I watched two very different things this weekend. The most recent was Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (imdb | rotten tomatoes), which I was a little disappointed by. Sarah Silverman is obviously very talented and funny and (at times) hot, but there were precious few times that I laughed. Some bits were so profane that she managed to get that slightly uneasy chuckle out of me, but that was about it. The best part of the DVD was the five-minute clip of her in The Aristocrats; everything else just seemed a little too contrived in its fearlessness.
The other film I watched was a documentary on CBC Newsworld’s new series The Big Picture, where Avi Lewis watches a documentary with a bunch of people and then they all discuss it. Sounds boring, I know, but the topic this past week was Richard Dawkins’ documentary The Root Of All Evil: The God Delusion. A lot of the crowd — made up of regular folks but also “experts” like ministers, imams, professors, etc. — didn’t like the way Dawkins went about making his point, but most of the people either agreed in the end or made arguments so illogical that one could barely argue with them. One example from a minister and politician: “I think God is love; would you deny that love exists?” Well, I could declare that god is buttered popcorn; that doesn’t really prove much. But the real low point of the evening was surely Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College. Even the clergy were turning on him by the end. The whole thing plays again this evening on Newsworld if you’re interested, or you can view the debate online and witness the migrainish hilarity firsthand.
This coming Wednesday the topic is a Sir David Attenborough documentary about global warming. Should be a good one.
Actually, I guess I watched a third thing this weekend: Jericho, the new CBS show about a small Colorado town that’s plunged into darkness, fear and uncertainty when a mushroom cloud appears on the horizon, roundabouts where Denver should be. By the end of the first episode they also learn that [spoiler alert] a bomb’s gone off in Atlanta, and that a small child can make a remarkably neat trach tube from a handful of pens and a rubber band in a matter of seconds. Anyway, it’s an interesting enough premise, but the show was prone to hammy acting, predictable scenarios (prodigal sons, lost loves, overturned prison buses, etc.) and speech-making that just bogged it down. I’ll probably give it another week or two, but it’s on a short leash.
[tags]sarah silverman, jesus is magic, cbc newsworld, the big picture, richard dawkins, religion, root of all evil, god delusion, charles mcvety, david attenborough, global warming, jericho[/tags]