Wrapping up my movie week consisted of a lot of different movies. We’re talking “all sides of the spectrum” different movies. Wednesday Jack and I indulged in the documentary, Jesus Camp, which has been on our Netflix watch list for quite some time now. Thursday I started watching Nymphomaniac, Vol. I before realizing it was almost three hours long. Once into the movie, I felt committed and I did end up finishing it. On Friday, Jack and I stayed home due to some pizza not agreeing with us and ended up watching Thunder and the House of Magic. We weren’t expecting much, but it was really an adorable movie. Although a Lord of the Rings marathon was planned for Saturday, it turned into a game night and I finished up my seven movies last night by watching Wayne’s World.
Jesus Camp is a documentary that explores a church camp that is geared towards young children. The documentary itself is very well done. While it shows a very specific type of Christianity, one that I don’t necessarily subscribe to, the film does not offer any personal opinions. It shows you what the camp is about spliced up with a few clips of a radio show that has some differing opinions from the church and you are allowed to form your own opinions. I would give this documentary a strong 5 out of 5. Not only was it very well done, it will open up the floor for some great conversation/debate if you are with the right group of people.
On Thursday I started watching Nymphomaniac, Vol. I before realizing the three hours is a really long time. The movie follows the life of Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, as she recounts it to Seligman, who found her lying in an alley after some type of accident that is not revealed in the first film. The metaphors that parallel Joe’s stories to Seligman’s interests is probably my favorite thing about the movie. Although it is definitely a weird movie (and not one to be watched with your parents), it is very well done and I would recommend it to anyone who has the ability to watch a movie with an open mind. I’d give this movie a 4.5 out of 5. I’m hoping to watch Vol. II within the coming weeks. I’m including some trivia for this movie because I really think it gives a feels for the nature of the movie:
- Shia LaBeouf was asked to send pictures of his penis in order to obtain his role. He subsequently decided to send in personal sex tapes of him and his girlfriend having sex in order to convince Lars von Trier to cast him.
- Originally, this movie and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) were shot as one movie and were originally intended to be released as one cut. Due to its length it was split into two movies.
- According to Stellan Skarsgård, the “chocolate sweets” portion of the first chapter is based on an anecdote told by a female friend of Lars von Trier about how she and a friend dared each other to have sex with people on a train for a bag of candy.
Thunder and the House of Magic was simply a very cute movie about a cat named Thunder and a magical house. There’s not much information about it online so I can’t include any good trivia and such, but I would definitely recommend it especially for people with kids. I’d give it a 4 out of 5.
I almost skipped my last day, but I did end up watching Wayne’s World with Jack. My main concern was picking another movie that was long and felt more like running a marathon than watching a movie. Wayne’s World definitely didn’t feel like that. It was quick and funny, and obviously a classic. I’ll give it a 4 out of 5. Here are some fun facts about the movie:
- When the plane flies over Wayne and Garth, the plane is seen from underneath is actually a 4-foot-long model.
- When Rob Lowe is pitching the arcade sponsorship to Wayne and Garth in the restaurant, he says “literally” very drawn out, which is foreshadowing his catchphrase “LIT-tralee” on the TV show “Parks and Recreation” (2010-14).
- While filming the Bohemian Rhapsody sequence, both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey developed severe pain in their necks from all the head banging. There are scenes later in the movie where it becomes apparent they are trying to move their necks as little as possible.
- In the early ’70s, some British music shops banned or fined patrons for playing “Stairway to Heaven” because it was played so often. Hence the sign: “No ‘Stairway to Heaven'” when Wayne plays the guitar in the store.
That wraps up movie week. I really did enjoy the fact that I watched a lot of different genres and not just seven movies I knew I would like. It worked out in my favor, with most movies being really awesome. This upcoming week my seeking goal is reading the Bible every day. I’m not sure how to include that in the blog, but I will think of something.