Long weekend: Seven hours on the road for junior football games on Saturday, soccer game Sunday afternoon, marching band performance at football game Friday night. Monday is here. Celebrate good times.
I find this significant. B16 isn’t exactly a guy who flits with the political climate and popular Hollywood causes. I also find it interesting that it might be a “moral” cause, thereby bringing it, at least semantically, within the purview of “faith and morals,” areas in which the Pope has the highest level of authority. We’ll see where it goes:
The Pope is expected to use his first address to the United Nations to deliver a powerful warning over climate change in a move to adopt protection of the environment as a “moral” cause for the Catholic Church and its billion-strong following.
The San Francisco Chronicle isn’t exactly known for prudish slants, so this review of Good Luck Chuck is particularly stunning. Excerpts:
Pity the poor moviegoer who watches the commercials for “Good Luck Chuck,” mistakes it for a light romantic comedy, and takes his prudish grandmother to the theater. There are at least two dozen graphic, profanity-filled and occasionally violent sex scenes in the film. The picture ends with Dane Cook thinking up different ways to pleasure a stuffed penguin.
That closing-credits sequence is by far the funniest thing in the disappointing movie, which wastes the talents of Cook and overestimates the limited abilities of co-star Jessica Alba. Even worse, the movie tries to be “When Harry Met Sally” and “Debbie Does Dallas” at the same time, mixing serious relationship scenes with impressive levels of raunch, nudity and creative sexual positioning. The resulting tone is so off-kilter that both themes fail. . . .
It’s worth mentioning for the third time that this movie is much closer to “Caligula” than “Sleepless in Seattle.” Before you go to “Good Luck Chuck” on a first date, consider that the credits include characters called Dirty Talker, Contortionist Lover, Kitchen Counter Lover and McTitty. (No, we didn’t make up the last one.)
— Advisory: This film contains nudity, sex scenes, onscreen defecation, drug use and violence. And that’s just from the penguins.
In another traditionalist-friendly piece from the Left, the NYT ran a nice article about the revival of traditional church architecture. Curiously, it refers to Episcopalian and Lutheran examples but no Catholic ones, yet it cites two Catholic books on the subject. (Aside: I suspect this is the first time that Ignatius Press and Sophia Institute Press have been mentioned in the same NYT article.)
Unilateral negotiations don’t work well for one side: Burglars take liquor, cash, and CDs. Leave a goat.
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