Wednesday, April 21, 2010

From Travolta with love

Sheesh, an Imdb rating of 6.5 was tooooooooo generous for a movie that had no aesthetics -  It was shot in the romantic capital of the world after all! When I hear Paris, I want to see and feel Paris.

John definitely looks bad strange without a head of hair.(So did Bruce Willis anyway. Makes me wonder about George Clooney hmmm)
This was the guy that made many a teenage gal's heart go aflutter in Grease and Saturday night fever. I mean Grease was like the ultimate high school movie back in the days[High school was in the nineties but we loved it still!]: the dancing, the hormone heated songs ‘Reproduction', the tight jeans, the Cadillac! and John combing back that cowlick*lick lips*
I must admit that he’s still got a lot of moves for a fifty six yr old. He never pulled off his clothes so i'm not sure the body looked as good…and you’ll know male actors; if it still looked good he would have flaunted it.
Anyways by the 70th min, I was yet to identify the bad guy or the purpose of all the gun flicking. I don’t think the producers were sure too cos they made sure we never heard it. There was always some gun battle going on which made conversation impossible. The only time Charles Wax tried explaining it to James we heard it through James high on Coke fuzzy head. Even the speech le finale(you know there's always that last bit of time b4 the coúp de grace where bad guy explains his reason for wanting to destroy the world!) was not worthy of 90mins of film reel. The bad guy admittedly was a good surprise and the movie surely reinforced all our ideas about terrorists -  they are Pakistani, Muslim, have hearts of stone, and always ready to give their life for the cause. *cough*

It had its good bits but please watch only when you have borrowed freely from a friend like moi.
*hiss* what’s with the reviewers on imdb asking for a possible sequel??????

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Aal iz well with Bollywood!

It seems I’m developing a thing for Indian movies. They are cool man!
 I was still under the impression that Indian movies were of the snake girl variety but was I wrong!

The love theme still runs strong in every genre be it thriller, horror, romcom with the accompanying song, dance and choreography. But its evolved and gone notches higher.
Some of the songs are Grammy material……serious.
The clarity of the movies I mean Bollywood and Nollywood are like eons apart in directing and production. Even the stories are much more modern now but still managing to keep the best of Indian tradition and culture. If not for the language restriction, Bollywood could be giving Hollywood a run for their money. Okay this is a must enthusiastic Bollywood just come review. Maybe if I watch it the way they churn them out I would be sick and tired of the singing and dancing lol.
There’s a lesson for Nollywood, how come we are yet to get the camera lighting/shooting right? What sort of equipment is used to get the pictures and colors so sharp? The make up so perfect? The skin so smooth?

Ours rudely show up all the lines and wrinkles and zits. The only requisites for celebrity/star status are great acting and flawless looks [not necessarily in that order]. If I don’t feel that you are way much beautifuller then me, or have this great talent in acting/singing/dancing please please why would you want me to think of you as special? Nollywood make up is so bad I could do much better. So how in the world do you want me to see Eucharia Ajunobi tomorrow and run and ask for her autograph. sheesh.
That’s why Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola, Stephanie are incomparables in Nollywood. They’ve got that star quality.

Anyway back to Bollywood. The best of the picks so far:

Wanted: Great action movie.
Ishqiya: about a widow plotting revenge on her supposed to be ‘dead’ husband
Accident on Hill road: You have got a Visa to leave for UK and abandon your dead end job then you have an accident 2 days before it. Talk about people behaving badly under pressure. I actually hated the lead actress for her deadly desperateness but could also relate to it somehow.
Pyaar Impossible: Is it possible to give love a chance despite how s/he looks or dresses?
Do knot disturb: The comic adventures of a man, his wife and his mistress.
3 Idiots: Beautiful. Just watch it. It has its clichés and could have done without that labor scene err the Al iz well baby response, but i enjoyed every bit of it. Wish more parents could watch it!

