Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pope John Paul II

My wife and I watched the made-for-television movie about Pope John Paul II. It was not bad at all for a made for TV film. As far as I could tell, it was not only historically accurate, it contained a lot of true to life actual events--i.e. the film is actually a good source of information about the pope. The only criticism I have is that the death of his mother then brother then father, from what I understand, made perhaps a bigger impression on him than anything else in his life, but the film doesn't really go there other than portraying sadness at his father's death. Also, there is a quasi-romance in the movie that I don't think ever actually happened.

It did an excellent job of showing his love of Poland. It also hit on his strong beliefs in controversial areas--of course I agree with him on all those areas!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's a Wonderful Life: Support a Mom and Pop's this Christmas

Somebody somewhere said that It's a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz were opposites with the former being a pro-capitalist film and the latter being anti-capitalist.

I think that It's a Wonderful Life makes for an anti-capitalist cautionary tale. The way things are with George Bailey never having existed is the world Capitalism creates. Of course, whether you agree with me may depend on your definition of Capitalism.

"All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." --Edmund Burke