April 24, 2012

For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)

Hey kiddos.  As you're all well aware, my interests are varied, to say the least.  I also write for a movie blog, The Movie Advocate.  I recently kicked up my game with writing about movies, and now there will be a bit of a flood of reviews over there with my name on it.  I'll be simul-posting those short and sweet reviews here too, but I don't want anyone to think I'm going to stop writing about music, and posting mixtapes.  Those will, hopefully, also become more frequent.  So, here we go.  The first series is a collection of short write-ups (emphasis on short, we're all busy, right?) on documentaries I've seen recently.  Also, I get a lot of great music e-mailed to me, so keep it coming! 
Simul-posted here: The Movie Advocate

For the Bible Tells Me So 
A doc which focuses on Christianity's relative intolerance when it comes to the question of homosexuality.  There are touching interviews with Christian parents of gay children, and with the gay children in question.  I appreciated that they had a fairly diverse group, in that some parents still don't accept or even tolerate their child's homosexuality.  Obviously the families that completely cut out their child aren't represented in the movie, because the point of this movie isn't to bring you down, it's to serve as a beacon of hope for people who may be going through a similar struggle with their own families.

The stories range from uplifting to disturbing as we're guided through the daily lives of not only the parents of the gay children, but the children's lives as well.  The movie has a great message, but there is somewhat of a problem with it, in that the movie has no real distinct audience.  It seems evident to me that the people who need to be swayed to the opinion that homosexuality is not a choice wouldn't ever choose to watch it, and the people who already think gay people are actually people really won't get much out of it, because it's a message they already agree with.

That said, it is nice to have something on record. Something that boldly, if calmly, stands up for gay rights.  If anything, this movie is for the people who may be on the fence about homosexuality.  And while I can envision a scenario where a fence-sitter is swayed to believe that gay people are all right, I can also see a showing of this turn into an explosive situation, with that person falling to the hateful side of the fence, spouting off about the "gay agenda."  Even with that possibility, I'm proud of my fellow humans for putting their voice out there, and at least mentioning that the stories in this movie have happened.

April 20, 2012

Flashbulb Fires CD release show

Hey Kiddos,

A fellow Denver band, Flashbulb Fires, is releasing an album come mid-May. They let me listen to their album a few weeks ago, and I have to say it's rather good.  Even on the first listen, their integrity and professionalism shines through.  These guys really believe in what they're doing.  It was more relaxed than I had expected, but just as genuine as I'd hoped.   You can stream both their newest and what appears to be their first record over at their website, but here's a track I found rather enjoyable:

Flashbulb Fires - I Beat My Body Down

April 8, 2012

SLM Mixtape: #13: Peripatetic

1) Phoenix - Martina Topley Bird
2) Glory To The World - El Perro Del Mar
3) Fire - Sister Irene O'Connor
4) Hollow - Sonic Adventure Project
5) The Future - Austra
6) Day To Day - The Ting Tings
7) Mother - The Golden Filter
8) Playing House - Active Child

Also, I'm going to take a week off of work next week, and watch movies for 10 days straight.  So I decided to finally finish up my reviews of the movies I watch the last time I did that.  I'll update the new reviews for Tuff Fest II on both this blog and the movie blog I contribute to, but, for now, read the start of the last of my reviews of the movies I watched last time:


April 7, 2012

The Case NOT Against Titanic 3D

simul-posted here: http://www.themovieadvocate.com/

I haven't seen Titanic since I was a teenager.  I watched it with my mother, which, if you remember a certain shirtless scene, was incredibly awkward and I mostly blocked it out.  So I have no idea if I thought it was a good movie.  I also have no strong inclination to see it again, 3D or not, so I may never know whether or not I would like it.  But whether or not I like it is irrelevant when discussing whether or not it should have been re-released with added bits that make it appear to pop from the screen, so you can really "sympathize" with the plummeting passengers...

April 2, 2012

SLM Mixtape: #12: the thing.

1) Post-War Blues - Dan Mangan
2) I Think I Might Have Built A Horse - The Beets
3) My Dream Girl Don't Exist (Live) - Neutral Milk Hotel
4) My God, My God - Micah P. Hinson
5) Electric - Deer Tick
6) Bad Ritual - Timber Timbre
7) Moving on - Sam Craig
8) Yellow Moon - The Knew