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Monday, March 12, 2018

Ruining A Wrinkle in Time

I tend to doubt anyone at all was surprised by the fact that Hollywood diversitied, de-Christianized, and generally despoiled Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time. But as a longtime fan of the book - and an especial fan of A Swiftly Tilting Planet - I nevertheless find myself feeling a bit angry at the intentional destruction of a long-cherished tale.
Madeleine L’Engle’s classic young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” is the latest victim of diversity-deranged stunt casting in which no respect is paid to the race or sex of existing literary characters. But that’s only one reason why this frustrating fiasco is such an embarrassing failure. Director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), who has no feel at all for the material, seems more interested in promoting colorblind multi-culturalism than producing an entertaining adaptation that is worthy of its much-beloved source.

Although movies featuring original characters whose physical attributes have been unspecified elsewhere are legitimate equal-opportunity roles for any actors, deviating from already established characters turns a project into either a sort of alternative-reality racelifted remake (the black-cast versions of “Annie” and “Steel Magnolias”), a re-imagined novelty (“The Wiz”), comic exploitation (“Blacula”) or a display of randomly colorblind inclusiveness (a black Human Torch in the most recent “Fantastic Four”). All of those swaps are distracting enough to seem like gimmicks, even if an appearance-miscast actor gives an otherwise adequate performance.

Teenage Meg Murry and her mother, both white like the rest of their family in the 1962 “A Wrinkle in Time” novel, are portrayed in this film version by black actresses Storm Reid and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Dad is played by Caucasian Chris Pine. Because Meg’s precocious younger brother Charles Wallace is played by Filipino-American Deric McCabe, this results in the absurdity of the character now being identified as adopted, presumably because it would be hard to believe he could be the product of Mbatha-Raw and Pine’s union. Twin brothers from the book are missing entirely from the movie, which may be a blessing, considering that political correctness probably would have dictated they be played by a Native American dwarf and a disabled transsexual.

The irony of making changes like these to a book in which Meg herself states that “like and equal are not the same thing at all” apparently was lost on those responsible. (Then again, the line does not appear in the movie, possibly because the filmmakers knew they had sabotaged said theme.) Also, it’s unfortunate that the film eliminates the novel’s references to Christianity that resulted in it being banned from some libraries. Inclusion apparently has its limits.
I still have not forgotten how Hollywood sucked all the story and the soul out of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising and turned it into a pointless nothing of a movie. Seeing the soulless vampires do the same thing to Madeleine L'Engle only confirms my decision to stay very far away from the entertainment Ecthroi.

When the time comes, we will make our own movies and we will tell our own stories. We will not sell them to the soul-destroyers to be transformed into mocking parodies of what they were created to be. If you are an author, do not sell or option your rights to these creatures. It is not worth it.

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57 Comments:

Blogger Phillip George March 12, 2018 7:23 AM  

there was a remake of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eithty Days with Passepartout played by Jackie Chan. While Chan is a self deprecating lovable stuntman that film utterly butchered not just Jules Verne but everything Historical..

meditate on that. History isn't being underplayed, it is being stolen.

Blogger Amy March 12, 2018 7:30 AM  

A Swiftly Tilting Planet was my favorite, too. I loved these books as children. One kid is about old enough to read them. I won’t taint my memory of it with this film.

Meg was young in the books, but the girl portraying her looks about ten years old. Of course I’ve only seen short trailers. And I cannot buy Chris Pine as Mr. Wallace. I was barely sold on him as Capt. James T. Kirk.

This sounds not like an adaptation, but theft.

Anonymous Anonymous March 12, 2018 7:31 AM  

Although movies featuring original characters whose physical attributes have been unspecified elsewhere are legitimate equal-opportunity roles for any actors,

This reads like an unprincipled concession. Its purpose is to strategically weaken the argument to sound "reasonable" but it's unnecessary and not entirely true. Characters whose race is unspecified are nevertheless part of the story's social fabric and as such, their physical attributes are vivid in the mind of the reader if the story is well written. Such character's race is not "random" or a "legitimate equal opportunity role."

Blogger Skyler the Weird March 12, 2018 7:42 AM  

Brownwashing for Brainwashing.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 12, 2018 7:43 AM  

My faith in film critics has been shaken to it's core, they gave bad reviews to a Diversity Points movie.

A Wrinkle in Time scored an abyss-bound 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.

How on Earth that is even possible? Don't SJW critics have standards anymore? Didn't this film race bend pretty much every single character? Didn't this film star Oprah? I mean so far as Tumblrinas are concerned Oprah is the One True Mama-Space-Jesus. It was brilliant casting from that stand point.

