Movies you couldn’t pay me to see

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.

Quote of the Day

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

–Flannery O’Connor

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.
Flannery O’Connor

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.
Flannery O’Connor

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

Entire Wing of Anglicans to Leave Church of England

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: