April 02, 2007
Pretty Good Video Rentals
||I saw this 3-and-a-half hour movie this weekend
and it was pretty good. It suffered from the voice-over talent which
lacked nuance and at times seemed to be read from a teleprompter,
but was pretty close to Scripture. The decided Catholic slant was
not obtrusive in the end. For an Italian file about St. Peter it
was pretty much devoid of Mariology and other distractions.
Peter role prompts death threat.
Monday October 31, 2005 A message on a website linked to al-Qaida has
threatened death to the veteran Egyptian actor Omar Sharif after he
played St Peter in an Italian TV film.
In remarks widely reported in Italy earlier this month, the 73-year
old actor, a convert to Islam, said he had "seemed to hear voices"
during the filming of St Peter, a two-part mini-series shown last week.
Sharif was quoted as saying: "Playing Peter was so important for
me that even now I can only speak about it with difficulty. It will
be difficult for me to play other roles from now on."
The Italian news agency Adnkronos International said that a message
on a web forum used in the past by al-Qaida had a link to a site carrying
the threat. "Omar Sharif has stated that he has embraced the crusader
idolatry," it said. "He is a crusader who is offending Islam
and Muslims and receiving applause from the Italian people. I give you
this advice, brothers, you must kill him."
Also saw A
Prairie Home Companion
...and I think the movie extras such as the
commentary and the website are more interesting than the movie
itself. Don't get me wrong- I am a fan, an the movie is easy on
the eyes and ears. Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin can command a
I could have done without Woody Harrelson's
sophomoric humor. I could have done without the angel of death
thread. But overall the movie was a fun distraction, and rightfully
showcased many of the radio cast playing themselves. The incorportion
of fictional characters such as Guy Noir was an added bonus. Kevin
Kline IS the Guy.
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