Monday, November 13, 2006

Highway to Hell, Have It Your Way, -and- Dynamic Duo

Highway to Hell - Elton John wants religion banned completely
Have It Your Way - Burger King manager shoots unruly teen dead
Dynamic Duo - cops dress like Batman and Robin to catch drug suspects

On this day in history: November 13, 1805 - Johann Georg Lehner invents the hot dog.

Born on this day in history: November 13, 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894) author, poet, essayist, critic. He is best known for "Treasure Island," "A Child's Garden of Verses," and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

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We watched "God's Army." [Brandon Allen (Matthew Brown), a Mormon missionary in Los Angeles, has to confront the harsh challenges of his life in this inspirational drama. With the help of his unrelenting mentor Marcus (Richard Dutcher, who also directed), Brandon looks inward and realizes that his first convert just might have to be himself.] Laura placed this movie in our Netflix queue based on her assumption that the synopsis indicated that the main character was delivered from the Mormon cult. Unfortunately, he was delivered into that sect! The movie is unabashed Mormon propaganda—replete with non-Christian devices and references, the most unsettling of which is the healing of a cripple by invocation of the powers of a Mormon elder. Another abhorrent scene shows the "conversion" of a devout Catholic! Interestingly, one of the group reads a book entitled, "The Truth About Mormons" and poses several questions to the group's leader, who chastises him for reading the book and asking questions. Ultimately, this man rejects the cult and is shown in the bus depot, awaiting a bus to take him home. The group, in general, and the leader, in particular, dismiss him as "lost," while in actuality, he is the only one of the group for whom there is hope! I strongly discourage viewing this movie.

We watched "Bells of Innocence." [Jux Jonas (Mike Norris) is stuck deep in the heart of Texas with his friends Oren (Carey Scott) and Conrad (David White) after an emergency plane landing. Soon, they realize they're far from safety, stranded in a strange community where the locals seem under the spell of a voice from a short-wave radio owned by a local rancher (Marshall Teague). Will they ever escape? Also co-stars Norris's famous father, Chuck, in a supporting role.] This movie was very entertaining, uplifting, and dramatic. Chuck Norris is very believable as an angel of God, and his real-life son, Mike, turns in an excellent performance as a believer tormented by demons and tempted by Lucifer. It is a classic "good versus evil" story. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Our only disappointment was that there was none of the martial arts for which Norris is famous. I highly recommend this movie.