I am sold. More please!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Peace and Forgiveness

I am a rosary praying, Mother Mary loving, confession going catholic girl. I’ve been a catholic for the past three decades of my life and I’m going to remain there for the next 70 yrs..
I love the traditions of the church; there’s nothing that compares to the peace found in kneeling before Jesus in the blessed sacrament on the altar, singing hymns that are 200 yrs old, The uniformity found in all masses be it in Europe, Alaska, Australia, Africa. I think Africa probably has the most lively Masses. Can’t hold the African man down!

I have always loved the Priests I have been blessed to meet in Mass or in confession. Some were wonderful, some struggle with obvious sins like the rest of us. Nobody said it was easy. The priesthood despite the political drama people have attribute to it is a Holy Calling. Priests are not made in a day. Many started in the various seminaries but dropped out [voluntarily or otherwise]before the final profession because it was ascertained that they couldn’t stand the emotional and physical rigours it demanded. A priest always had a choice. So when he made his vows he knew what he was taking on….
After all if we accept that in the institution of marriage that man and woman must remain faithful to one another forever, why do we find it difficult to understand or accept a man/woman who has chosen Jesus forever and ever? Enough said.

I have been taught and come to believe that the church is the body of Christ. And we all make up that body: Pope, Priest, Catechumen, Lay apostolate serving our different functions with CHRIST as the Head.

In this present times, the body of Christ is hurting and I can’t sleep for the hurts. For the pain of the victims of sexual abuse. The little children who came to seek God and rather found pain; their innocence ripped from them.
And I hurt for these priests who had been given such a great and sacred responsibility and have failed so  badly.
Each headline with the tag: abuse, catholic, pope, Vatican, priest, boys, hits me like a whip. I close my eyes and turn the page willing myself not to read then steal back to read it..feeling its better to know what is going on. Better to know each new allegation. And maybe that’s why the reactions of Catholics has looked so negative. You can’t claim to be separate from what is happening.

I try to put myself in the shoes of these now adult kids who were abused, or their parents or siblings and I know I would have been baying for the priest’s blood.
Then I put myself in the shoes in the Pope/Cardinal Ratzinger 14 years ago and I wonder…Would I have thought these were my choices then:
Silence the matter and save the loss of faith of the larger congregation/lose the few of the abused OR
Expose the sin and save the few and maybe loose the larger congregation

The second choice would have been the most painful but it would have been the redeeming of the church. Now it all looks like some cover up worthy of the FBI. Did he think it was the body of Christ protecting the weak links? Maybe But we know what happens in Science don’t we? The weak parts, the genetic irregularities usually becomes the source of festering sores which end up spreading to other parts. Maybe if priests knew there was a zero tolerance for sexual abuse they would have tried harder to flee from the sin.

I accept that the Pope is infallible so I shall not deign to proffer advice him, but the way forward must include a zero tolerance for sexual laxity/impropriety. Priesthood has always been a choice. If you can't take it, leave and don’t surly the image of the priesthood.
[I just thought of something I should investigate… Who terminates a priest? Himself or the Pope? Because come to think of it, the oath was to God, and we the witnesses are bound by the familiar clause 'what God has joined together, no man should put asunder. That term is a most serious promise in the Catholic church. I do think thats why the church finds it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo difficult to terminate a marriage? They don’t want to be the man that puts the union asunder. So is it the same in the priesthood? Is that why its not easy to 'defrock' a priest? Well, let me go do some digging..or if you know pls tell me]

I have noticed an inclusion of a prayer for Priests this last 2 months in Masses. I have no issues with that. But I also wished we added a prayer for people who have been abused. That they don’t lose their way forever. That they find renewed faith in their neighbors. That they find peace and redemption in God.

What would Jesus do?
I think he would have knelt before them and held them close and asked them to forgive. To let go. But in these cynical times, I don’t doubt that forgiveness will be gained with a lovely sum in claims too.

This post was inspired by the posts linked below. This post does not claim to represent the views and opinions of any other catholic faithful in this article except that of Ginger.

p.s. Seems my guess about the Cardinal's reasoning was spot on. He says that 'The good of the universal church needed to be considered in any defrocking'.


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