9.18.2009

Movie Rant ... and other stories

I shouldn't let it get to me so much.

Last night, at a (hilarious and wonderful, by the way!) girls' night with friends, we watched the movie A Walk to Remember, which is based on one of my favorite books, and which is also one of only a handful of movies for which I own the soundtrack. In fact, there are only two movies for which I own both movie and soundtrack; the other one is Phantom of the Opera. In other words, it's a pretty great soundtrack. Mandy Moore's rendition of Jon Foreman's Only Hope still gives me chills.

But the portrayal of Reverend Sullivan in that movie drove me nuts. It didn't help that I'd just been involved in a debate over the basic meanings and worth of sex and virginity and male protectiveness.

In the book, Rev. Sullivan, despite being incredibly awkward looking and a bit of a pulpit-pounder, is a truly good man who loves his daughter. In the movie--well, it's like the scriptwriters thought "Maybe that idea would have been believable in the Fifties, but nowadays we all know that any Christian father who tries to protect his daughter from the bad boys is a control freak who demeans his daughter and dehumanizes her boyfriend. We'll make him look fierce and he just won't have any subtlety. People will believe that." The sad thing is, people apparently do believe that.

Getting defensive is admittedly one of my biggest faults. I shouldn't let this stuff get to me. But they shouldn't talk about my people like that.

Anyway, I signed onto Facebook this morning and it proved relaxing. Travis had linked this article from the Front Porch Republic; I read it and it was just too brilliant not to pass on.

Logos had linked to Starfield, and I had forgotten about Starfield. Their song "Reign in Us" (the third track on their site right now) is my favorite song to come from popular Christian music since Switchfoot's album with "Dare You to Move" and "Only Hope". Or at least since Third Day's "Cry Out to Jesus". Admittedly, I haven't listened to much, but still.

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