Pitch Black: The Redemption of Riddick

Gospel in Film presents "Pitch Black"

Set in the distant future, a spaceship carrying 39 people, crashes on a desert planet when the ship is caught in a meteor storm. Ten survivors, led by the second-in-command Carolyn Fry (Rahda Mitchell), find themselves abandoned on a hot and humid planet that receives constant sunlight from three orbiting suns.  Fry is flanked by three major personalities: bounty hunter William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), his prisoner Riddick (Vin Diesel) – a deadly criminal who was being transported to a prison cell, and religious man Abu al-Walid (Keith David).  Not only must Fry struggle to lead these three strong willed personalities, she must also contend to help the rest of the survivors find food, water, and shelter.  And there is still one more significant challenge: every 22 years, the planet’s three suns go into a total eclipse for a month where darkness brings out the planet’s real inhabitants; large, flesh eating, flying Raptors that come out and dominate the surface of the planet while it is in total darkness.  Unfortunately, the meteor shower that brought down their ship is also about to cause the eclipse.  The lights are about to go out.  So, with this emerging threat, Fry must cooperate with Riddick, who has surgically enhanced eyes that are able to see in the dark, to protect the survivors from the raptors and to eventually lead them off of the planet.

Make no mistake about it, Pitch Black is a film that is consciously filled with gospel allusion.  First of all, the planet is ruled and receives light from three suns, an obvious nod to the Trinity.  Yet, that planet is also inhabited, underneath, by dark, life-killing, creatures.  The creatures cannot emerge onto the surface of the planet unless the light is blotted out, because light burns their skin.  They can only live in darkness.  When the eclipse finally occurs, these creatures spew, demonically, onto the surface from the bottomless pit of the planet’s under-world.

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Batman Unmasked – Revisited

To celebrate the much anticipated opening of “The Dark Knight”, the sequel to Batman Begins, I am revisiting my very first post on Sacrosanct Gospel – “Batman Unmasked”. This article was first posted on March 12, 2008. I’m keeping the comments from the origninal post because I felt there were some pretty good responses. I would love to have you add a few more. Please understand in the article that I really am not ‘slamming’ Batman. I am very sympathetic to my boyhood hero. I know him well. He is just like me. Well, not completely. He has considerably more money, he is better looking, and he is younger. Why is it that I age and he doesn’t?

I also want to make it widely known that my family and I already have our tickets to tonight’s midnight opening. We will be sitting with many other friends from our church, popcorn in hand, ready to be creeped out by the late Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker. Did I say Batman was my ‘boyhood’ hero? Oops I guess the Bat’s out of the Bag! Ha Ha hahahh haa (Insert Joker’s laugh here).

So without any further mildew, for your intellectual provocation, “Batman Unmasked”.

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Top 25 Dude Movies with Gospel Implication

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Apologies to all who disagree. I’m sure this list can be altered and improved upon, but this is a pretty good starting point. Understand that my criteria is not “the most enjoyable dude movies ever” but rather “the most profitable dude movies ever”. Put another way, these are what I feel are the top 25 movies that every dude should see. I of course put Braveheart as #1. Who could argue with that?

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