Friday, August 11, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

I've taken a break from Moral Man and Immoral Society. The short version is that I don't have a lot of interest in pure theory like I used to. And political theory on top of's going on the shelf. That's an entry in itself and I hope to remember to come back to it. I did read another book this week: Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant? This book is a collection of e-mails exchanged between Preston Jones, a college history professor, and Greg Graffin, the lead singer of Bad Religion. Jones just on a whim e-mailed Graffin one day and it evolved into months' worth of discussion on Christianity and naturalism. The title is horrible. Besides that, it's a very quick read (I read it in about 2 hours). Jones' Christianity would probably be characterized as more 'liberal,' as he concedes some points to Graffin that more 'conservative' types would probably be hard-nosed about. Even at the discussion's most heated moments, the two remain civil to each other and only attack the other's ideas. What a concept.

Since I've been on vacation, I've seen a number of movies. Here they are quickie-like:

Talladega Nights - Before seeing this I expected Anchorman on a race track, but it was different enough to ease my worries. The first half hour to 45 minutes, I asked why I should like such an unlikeable character (AND family), but the movie is about his redemption. And the character was redeemed for the other characters and for me. There's enough balance of identifying with NASCAR and making fun of NASCAR to appeal to everyone.

V for Vendetta - 1984 meets The Matrix. But in a good way. Some good political commentary.

Underworld: Evolution - Not as good as the original, and even then I struggle to get my head around vampires and werewolves who use guns to try to kill each other.

Date Movie - A parody of a string of date movies. The jokes are obvious (haha, the parody of Jennifer Lopez has a big butt! That's NEVER been done!). Still a fan of Alyson Hannigan.

Vince's crew beats up Seth Green's crew on
Entourage. I don't know what else to say about that. The preview for this Sunday's episode has a finale-esque sound to it, which makes me sad because the baseball playoffs aren't on for another month and a half. Now what am I gonna do?

I've rediscovered my
Burlap to Cashmere CD. They're a Christian Latin band who only released this one studio album. There are some excellent tracks on here. Some duds, too, but I don't listen to those. This is/was one of those bands who didn't feel the need to mention Jesus in every song and strove for musical quality, thus rising above most of their contemporaries.

Around the web, go to and vote on which kitten is the cutest.