Heading off for a two-night biz trip so blogging will be light to nonexistent. I’m still shaking my head at how common sense would allow the VP debate moderator to be the author of a hagiography of Obama or how anyone can defend such a thing with a straight face. One can scarcely imagine the outcry if said moderator were, say, a hunting buddy of Sarah Palin’s or a Vietnam POW who’d recently written nice things about McCain.
It all fits to Thomas Sowell’s theory that there are two definitions of ‘justice’ (or, by extension, ‘fair play’): the one says it’s about a proper, fair process (regardless of outcome), the other says it’s about achieving the ‘proper’ outcome (regardless of process). This also goes to the two theories of the media: on the one hand, that even the most biased people can be ‘fair and balanced’ and thus have a right to advertise themselves as such (impossible IMHO); the other that we are all biased, that being so we cannot fully recognize our bias, and so nobody can claim to be unbiased; rather, the only way to fair reporting is to have a true diversity of opinion in play.
But I digress.
The main thing I wanted to get out before I dash to the plane is a recommendation that anyone who is married, happily married, unhappily married, thinking about getting married, thinking about getting separated or divorced, and/or who was once married and/or who knows and loves someone who is in one of the aforementioned categories should go see Fireproof. Soon. A guy friend and I went to see it last night and, without shame, went through half a box of Kleenex between us. (I challenge anyone not to get teary at some of the more emotionally wrenching scenes — and there are several. Chuck Colson’s team agrees.) Think of it as a chick-flick that either gender could get into. The trailer will give you a good sense of it. It’s running nationwide at the moment but will probably go to DVD soon.
The movie stars Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains). Despite being filmed with an all-volunteer cast and an at-cost, mostly-volunteer crew in Albany, Georgia, it’s towards the high end of the ‘B’ movie range and competes quite well with some supposedly A-quality Hollywood productions. Much more on the movie and the burgeoning ministry/industry surrounding it. If you’ve ever read any of the Mars/Venus books, this one’s for you.
Only caveat, and this is not in the least an apology: It’s got scripture in it. And Bibles. No actual church scenes, but a big honkin’ wooden cross shows up several times. Did I mention it was big? It would probably stay intact and not tip over if they actually nailed someone to it, as they once did. (As long as that person wasn’t a linebacker for the Chicago Bears). They also mention Jesus. And God. It was produced by the Sherwood Baptist Church (which has also produced other movies) however as a nominal Methodist, seeing it with a Catholic friend, neither of us thought the theology was particularly heavy denominationally speaking.
If all that stuff bothers you (God, Jesus, Bibles, crosses), I challenge you to go see it anyway. (Hint: that stuff bothers the main character too; he gets over it.) Yeah, it’s got its hokey bits. Most movies do. They didn’t interfere. And most of the comic relief sequences were hilarious in a clean, guffawing kind of way — the way humor used to be before it got confused with gutter-mouth. What ‘PG’ used to mean when I was a kid. And on a practical level, anyone can grab a good idea or two about how to revitalize their marriage.
The firefighting sequences were truly dramatic and resonated in some rather sophisticated metaphorical ways with the larger message. They also made good use of peripheral characters. Being amateurs, they seemed far more real than many professional actors playing real people, if that makes sense — a whole lot more real than most of the reality shows on TV recently.
Oh, and there were some plot twists. I can usually see such things coming. Both of these took me by surprise. Gotta go catch a plane. Be nice, y’all!