April 30, 2005Inspired)
The anti-fast food documentary Super Size Me is of particular interest to preachers of all people.
Chris Seay, pastor and author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, notes the film's unique method: "More Christians need to watch this film than just about any out there. It preaches to us in a way that many pastors need to learn from."
A couple weeks back my own church heard a sermon by Rev. John Newton about the film, comparing Morgan Spurlock's physical poisoning with our own spiritual suicide by the things we allow into our lives.Buzz)
Musician/producer/director Steve Taylor talks with Infuze magazine about his film The Second Chance, which stars musician Michael W. Smith. Taylor describes it as a "black and white buddy movie" and it sounds like it deals with racism and the church on some level, a topic you'll rarely find on screen. The movie will release Sept. 9, though no definite word on distribution.
If you rememember Steve Taylor's long time film project Saint Gimp from the Squint Entertainment years, he briefly talks about it and mentions a short animation by Jonathan Richter that was made for the movie.
April 29, 2005Business) Technology)
The TV phone is coming, perhaps as early as the end of this year. And you thought people talking on their cell phones in public was annoying. Now they'll be watching TV, causing everyone around them to crane their neck for a good view.
The cell phone TVs are being tested now and 130,000 will be sold this year. Experts expect 125 million people to be watching TV on their cell phones in five years.
April 27, 2005News & Updates)
Seems fortuitous that I'm starting a blog on TV & movies during tV Turnoff Week. Oops.
If it's any consolation, some people think TV makes us smarter.Trailers)
You can catch the trailer for Serenity, the directorial debut from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, and—wow. It's a sci-fi western based on his canceled series Firefly. In theaters September 30.(link via InFuze)Animation)
Cartoon Network's late night programming, Adult Swim, is the #1 cable destination for men ages 18-34. With off-beat programming like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken and Sealab 2021, as well as reruns of Family Guy and Futurama, Adult Swim out performs ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (wait, that's not surprising).
On the Adult Swim site you can catch a clip from Robot Chicken featuring Michael Moore interviewing a washed up Lion-O from Thundercats (remember them? I happen to be wearing my Thundercats shirt today!). Too funny, though definitely adult.
It's probably a good thing my less-than-basic cable doesn't have Cartoon Network. I'd be taking the adult swim every night. But bring on the DVDs!TV)
Bill Nye the Science Guy has a new show, "Eye to Eye with Bill Nye." In a recent interview he reveals that he liked to play ultimate frisbee in college and why he wears bow ties:
"I wore straight ties the first couple times, and then I got this thing going and I started wearing bow ties. Cuz, I'm not joking with you: If you're working with liquid nitrogen and your tie falls into it, it's funny in a way to the audience but it's also—pun intended—a little bit of a pain in the neck."
He also gets into religion:
"Along with this resurgence or embracing of fundamental Christianity is this rejection of science. And that's bad. ... I like to regard myself as someone who's capable of critical thought, that is to say who can evaluate claims. When I go to Dinosaur National Monument and look at the hillside there that's under a pavilion built by the Woodrow Wilson administration, when I look at the dinosaur bones accumulated there, I cannot accept the idea that the Earth is 10,000 years old and that we were put here just as we are. That is not reasonable to me. That this divine being or something put these things here to test me? Created all of radio chemistry—that is the potassium argon dating of volcanic soil—created all this just to fool me? ... I believe that [people who believe these things] haven't been well enough educated in the process of science and the generally accepted—for lack of a better term—truths about the universe, about nature."