“Rock of Ages”: Just The Right Mix of Rock and Schlock For Me

The other night I convinced Angela to watch Rock of Ages with me. I should maybe rephrase that. The other night I tricked Angela into watching Rock of Ages with me. There, that sounds more accurate. See, Angela used to claim that she didn't like musicals, but with Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia!, and now this one, I think she may finally have put that claim to bed. We both surprisingly liked this movie. Yes, it's cheesy, but it's supposed to be. It's also embarrassing in the same way that Read more [...]

Jesus Christ Superstar

If you've not seen JCS, I can heartily recommend it. It's excellent for many reasons: the songs, the acting, the singing, the setting, the nostalgic value, and the ability to make the viewer think. It's my favorite musical, and it's also on my list of top 20 movies in general. I've talked about it with ministers, Germans, devout church-goers, lapsed Catholics, non-believers, and even a drunk student in Madrid (who burst Jesus' part from "What's the Buzz"). The point is, if you're thinking, "But I'm not religious, so I'm not really interested," then you should still give it a chance. Read more [...]