Risen on Blu-Ray: some quick notes on the bonus features


It took a while for my review copy to arrive, but I finally had a chance to check out the bonus features on the Risen Blu-Ray. Here are a few quick thoughts on them.

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Box office: Mutant turtles and superheroes lead a weak week


Out with the old mutants, in with the new.

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Flashback: My 1997 interview with Leon Gast, director of the Muhammad Ali documentary When We Were Kings


Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away Friday at the age of 74. I never met him, but nearly two decades ago I did a phone interview with Leon Gast, the director of the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings, which covered the legendary ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ when Ali fought George Foreman in Zaire in 1974.

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Sam Worthington walks with God in the poster for The Shack


A couple days late to this, but better late than never. Lionsgate has released a poster for The Shack, Stuart Hazeldine’s upcoming adaptation of the best-selling novel about a grieving father who is visited by the three Persons of the Trinity.

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Prophet Joseph — episodes thirteen and fourteen


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


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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