do. But the Christianists never boycott companies for other things that are unapproved of by God that don’t have anything to do with birth control or consensual adult homosexuality or Christmas or Muslims. But no, there are too many non Christian companies who owe it to the conservative Christian community to cater to them in all matters.

I mean, why? Why do they get to do this and yet, when liberals boycott a private business, it’s a threat to free speech? Because they’re that firmly committed to believing that they’re in the right and everyone else is in the wrong. They’re enforcing community standards as the official protectors of our nation’s morality, while anyone who complains about anything, and I mean *anything* they say or do is at best, someone who needs to get right with God.
2012-09-23 11:56 am

Boycott Happy Christianists Upset at Being Boycotted pt2

One big complaint they had was that it wasn't fair for people to boycott a private business for the private beliefs of its owner. Except, conservative Christians are sort of known for doing that to everyone else.

very much known for it )
2012-09-23 10:05 am

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