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Bullet Sunday 323

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Dave!Don't think the Easter Bunny can stop the power of the blog... because Bullet Sunday starts now...

   
• The Bible! Whether you believe in The Bible or not, you have to admit there are some really good stories in there. And, while the good book has been plundered for entertainment fodder many, many times over the years... somebody is always thinking they can do a better job. This time it's Survivor creator Mark Burnett and his wife, Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey (who cast herself as the Virgin Mary, natch). This ten-part mini-series airing on The History Channel is called The Bible, and I have to say that it's pretty darn good. The stories are relatively true to the source material, are easy to follow, are shot beautifully with good special effects, and features a capable cast. Including Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus...

The Bible Jesus

And President Barack Obama as Satan...

The Bible Satan

No... wait a second... that's a guy named Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who "just happens" to bear a resemblance to President Obama. Everybody involved is saying it's just a crazy coincidence but, considering Ouazanni has fairly pale skin and looks quite different in real life (based on Google Image Search results I've found), that may be a bit of a stretch.

Oh well. As I said, overall I enjoyed the series, and the finale which aired tonight was darn fine television. If I had a bone to pick, it's that I think some very interesting points from these Bible stories were glossed over or changed so they could focus on amping up the stuff they considered to be "more dramatic." That's kind of a shame, because they didn't really need to do that... The Bible has plenty of good drama without going over the top. For example, Matthew (one of my favorite characters in The Bible) was severely short-changed. The guy was a tax collector that had all kinds of wealth and power, yet he gave it all up without so much as a blink for a life of poverty just because Jesus asked him to! That's pretty ballsy, and they really should have given the guy more screen time... or at least made you feel the sacrifice he made while taking a literal leap of faith.

I dunno... I've studied The Bible extensively but, since I'm not a Christian, perhaps my viewpoint on things wouldn't have been the best approach. I just think the show would have been better served if they spent a little more time on important details instead of dozens of shots of Roma Downey's face either in shock or crying. Anyway... I highly recommend The Bible for both it's excellent production and entertainment values... even if you're a non-believer like me.

   
• Do It! Today is World Backup Day!

World BackUp Day!

Have you made sure your data is backed up and your restores are working? No? Well, you should probably do that soon. Data is a terrible thing to waste.

   
• Delta! I'm about as big a fan of Depeche Mode as it gets... but, anymore, I don't even know what I'm listening to. I can appreciate that a band needs to grow and change, but I don't like their latest album, Delta Machine, because it's simply not the band I know...

Delta Machine Album Cover

Everything they released up through Songs of Faith and Devotion was genius. Ultra was a bit of a misstep, but still excellent. Then things went terribly wrong. Exciter was truly awful. Then the band kinda redeemed themselves with Playing the Angel and Sounds of the Universe because I could actually enjoy the music on them (for the most part). Now they've gone completely off the rails again. I have a feeling that what comes next will be the breaking point for me. Kind of scary for a band I've loved for over 30 years now.

   
• iCloud! For the most part, I am a total Apple Whore who loves everything the company puts out with a fiery passion. Unfortunately, there are lapses in my faith from time to time. One of the biggest? It's the massive failure that is Apple's "iCloud" service. It is truly a pile of shit that does not work very well. As if that weren't bad enough, it is LESS CAPABLE than the service it replaced, "MobileMe," because it can't even sync your frickin' keychain data. With each passing day I despise it more, and pray to Steve Jobs that they will finally fix the steamer. So far nothing. And it's getting so bad that even Apple developers are staying away. This article has an excellent summary of just how bad the situation it.

   
And now? I need a chocolate bunny. Happy Easter to all who celebrate the holiday.

Comments

  1. martymankins says:

    There are some definite downers for songs on the new Depeche Mode album, but there’s enough for me to like the album, even though I am in agreement with your statement above about albums through Songs of Faith and Devotion and Playing The Angel.

    I’m glad to see we have a Backup Day. Of course, there should be one every month, which would help a lot of people out, needing reminders to plug in their Time Machine drives (or as I do in addition to Time Machine, run Carbon Copy Cloner)

  2. I liked “The Bible” as well, though watching it caused me to miss the last few “Walking Dead” episodes (except during commercials for “The Bible”). And no, we don’t have a DVR or whatever they’re called.

  3. Long time Depeche Mode fans are clearly disappointed in the direction they’ve taken. And as you know, I count myself amongst them. It’s a shame really. I’m going to leave you with a quote from a friend of mine: “The DM that produced the trilogy of Black Celebration, Music For The Masses, and Violator is the girlfriend I want to remember and not the one she became.” Which just about sums it up for me.

  4. Mary Sue says:

    Huh, that’s interesting. I think you’re the only person I know who actually liked “The Bible” miniseries. Of course, everyone else I know who watched it is a Christian and they were mostly peeved that it didn’t hold to the source material very well, that everyone in the area that’s now Iran was apparently white, almost every woman in the Bible was left out, completely ignored the fact that Jesus and the disciples were Jewish and messed up a lot of the Jewish traditions, and most importantly, Jesus was some hippie yoga instructor instead of the dude who said (in Aramaic of course), “Did I effin’ STUTTER?! Seventy times seven, y’all.”

    Two of the best commentaries on this by Biblical scholars I’ve seen are this one by Dave Gamble and this one by Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney.

    • Dave2 says:

      Oh I don’t doubt it! I’m sure many, many Christians bitch about the “accuracy” of the show just so they can announce to everybody what a “true” Christian they are… despite the fact that “The Bible” is a fairly positive commentary on their faith, which is getting to be a rare thing now-a-days. I find this fascinating for many reasons but, the biggest being that The Bible is a massive, massive tome. In order to provide the broad scope of the show, stuff is going to have to be left out. As I said, I don’t necessarily agree with the choices they made… I would have gone a different direction and hit on the smaller notes so that the big moments were better supported… but that didn’t diminish my overall appreciation of the series. They latched on to today’s Bible-influenced vernacular again and again and built around it (my favorite being “Thomas, don’t be such a doubter!”) which was very smart. “The Bible” was a show constructed to remind people that The Bible is a story they already know… whether they realize it or not… and, from that perspective, they succeeded. I think a lot of people watching the show will be left wanting more and turn to The Bible to get it, which was the show’s biggest strength.

      In the end, Hollywood is Hollywood, no matter what story you’re telling… which is why everybody has perfectly white teeth and women and minorities get the shaft. In that respect, the show was a failure for being so typical, but that stopped surprising me a long time ago. The good news is, like I said, that there’s always somebody who’s going to come along and think they can do it better. Maybe next time the story of Sexy Hippie Yoga Instructor Jesus will leave behind the Hollywood cliches and make more Christians happy. You never can tell.

      • Mind Of Mine says:

        When, I read a book, and then watch the movie adaption. I always foam at the mouth, when its portrayed incorrectly.

        However, I don’t do it, to prove how good a christian I am. I do it out of disappointment that the director, didn’t follow it exactly how I imagined. To the finest detail. Including casting me.

  5. I haven’t been happy with the first song I heard off the new DM album, “Heaven”. It didn’t even sound like Dave singing to me. And the video is quite… lacking. *sigh*

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