The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough

posted at 2:46 pm on June 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Snowden dodge on Aeroflot, my recent trip to Israel, and much more.

We’ll also talk about The Binge Thinker, Kevin and Stephen’s exploding success in independent talk radio, as well as Kevin’s new book, No He Can’t: How Barack Obama Is Dismantling Hope and Change, being released this week! Don’t forget about Kevin’s previous book, The Kind of Man Every Man Should Be: Taking a Stand for True Masculinity, either.

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

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I am a movie lover, film buff, connoisseur of cinema, etc… but one thing I am apparently not is extremely discriminating. Or, to use the term that I actually want to – I am not a Flick Snob.

I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness. But I see a lot of commenters here did not so much like it.

Saw Man of Steel on Friday Night and really, really enjoyed it.

Both of those titles are great movies. Period.

I’ll stick to MoS since that is most germane to the OP…

I had read a review prior to my viewing which suggested the Christ-references were a bit over the top. So, I went in to the movie expecting Clark to be Jesus in a Cape. After actually watching the movie, however, I was kind of left wondering: what Christ references? So they were either too clumsy that they didn’t even register…. Or, the story was engaging enough for me that the references just didn’t stick out. It was probably a mixture of those two.

The only thing that initially made me think of Jesus was when he said his age was 33. But then afterwards, the more I thought about it, the more that fact became a big nothingburger. True, Christ was crucified at age 33… but he began his ministry at the age of 30. Kal-El began, in earnest, his official super-heroing at the age of 33… and was certainly not crucified of sacrificed in this movie. The more I think about it, the more and more I dismiss being 33 as a conscious Christ-reference. 33 is just a stinking cool number (it’s my favorite, so maybe I am biased.)

As far as him supposedly having his arms splayed out, all-cross like when he was being bullied – I did not even notice it. I was more drawn in by the clearly conflicted emotions playing in the young actor’s eyes.

The shaky cam was terribly annoying… especially in the opening Krypton fight sequences…. And I thought I might not be able to enjoy the rest of the movie…. But I either got used to it, of Snyder ramped it way down for the rest.

As far as character development, this is a movie that actually cares about its characters. It is Nolan-esque in that sense. I was invested in what happened to all the main characters (and most of the supporting).

MoS was an origin story done well – – start in the middle, and then flash back to key moments. That’s just a more mature and clever way to tell a story like this.

Let me wrap up with a brief note about the MST3K-ization of movies. I loved MST3K when it was on while I was a teenager. It was fun and clever and mostly good-natured.

But, I think it has now come to pass that it is more ‘cool’ to negatively criticize movies than it is to simply enjoy them. It’s hip and in to make fun of anything and everything. Perhaps this is just the main defense mechanism in modern society. Detachment is safe. You mix that with the comfortableness of groupthink and you get this strange hybrid of personality. The FanBoy hates a movie because everyone else liked it… but is comforted by the fact that he is not alone. We humans are strange, inconsistent people, are we not?

In any case… if you can’t enjoy a movie like The Dark Knight Rises or Star Trek: Into Darkness or Man of Steel despite their flaws, I truly pity you.

I don’t see how you can enjoy any movie if you watch it with an attitude of “how many things can I find to complain about?”.

RightWay79 on June 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Sorry about that… wrong Topic.

RightWay79 on June 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sorry about that… wrong Topic.

RightWay79 on June 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM |

It was an awesome post, though. I’ll leave it up on this thread anyway.

Ed Morrissey on June 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM