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Entertainment Weekly has a list of 20 pop culture phenomena people couldn’t be paid to see. My comments below:
4. Anything labeled an Oprah book: Definitely. But mostly because I know anything she thinks her target audience of housewives would be interested in would not interest me in the least.
5. Buffy and Twilight: I hadn’t even heard of Twilight until seeing a preview for the movie in a theater, although it seems one of younger cousins is very into it. Buffy, though, is one of the all-time greats, especially the the first three seasons.
6. The DaVinci Code: I’m not sure which I found most annoying: the complete lack of respect for actual, the severe anti-Christian (and specifically anti-Catholic) bias, or the overwhelming media campaign behind it.
7. Godfather: I’ve never seen any of the movies and I even own the entire trilogy on VHS. They’re just longer than I feel like committing to watching. (The set of them I own is also a regift. My cousins got them from another cousin who was getting divorced. And now the second owners of them are getting divorced. I may need to get rid them as they seem to be cursed.)
8. Movies based on dancing: Bring It On! is one of my guilty pleasures. I love that movie.
10. The Goonies and ET: I just saw The Goonies for the first time in the last few years. Good, not great. I loved ET as a kid, but I think I would hate it if I were to see it now.
13. The Passion of the Christ: I’ve seen it about 6 times and still get a lot out of it, but I do understand why someone wouldn’t want to see it.
14. The Sound of Music: One of my little cousins forced my grandparents and I t watch this movie two and a half times in a single night. That was enough for one lifetime.
15. Titanic: I have testicles and therefore a strong revulsion to the thought of seeing this movie.
An addition of my own:
Forrest Gump: I’ve had too many people telling me I have to see this movie. Being the ornery sort, I’m refusing to just to spite them.
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
I should read some Flannery O’Connor; she’s full of great quotes. Here’s some mor good ones:
Conviction without experience makes for harshness.
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
On the Eucharist: “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.”
“She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick” – describing one of her characters
The Rev. Rod Thomas was speaking to the annual conference of the Reform movement in London this week. Thomas said that at least twenty-five parishes, representing up to 3000 practising Anglicans in the UK, are already seeking alternate oversight from bishops not associated with the ultra-liberal theological trends that dominate the Church of England.
If they’re looking for good, authentic Christian teaching and a Bishop who’s not associated with “ultra-liberal theological trends,” here’s a good Bishop to put themselves under: