24 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Special BL- “ARGH!” – “King of Kings” – Review


In 1961, King of Kings was panned, cynically perceived as commercial sacrilege. Cooler heads have since prevailed and its stature has risen tremendously in the years since, even among Christians. “It’s just a cash in,” they once said…

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23 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 5. Wednesday BL-"ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Special BL- “ARGH!” – “King of Kings” – Review


King of Kings

USA, 1961, Samuel Bronston Productions/MGM

Directed by Nicholas Ray

In 1961, King of Kings was panned, cynically perceived as commercial sacrilege. Cooler heads have since prevailed and its stature has risen tremendously in the years since, even among Christians. “It’s just a cash in,” they once said. Indeed, the battle scenes, the casting of Barabbas and Judas as revolutionaries, and Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils would support that assumption but King of Kings is much more than that. If it is loose with scripture, so what? The Passion of the Christ (2004) takes the scant number of verses (straightforward and unspecific verses) about the scourging and crucifixion and turns them into the most fetishistically rendered violence in screen history. Samuel Bronston might have been fiscally motivated to make the movie but it can’t help but be elevated by the artists (Nicholas Ray and Philip Yordan – previously paired on the epochal western Johnny Guitar.) Rather than giving us another thoughtless devotional, King of KingsJesus remains a transgressive figure, outside of and irreconcilable with our society past and present.

It’s true that Jesus almost seems like one character among many, a supporting player in his own film, but what’s important is the presence and the idea of a Christ figure. The coolness of Jeffrey Hunter’s performance makes it difficult to simply identify with Jesus. It’s a thin and occasionally uneasy line between the iconic and the tangible; something out of reach yet very real. The key character (but not the central one) is the Roman general Lucius – alienated from Rome, disenchanted with his place, wondering what his purpose is in the hostile territory of Judea. This character witnesses Jesus, finds something in him, but nevertheless isn’t a follower and it is in this that all of the power of the film is collected. Lucius sees a vital, powerful new way, a reordering of society on purer, greater principles, but simply cannot accept it – old allegiances, socio-cultural conflict, commerce, politics, and human nature, in other words the world, forbid it. Christianity in King of Kings is a permanent sub-culture. What I find in the ending isn’t a sense of complete victory, as other Christ films conclude, but simply a group of people abandoned to their work in the world. Far from heralding the great rise of Christendom, the apostles and the gospel seem destined to become lost in the mainstream. The ideas are adapted and the roles are assumed but the revolution is lost.

– Jonas Erickson

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07 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 6. POP/News "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday POP/News “ARGH!” – “Lost Weekly Magazine”


Just when I thought the dead husk of TV’s Lost got tossed upon the heap of over-promised and under-delivered television shows, I know I can count on Entertainment Weekly’s chest-beating attempts to recirculate it like stale airplane air.

(Disclaimer: I have subscribed to EW since its beginning.)

On March 10, EW prominently featured Lost on its cover with an interior expose entitled Life After Lost accompanied with the soap opera-y text: “Nearly a year after leaving the Island, the stars & creators talk about their lives now and how the show changed them forever.” (Blaaarf!)

An informal count reveals Lost has (so far) received EW’s front cover status at least 11 times since 2004, which is in direct competition with its other WTF?! obsessions: TV’s equally disappointing Heroes and the Twilight movies. This doesn’t account for every time EW’s cover also teased other Lost minutiae.

For comparison’s sake, how many times did EW’s cover highlight FX’s most consistently compelling drama The Shield? Zero.

There are many other well-deserving shows and movies that, too, could have benefited from an EW cover and feature article. However, unless a show inspires geek boners or showcases pale Harlequin Romance vampires or has made a pact with the devil, it’s not going to get any ink from EW.

Was this cover flap the final straw for “ARGH!” Central? Nope. I’ve bitten my lip on this subject for quite some time, choosing to instead embrace a Zen-like, slow boil of contempt. And then this week arrived.

Predictably this week — not missing an opportunity to glop some rouge upon Lost’s rosy-dead cheeks – EW gladly jumped at the opportunity to MC a little Twitter tiff between Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and executive producer/showrunner/writer Damon Lindelof. The fact that Martin doesn’t participate in Twitter is irrelevant to both EW and Lindelof, apparently. Read the whole thing HERE.

What exactly ruffled Lindelof’s (metaphorically speaking) Vincent* fur?

Here’s what Martin said:

“We watched [Lost] every week trying to figure it out, and as it got deeper and deeper I kept saying, ‘They better have something good in mind for the end. This better pay off here.‘ And then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion. What if I fuck it up at the end? What if I do a Lost (on his own show, HBO’s Game of Thrones, which premiered this week)?”

Let’s define “(to) do a Lost.” This phrase describes the occasion when a TV show horribly screws up its own forever-and-ever, and possibly overhyped, concluding episode.

I think Lindelof is concerned Martin’s “(to) do a Lost” will enter the pop culture lexicon.

But…Lost did do a Lost.

As for EW and its infatuation with Lost? Holy Smokey!*

Look you two, your co-dependency is tearing us apart. It’s time you either formally part ways or get a room, get it on and give it a rest already!

*sorry

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07 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday POP/News “ARGH!” – “Lost Weekly Magazine”


Just when I thought the dead husk of TV’s Lost got tossed upon the heap of over-promised and under-delivered television shows, I know I can count on Entertainment Weekly’s chest-beating attempts to recirculate it like stale airplane air…

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