Thursday, May 26, 2005

Pop Culture Roundup

Once again, I'm away from the computer on Saturday. So here it is a few days early.

William R. Clark and Michael Grunstein ask the question, Are We Hardwired? in their book of same name. It's a book about the role of genes in behavior. I picked it up to stay informed of things outside of theology. So far the answer is 'Yes and no,' but I'm only 20 pages in. They need another 250 pages or so to elaborate. If you want an exciting read, skip this one. But if you want to be informed, it's not bad.

We did go to see Episode III on Sunday. If you haven't seen it yet and want to be surprised (the same way you were probably surprised by 'Titanic' or 'Passion of the Christ'), don't read any further. I found it to be the most enjoyable of the three. Jar Jar is in one shot and doesn't speak at all, and that's an automatic plus. Christensen does much better in this movie, although the love scenes are still stiff and awkward (but we can thank Lucas' writing as much as anything). The scene where Anakin decides to turn seems so sudden. One minute he's anguished over his helping kill a Jedi, the next he is completely submissive to Palpatine. All in all it's the darkest of any Star Wars movie and deserves its PG-13. Ewan McGregor is a bright spot as he has been in all three new movies, and it'd be interesting to hear how Chewbacca goes from leading his fellow Wookies to helping Han Solo smuggle goods around the universe. All in all, though, it wrapped things up nicely.

In the CD player has been the Sneaker Pimps' Becoming X. They've changed their lineup since this album, though. 'Becoming X' is a pop/electronic work, which I normally wouldn't really be into except the beats are strong and I'm a sucker for bands with female singers.

Around the web, WesleyBlog has some things to say about styles of worship.

Enjoy your long weekend. Back on Monday to muse on Synod.

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