Movies I Can’t Endorse but Like to Discuss

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I watched The Covenant and Green Street Hooligans recently and can’t shake them so here we go:

The CovenantPG- 13 Yeah it’s a teeny boppy movie where everyone is gorgeous and beautiful but can’t deliver a line off a cereal box. Teenage descendants of ancient witches with incredible powers that they use to win bar fights, blow girls’ skirts up, make their Hummer fly, and fight incredible battles.

However, in the midst of this is this incredible metaphor for sin! These Sons of Ipswich have a decision to make about how they will use these magical powers because each time they do something with them it ages them. And each time they use them it creates a desire to use them more. Which begets this vicious circle of addiction and aggressive aging that the body can’t handle that ultimately kills them if they abuse their power.
Not a perfect metaphor but still there are a couple scenes that would work so well if I didn’t have to explain the whole back story about them being witches and such 🙂 Sin certainly isn’t a power we have to use for right or wrong but it definitely has power in our lives that is hard for us to let go of because we’ve created a habit that can be addictive and be incredibly self destructive! It can blind us and cripple us without intervention from a Savior.

Green Street HooligansR – Filthy language, thick British accents incomprehensible at times, and a bloody violent movie. Elijah Wood gets booted from his Ivy league school framed by his roomate and goes to visit his sister in London and is befriended by her brother-in-law who just happens to be the Major of one of the most violent and reputable Firms in town. (A Firm BTW is a “gang” who supports a specific Futbol team and brawls other Firms for street cred. But in a “totally respectable and reputable” way not like the shenanigans that happens in the US with drive bys taking out old ladies and such 🙂 It’s a Fight Club meets Gangs of New York with the vernacular of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

However, again in the middle of this movie of violence and mayhem hangs the tension of what’s truly important? Reputation and your name? Sure but to who? Your family or your friends? And how far is to far? There’s this intoxication found in the brawls (much like Fight Club) but there’s a real question being asked of how much is too much? AND what are you truly willing to stand up for? I think it’s really beautiful at the center of it all.

So there you have it. I’m hoping to dust off The Boondock Saints in time for St. Paddy’s day and will have some thoughts on that later. Movies, I can’t wholly endorse but enjoy thinking and talking about!




15 Responses to “Movies I Can’t Endorse but Like to Discuss”

  1. March 11, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I think the covenant inspired the creation of the television series supernatural.

  2. 2 Ali
    March 12, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Yay! Glad to see you finally watched Green Street Hooligans! However, it has been so long since I’ve seen it that I really can’t give you any sort of insightful comments. The part I guess I remember most is the …climax… I need to watch it again though to really remember what was going on. I do remember that I liked it a lot. I was very reluctant to watch it at first because I haven’t really liked Elijah Wood in a movie since “Radio Flyer.”

    Boondock Saints — LOVE IT!

  3. March 12, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Sorry Ali, I edited your comment to not give anything away to those who haven’t seen it yet 🙂
    But yes, it was great indeed!

  4. March 12, 2008 at 8:56 am

    can i add another movie that I cant recomend that ROcked….

    tenacious D and the pick of destiny

  5. 6 Aaron Crawford
    March 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Tenacious D? Really? As a fan of their first album, I thought the movie was incredibly not-interesting…

  6. March 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    The Saint’s are awesome! Bad Irish accents but great movie!

  7. March 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I loved the Boondock Saints Movie and have been meaning to watch the Hooligan movie. Good choices.

    The Boondokc Saints has a great soundtrack.

  8. March 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    wow, that was a typo. Boondock.

  9. March 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah Boondock is great. I’ve got 2 copies actually 🙂 I had it and then the special edition (shown in the pic) was given to me after it was released. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it though.

    Man, I wish the accents in Hooligans hadn’t been so thick. It was hard to understand them sometimes. Although I am a Septic Tank apparently 🙂

  10. March 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    aaron…Im a sucker for musicals

  11. March 12, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Just picked up the hooligan movie tonight. Should watch it within the next week. Looking forward to it. Also, FINALLY got Michael Clayton. Hope that’s good.

  12. March 12, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Worshipcity, it’s all about the CC (closed captioning). It drives all my friends nuts, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Needless to say, folks don’t come over to watch movies much, but when they complain about not understanding what someone just said, I make one suggestions and the room starts groaning.

  13. 14 Aaron Crawford
    March 13, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Fair enough…:)

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