The only thing I can assume is that Disney went to the well one too many times recently and that Black Panther sucked all the Diversity Points out of the room.

Blogger Looking Glass March 12, 2018 7:57 AM  

@5 Cataline Sergius

They'll swoon for any Diversity Points movie if it can pass the watchable level. This one seems to have confused most of the critics (though any Sci-fi effected movie generally confuses them anyway), so they were more honest. This was a screw up on Disney's side, so this is a "gimme" for critics to "play it straight".

Other thing is studios don't push hard on the bad ones. It's not like Moonlight where the actual story was never truly mentioned in review or discussion until after the Oscars that year.

The other thing is this movie screams "tagged a licensed name on a different script" issue. The script, themes & concepts almost assuredly started as another project, but they decided to bring in "A Wrinkle in Time" because it has some cultural cachet. Director & Producers were overmatched and the script was bad.

The first principle of any Arkhaven Films project needs to be "the script is good before anything else happens". I don't believe I've ever seen a movie reviewed with "the script is great but the movie is terrible". While it can happen, it almost never does, as the script is the backbone of the film. If it's not ready or good, you're going to have to put in some amazing effort to save the film.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 12, 2018 7:59 AM  

I looked up who is the executor of the Madeleine L'Engle estate turns out it's her granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

Prepare yourself for a shock.

She is an Episcopal who has stayed within the church.

Blogger Looking Glass March 12, 2018 8:10 AM  

@7 Cataline Sergius

Ouch. Though the books were probably optioned ages ago, so all Ms. Voiklis gets out is a trip to the premiere and extra book sales.

Blogger JACIII March 12, 2018 8:23 AM  

It was intended as a vehicle for political Oprah.

Much like the now scattered detritus of female leads in hip political sitcoms, and series (evening soap operas) were doppelgangers for the Hillary! coronation.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 12, 2018 8:24 AM  

@ Looking Glass

You have to see her "church" to believe it. It appears to literally be the Church of Judeo-Christ

It's the one L'Engle herself used to attend.

Blogger Ransom Smith March 12, 2018 8:25 AM  

Disney is always trying this stuff on any movie they can.
There was talk a few years ago of making a new Rocketeer (one of my favorite childhood movies). And the preliminary choice for lead role was, you guessed it, a black woman.
Thank God there wasn't enough interest in the project for it to come to fruition.

Blogger bornagainpenguin March 12, 2018 8:27 AM  

They got rid of the twins?!

That tells me all I need to know. They clearly didn't make this adaptation with any intention of making it work out or honest expectations for a series. While the Meg character and the Charles Wallace characters are important to the rest of the books, eventually they have one of the twins in his own book--Many Waters.

Hollywood would not sacrifice an entire movie in a series if they were planning on making money with it. This was intentional desecration and mockery. (Just like it is every time they do these games.)

Blogger Azure Amaranthine March 12, 2018 8:40 AM  

"This was intentional desecration and mockery."

Ding!

Blogger FUBARwest March 12, 2018 8:42 AM  

"Hollywood would not sacrifice an entire movie in a series if they were planning on making money with it. This was intentional desecration and mockery. (Just like it is every time they do these games.)"

Not always true. You give them too much credit. They did the same thing in the Harry Potter series. They left out things from earlier books that were important in later books and this was after you could have read the later books to know that it would be important.

They definitely werent sacrificing that series, they just didn't care enough about the story to get it right but did care enough about making that money.

Ignorance over malice.

Blogger Steve March 12, 2018 8:49 AM  

I really enjoyed Stephen King's sprawling, uneven THE DARK TOWER, its typically Kingian horrible ending aside.

I decided not to bother with the movie when I heard they cast a black guy as the blue-eyed Roland of Gilead. But why?

Obviously I'm an evil white male cisgendered patriarchal oppressor, but I have nothing against Idris Elba. I've enjoyed plenty of movies with black lead actors and even predominantly black casts, such as BARBERSHOP, and BARBERSHOP 2 : BACK IN BIDNESS. So it's not the coruscating magnetar of racism that exists where my cold, privileged white heart should be that's the problem here.

I reckon it's a twofold thing:

First, and especially with the success of Black Panther, we're told that "representation matters". I've no reason to disbelieve this claim. So as a heterosexist Northern European type chap, if they want to turn a white, male character into a woman or a black, then they can find a female or melaneous audience.

But more importantly, it's because this sort of race or sex changing is a deliberate insult to white men from people who hate us. They smirkingly feign innocence, but we know the score.

Progressives typically want to offend you and gaslight at the same time: LOL IMAGINE BEING SO RACIST YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE JAMES BOND CAST AS A PYGMY NEGRITO WITH A BONE THROUGH HER NOSE SHE WAS THE BEST ACTOR FOR THE ROLE GET OVER IT LOL #WHITEFRAGILITY, or the victory laps on Twitter when the Nebula Awards succesfully purged white men from the list of winners - #DIVERSITY - or the simultaneous YASS KWEEN! TAKE THAT, MEN! and crying about "sexism" over Lady Ghostbusters.

Blogger Sherwood family March 12, 2018 8:55 AM  

I do not know too much about L'Engle's personal views but I can say her books were very much Christian in tone and content. That they gutted that part of the books was perhaps inevitable but without it her stories have no core. Only in the context of Christianity and a Christian worldview were L'Engle's works meaningful.

Blogger wreckage March 12, 2018 9:01 AM  

@15 they seem unaware of the importance of the moral ground to 4G warfare. #LOLFRAGILITY rather undermines any claims to champion the weak and suffering.

Blogger jimmy_the_freak March 12, 2018 9:06 AM  

Instead of whitewashing, maybe this would be mudbathing.

Anonymous Anonymous March 12, 2018 9:07 AM  

"This sounds not like an adaptation, but theft."

Would that be "cultural appropriation" that I have heard so much about?

Blogger manfred arcane March 12, 2018 9:08 AM  

Here's hoping that they'll never discover Jack Vance.

Anyway, if nothing else, even the MSM movie "critics" are incapable of praising this garbage.

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 12, 2018 9:10 AM  

When I saw the trailer and heard snippets of the interviews with the cast, I knew they had messed this up. Further evidence that the left can't create, but only destroy, and that free speech is used to promote blasphemy.

Blogger FUBARwest March 12, 2018 9:11 AM  

The critics praised Black Panther to high he'll so they got their diversity pass for the next one. Sucks for that President Oprah campaign. Bad luck timing is all.

Blogger Avalanche March 12, 2018 9:12 AM  

"original characters whose physical attributes have been unspecified elsewhere are legitimate equal-opportunity roles for any actors,"

No. No, they are not.

If "diversity" wants to make plays or movies or musicals -- let them MAKE THEIR OWN! If they are unable to make their own, then do NOT steal and damage OURS. (Talk about inappropriate cultural appropriation!)

Blogger Steve March 12, 2018 9:30 AM  

Wreckage - Sure, but that's because they think they've already won.

The days when, for example, gay rights were sold to the public on fantasies of healthy-looking, fastidiously well-dressed homos played by Tom Hanks or Tom Selleck are long gone. It's BAKE THE EFFING CAKE time.

Blacktivists used to pretend to be Christian holy men who just wanted little white children to play in harmony with little black children. Now it's tearing down statues time.

Blogger Zapp Brannigan March 12, 2018 9:31 AM  

This post deserves a slow clap.

Steve's comment nails it. It is infuriating to see so many established characters in literature and film suddenly converted into minorities all in the name of some nebulous concept like "inclusiveness". In many cases, it blows up the narrative established in the book, such as in the Dark Tower movie; why would 1960's Detta Walker hate and fear Roland and call him a "white devil" if he's black?

The reality is that this new trend in casting is intended to be a thumb in the eye of middle-class, conservative, White America. A way for them to say, essentially, "Ha, we took your beloved character that was always assumed to be White, or was explicitly stated to be, and replaced him/her with a minority. And you can't say a word about it because we own your culture and have made it impossible to protest our desecration. Take THAT, you bigoted asshole!" It's transparent but that's kind of the point. A White fan of L'Engle is supposed to see exactly what they're doing and be helpless to stop it. Casting like this is a naked boast of cultural supremacy.

Stunts like this remind me of those who were tearing down statues last year. Like the historically ignorant who felt that evil White men who died on the wrong side of the Civil War deserved no memorials, the people behind this casting movement don't give a damn about the source material. They can't create their own works so, like good little commissars, they revel in tearing down any works of the dominant White patriarchal culture and twisting them to spout their own banal platitudes.

Blogger Matt Robison March 12, 2018 9:34 AM  

It's a strange decision, and I'm torn. Because the best marketing for a book has been a movie adaptation. More copies of A Wrinkle in Time will be sold this year than in the previous 20 years. These people will see what an atrocity the movie actually is. Then again, there will be a huge swatch of people who just see the movie and never read the book.

Blogger YIH March 12, 2018 10:04 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:@ Looking Glass

You have to see her "church" to believe it. It appears to literally be the Church of Judeo-Christ

It's the one L'Engle herself used to attend.

