March 22, 2004

Resurrection Boulevard

A re-make of "Dawn of the Dead" took the box office from "The Passion of The Christ" this weekend. There's a certain irony in that. Here we have two TOTALLY different takes on the topic of people coming back from the dead: Both films have hysterical crowds, gore, violence, and yes, dead people coming back to life, but one is a field-trip for church groups and the other is more for college kids with a beer buzz. I guess that in resurrection, as in natural life, you are judged on how you act and treat others. If Jesus set the tone for resurrection with all this limping around half-decomposed and trying to eat people's brains, Tom Savini might well have been pope, and the whole "benevolent raised redeemer" racket would have been taken up by long-haired new-agers named after objects in nature. Every sunday, I recite a creed that includes the line "We look for the resurrection of the dead," and I've occasionally wondered how many people think about that line. Sure, we may LOOK for it, but if we actually FOUND the resurrected dead in our yard, we'd most likely take cues from the movie characters and blow the bejesus out of it.

(Note: Do not stand too close to me today, I'm expecting to be smited from above.)

I just finished Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton and I liked it, for the most part. I think the problem was that these are short stories that didn't fit into his forthcoming book "Just A Geek," so they lack a bit of cohesion. Plus, there were only five stories, and only one of those was over 10 pages. Anyway, it's a good quick read and a good lead-in to the main book. It's worth buying just for the illustrator's bio (which I won't spoil for you here).

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