Blue Like Jazz - The movie
Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:26 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:02 AM
I'm desperately hoping it somehow makes it's way to Canada, otherwise, I guess I'll have to wait until I can snag a DVD copy online.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:06 AM
Edited by Overstreet, 16 April 2012 - 01:10 AM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:15 AM
Well, Josh's 2.5-star review got a 0-star meta-review of its own, from Jonathan Martin, an emergent-church pastor and prolific blogger in North Carolina. What Martin lacks in thoughtfulness he strives to make up for in verbosity:
I don't see any place on Martin's blog to leave comments (maybe I have to subscribe first?), which smacks a bit of "can dish, but can't take" to me ... anyway, that's why I'm writing here.
Edited by mrmando, 16 April 2012 - 01:45 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:33 AM
I agree with that. The movie is clunky. I don't fault detractors for dismissing it outright for this reason - but there's much there of worth if you're open to it. You have to look past the film's faults, and if you do, there's some stuff there you simply won't find anywhere else in the history of cinema. And sometimes, good can actually be better than perfect. There's something about the whole clunky package that works for me.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 04:50 AM
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:01 PM
I thought the empathy the character of Don offers to his lesbian friend when she needed comfort was touching and pretty daring for a Christian filmmaker to tackle. And I thought the conclusion in the confession booth was well done, not overwritten, but offering enough space to show Don struggling to communicate, yet offering empathy.
In his films, I think Steve Taylor is developing into a thoughtful commentator on issues within Christian evangelicism, whether it's the race relations issue of Second Chance or the exploration of a postmodern Christianity in Blue Like Jazz. I am looking forward to where he goes from here, and hope he can refine his craft while hopefully finding a more intelligent example of traditional yet intellectual Christianity to explore how Christianity and American culture will be shaped in the upcoming years.
Edited by Crow, 16 April 2012 - 06:09 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:27 PM
Josh is a big boy and can take care of himself, and normally I think the best response to these sorts of personal comments/criticisms is to shrug them off/ignore them. I would like to say, though, in regards to the following comment
What I do fault CT for is the inconsistency (I bit my tongue not to say hypocrisy) of being more generous with [....]
that it would be really, really difficult for me to overstate the degree of my disdain for those people, Christians in particular, who practice the rhetorical move "I bit my tongue to not say..." or "I am tempted to call it..." etc. I am tempted to say what I think of people who use this rhetorical move but I will, instead, just say that if I were made emperor of the Internet for a day I think I would pass a law that anyone who uses that rhetorical move is sentenced to read Screwtape Letters a hundred times before he or she can make another post.
Edited by kenmorefield, 16 April 2012 - 08:32 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:10 PM
If I were given to vulgarity I'd say that people who use paraleipsis the way Jonathan Martin does are usually full of shit.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:14 PM
As opposed to fake condoms?
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:28 PM
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:32 AM
Baffled, I replied like so:
To be continued...
Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:43 AM