It’s the 30th of the month, so time for another End of Month Review. I know July has 31 days, but WordPress’ stats work on a 30 day cycle, so this will be more accurate. A lot has happened on Pop Culture Christ this month, with the site receiving more than twice the hits it received during June.
Kung Fu Panda (2008 )
Starring Jack Black
Before we begin, let’s have a look at the check list. Jack Black comedy? Check. Cute animated animals? Check. An inept and unsuitable protagonist who is the “chosen one”? Check. Before you even walk into the cinema, you know what you’re going to get. You know how the plot is going to go and how its going to resolve. Only one question remains – will it be worth watching?
Get Smart (2008)
Starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie. The 60s TV show is an absolute classic. But that humour worked best in a contained, smaller budget TV show. The Get Smart reunion movie in the 80s had all the hallmarks of the original, but the bigger budget and the changes in the world since the original left it feeling a bit lacking. The other thing that had me concerned was that the plot was allegedly about Max Smart on his first mission when all the “real” agents were put out of action. Suddenly I was thinking Johnny English and that’s not a good thing. So how was it?
I’m always keeping my eye out for Jesus in unusual places. Not the real Jesus (I guess I should be looking out for him too…) but pop culture representations of Jesus. I love Jesus toys. And I found a new one today. He can be found at The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. Mine looks a bit different to the one in the picture. My Jesus has really wild, all over the place hair. Very much not tame and under control like in the pic. My favourite part? He’s wearing a WWID bracelet. No that is not a mistype…
The character of Alice Cooper is the villain of his show. You’re meant to cheer against him. He says things and does things that fly in the face of normalcy and decency. He is counter cultural and digs up those things we’d rather be left buried. And that’s a good thing. He challenges us to recognise the things in this world that we’d rather sweep under the carpet and ignore. And sometimes, whilst he’s delighting us with sick fantasies, he can reveal something about human nature that we’d rather he didn’t say. Because it’s true. I DO just wanna be God.