The Nativity Story opens today!! I hope it is good, I canâ€™t wait to see it! I love rewarding Hollywood when they get it right, as I hope they have done with this movie. Another movie opening this month that we are interested in seeng is The Pursuit of Happyness, the new Will Smith movie based on a true story.
Apocalypto, Mel Gibsonâ€™s latest, we will pass on. I want to support Mel because of the courage and conviction it took to make The Passion, but I just canâ€™t with this movie. It sounds like a violent gore fest from beginning to end, the point of which is ??? In The Passion, there was a point to the violence: redemption. In The End of the Spear, there was a point to the violence: redemption. It sounds like there is no point to Apocalyptoâ€™s violence, other than maybe proving that Mel Gibson wonâ€™t be pigeon-holded doing namby pamby Christian movies for the rest of his life? I donâ€™t know, but please give me a good namby pamby movie, crafted with intelligence and beauty and strength. Please. It doesnâ€™t even have to be labeled â€œChristian.â€ Hollywood used to do those, remember Hollywood? Remember Meet John Doe, with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck? With nary a Santa in sight, but a stirring reminder of the true meaning of Christmas right at the climax of the movie?
Thank goodness for DVD. We will be watching Meet John Doe, The Bishopâ€™s Wife, Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life, and Muppetsâ€™ Christmas Carol at home, and skip the Christmas without Christ â€œholidayâ€ movies in theaters, with the requisite bathroom humor and blood and gore, all together.