Monthly Archives: February 2014

The ‘Son of God’ movie gave us the swaggiest Jesus ever seen on the silver screen

It’s not easy creating a Jesus movie and having it be real good. Especially since the story of Jesus has so many layers to it, you can’t cover all of them in a film. And since the last major motion Jesus film came out 10 years ago (“The Passion of the Christ”) it was a big deal to see how this one would do.

With that said, I have been a major critic of how Jesus has been portrayed in film in the past. In fact, I am fascinated about how the world views Him. So entering into this film, I was afraid that the Jesus we were going to get would be a boring one like the many ones we’ve seen in movies past. Instead, this Jesus had an edge to him, a swag that I wasn’t ready to see. And because of this, this was the side of Jesus in film that I had never seen before.

As mentioned earlier, there were a lot of things from Jesus’ life that could not be fit into the movie. His baptism, various miracles were delegated to the ending credits. The movie was told from the perspective of the apostle John and throughout the entire movie, a follower named Mary (not Martha’s sister, possibly Magdalene?) actually hung out with Jesus along with the 12 disciples. (I guess total factual accuracies were sacrificed to make the Hollywood film, well, Hollywood.) Throughout the first part of the movie, it feels that they had to condense and rush through some key miracles and messages before they got to the Last Supper — but it’s understandable. But I was impressed with one scene from it.

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Raiders owner: 2014 is Oakland’s ‘last chance’ to keep team

Samuel:

Good. Move the Raiders away. They are the reason why the A’s struggle and can’t get a new stadium. All they do is just hog up the place. Go away.

Originally posted on SI Wire:

This could be the last season the Oakland Raiders play in O.co Coliseum. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

2014 could be the last season the Raiders play in O.co Coliseum, which seats 64,000 fans. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said the team could be leaving Oakland soon if he doesn’t see some progress with plans to build a new stadium.

The team’s lease at O.co Coliseum expired after this past season, but the team agreed to a one-year extension to stay in town.

The Raiders first played in the stadium from 1966-1981 and have been there since 1995 when the team moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles.

 “I don’t want to call it a last-ditch effort, but it does seem to be the last chance that Oakland is going to get,” Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We can’t continue to play in that stadium, with the baseball field and all of that stuff.”

Colony Capital LLC, a real estate firm, said last year it…

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In one month, my bobblehead project is revived with Jim Johnson

In one month I’ll get my supplies back and I’ll work on this. I hope by then we’ll officially know his number so I can paint it on.

This might feature that new green alt and cap. We’ll see.

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Happy birthday, George Harrison!

You’re the best!

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The True Identity of Andy’s Mom In “Toy Story” Will Blow Your Mind

Samuel:

WHAT???? I want to be convinced this theory works but I don’t know of her reaction when she sees Jessie again. She never said “I had one like that as a kid” or anything of that sort.

Originally posted on Jon Negroni:

It all started with a hat.

Several months ago, one of my anonymous Pixar Theory Interns (that’s a thing on a resume) came to me with a crazy proposition: Andy’s mom is Emily, Jessie’s previous owner.

I laughed. I then agreed.

For some time, I compiled all of the evidence and found some incredible support for this theory. For one thing, take a close look at Andy’s cowboy hat he frequently wears in the movies:

Andy's Hat

Here’s another close look:

Andy's Hat

As you can see, Andy’s hat is noticeably different from Woody’s. Why is this? Why wouldn’t Andy want to wear a hat that closely resembles the one worn by his favorite toy?

It’s no secret that Andy has a close connection with Woody. In Toy Story 2, his mom (who we only know as Ms. Davis) mentions that Woody is an old family toy.

Remember that Woody doesn’t even recall that…

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BuzzFeed has a quiz about which of Jesus’ disciple you are — it’s as stupid as it sounds

First of all, that happened. There’s been a craze of quizzes from Buzzfeed lately. Which Beatle are you? Which ice cream are you? Which 19th century poet are you?

These are all fun and stuff, but when did this fun quiz decide going into a major religion was a good idea?

Apparently, I am not the only one to think that.

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Matthew McConaughey on ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: ‘Damn Right This Is a Great Time in My Career’

Samuel:

This guy is balling out of control right now. “Dallas Buyers Club” is great and “True Detective” is gripping.

Originally posted on Variety:

It may not be to most actors’ tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.

“For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!” the actor says.

Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to reject big mainstream movies, ultimately in favor of gritty roles in independent films, represents a dramatic career shift –— and has garnered widespread recognition — for the 44-year-old Texas-born father of three.

His performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as the real-life Ron Woodroof, a homophobic good ol’ boy who became a health crusader after being diagnosed with AIDS, smuggling life-saving drugs into the U.S. for himself and fellow patients, has earned him top honors at the Golden Globes and SAG awards, and brought him his first Oscar nomination.

It is one of several complicated characters that McConaughey has boldly portrayed recently — from the hard-edged drifter…

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The Prodigal Son’s Father

The warm embrace of a father.

Probably one of the most famous parables from Jesus is called “The Prodigal Son” and it’s a great story because it is about forgiveness despite screwups. You can read the story right here.

This story is so well-known that a lot of people identify with the prodigal son because we have fallen away from our father, gone out and wasted everything out of selfishness and have been left unhappy and lost. Of course, the story shows us that when we return to our father, hoping to be accepted again, our father welcomes us back with open arms.

It always seems to me that story focuses so much on the son, and the reaction and sermons are so focused on the son, that I always feel that the main character of the entire story is not talked about a lot. Even though we identify with the son, it’s the father that should be talked about a little more.

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I’m discovering that there is a new Mew single that has been out for months

Mew is in my top 5 favorite bands of all time and this single apparently has been in the works since last June and been out in about for a few months now.

Listen to it. You will love it. I love it.

I must see them in concert again. Their new album is in the works and should be out soon. I can’t wait!

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Missouri students block Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of Michael Sam

Samuel:

Good.

Originally posted on For The Win:

On Saturday, the Westboro Baptist Church came to the University of Missouri’s game against Tennessee to protest football player Michael Sam’s announcement earlier this week that he is gay.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest former Missouri Tiger and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam at the corner of Stadium Blvd. and Providence in Columbia. (Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports)

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church protest former Missouri Tiger and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam at the corner of Stadium Blvd. and Providence in Columbia. (Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports)

Students at the university, many of them wearing “Stand with Sam” pins, formed a human wall to block off the extremist group.

Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

It’s just one of many shows of support that the student body has shown for the SEC Defensive Player of the Year since his announcement last Sunday.

Inside the basketball game…

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