Prophet Joseph — episodes thirteen and fourteen

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Synopsis. Zuleikha takes Joseph to the temple of Amon. Malek tries to follow them but is stopped by the temple guards. The priests of Amon perform an “awakening” ceremony, in which they wash and clothe the statue of Amon and carry it outside to be worshiped by the public. Joseph asks how Amon can possibly take care of Egyptians when so many people have to take care of Amon. Back at home, Zuleikha tells Potiphar she didn’t know how to answer Joseph’s questions, so Potiphar says he will take Joseph to the temple instead — but once he gets there with Joseph, he reveals that he actually wants Joseph to see the greed and corruption of the priests. A priest of Amon drives his chariot recklessly through the streets. Potiphar stops him, and even briefly clashes swords with him, and then Potiphar reports the incident to the Pharaoh. Joseph asks if he can become physically brave like Potiphar, so Potiphar takes him to someone who starts training him with wooden swords.

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A few quick notes on Tim Chey’s David and Goliath

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I missed David and Goliath when it played in American theatres last year, and I never got around to renting it when it came out on video. (I certainly wasn’t going to buy it!) But it’s streaming on Netflix now, so I figured I had no excuse not to watch it any more. And what can I say? It’s a hilariously awful film, even on its own terms, i.e. the director’s stated intent to make a film that is “biblically correct in every way”.

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Box office: X-Men, Alice sequels top the box office but have softer openings than expected

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Two big sequels had smaller openings than expected at the box office this week.

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Review: Alice through the Looking Glass (dir. James Bobin, 2016)

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By now it’s a given that the Alice movies, like the Jason Bourne movies, won’t have much to do with the books they’re based on even as they use the same titles in the same sequence. The main question to ask is how the new film compares to the old one, and — although I haven’t seen Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland since it came out six years ago — I’m inclined to say that Alice through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin, is marginally better, though admittedly it had a very low bar to clear.

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X-Men: Apocalypse and the legend of Nimrod’s arrows

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Warning: There are some mild spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse here.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes eleven and twelve

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Synopsis. Honifer the chamberlain shows Joseph around the palace and introduces him to the servants who make papyrus, pottery, linen, food, and more. They come across two guards who have been arrested as suspects in the theft of some jewelry. Joseph tricks the guilty guard into confessing his crime, prompting some observers to marvel that Joseph is not only beautiful but smart, too. Meanwhile, Malek — who wants to rescue Joseph and send him back to Jacob — says goodbye to his caravan as it leaves Egypt for Babylon. In Canaan, Jacob and his five-year-old son Benjamin meet a wolf who informs them that Joseph was not killed by wolves, no matter what the other sons of Jacob say. Back in Egypt, Joseph offends the priests in Potiphar’s palace by saying that they should get no more food than the other palace residents do.

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