Complete with menorahs - I kid you not.
And http://www.stjohndivine.org/news/articles/109/immigration-and-sanctuary-support-from-the-cathedral complete with an en Español link.

Blogger Chris Lutz March 12, 2018 10:13 AM  

As I was telling someone recently, I await the remake of Roots with whites being sold into slavery by orientals to blacks who deliver them to the Polynesian and Arab inhabitants of America.

Blogger Lovekraft March 12, 2018 10:22 AM  

The only reason hip hop/rap music isn't reduced to the dumppile in any modern culture is thuggery and intimidation and kickbacks.

Extend this society-wide and you see why Hollywood has such degeneracy.

Also surprised no one has mentioned 'The Hobbit' injected the female elf to create 'drama' or something.

Blogger Chris Lutz March 12, 2018 10:23 AM  

Disney made a movie version of the book back in 2004. It was a better attempt at actually following the book. However, it was made on the cheap and I have a feeling it was done simply to maintain the rights.

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 12, 2018 10:41 AM  

Jackson ass-raped the hobbit. A simple kids book of a couple hundred pages gets turned into three bloated movies lacking in any of the original's charm or spirit.

I won't see this. I might look up the earlier adaption.

Blogger Starboard March 12, 2018 11:06 AM  

Here's the link for the 2003 version of A Wrinkle in Time. I agree that it was a good adaptation, though uneven.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290382/

"“A Wrinkle in Time” is the latest victim of diversity-deranged stunt casting..." That's some excellent critical short hand right there.

I loved Wrinkle In Time as a child and still have a copy to this day. I can't muster much in the way of outrage as stunt casting is the status quo in Hollywood. I will not be watching. I read a couple of her memoirs and she was most certainly a northeastern liberal of the naive sort rather than the rabid.

Madelein L'Engle was the child of a musician and an art critic, married to a stage actor, and a writer herself. I'm not sure if she was always Episcopalian, but she was Christian. It was most certainly an artistic liberal type of Christian, and now Churchian. IIRC her books were originally banned because of perceived witchcraft within them, not because they were Christian.

http://www.stjohndivine.org/
The reading of Dante's Inferno sounds like fun, but the "Made in God’s Image: Female Imagery of God …" not so much. Sounds like something that would be debunked in Lewis' "The Great Divorce."

Blogger Nakota Publishing March 12, 2018 11:25 AM  

What a shame! "Wrinkle" was a favorite book from my childhood, and I made sure to share it with my son. Its religious message was never heavy-handed.
The diversity nonsense I can take or leave. But sapping the movie's primary message is a travesty!

Blogger Amos Bellomy March 12, 2018 11:29 AM  

But everyone knows that "A Wind in the Door" was the real MVP of that series.

Blogger Brett baker March 12, 2018 11:36 AM  

So we're looking at "Starship Troopers" Level bad then?

Blogger Brett baker March 12, 2018 11:36 AM  

So we're looking at "Starship Troopers" Level bad then?

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 12, 2018 11:45 AM  

Make awake in the Night Lands. A dark horror/sci-fi with an outstanding story with plenty of action. I can see that becoming the next great gothic horror, like alien only much better.

Blogger Amy March 12, 2018 11:53 AM  

@AmosBellomy, the claiming of CW for good, the sacrifice of the farandolaes youth for maturity, communion, and reproduction...oh my, it’s as though we shouldn’t be eternal children, no?

They were all good books, wonderful books. I anticipate sharing them with all of my children. But I have a niece who has read Wrinkle, and doesn’t like it. It doesn’t “say” anything to her. Her parents are atheists. My niece cannot get anything from the book because her fundamentals are lacking in the mere philosophy needed to grasp it.

It is sad.

Blogger Julia Sorensen March 12, 2018 12:30 PM  

It was pretty clear from the pre-release interviews with the filmmakers that making a faithful adaptation of L'Engle's work was not even on their radar. For starters, here's scriptwriter Jennifer Lee on why the Christian themes were removed for the movie adaptation:

https://uproxx.com/movies/jennifer-lee-wrinkle-in-time-frozen-2/2/

Uproxx: The book is pretty open about its Christian ideals and the movie doesn’t directly reference them. As a fan of the book how do you approach that aspect?

Lee: What I looked at, one of the reasons Madeleine L’Engle – as I’ve been told; I never got to meet her – but one of the reasons it had that strong Christian element to it wasn’t just because she was Christian, but because she was frustrated with things that needed to be said to her in the world and she wasn’t finding a way to say it and she wanted to stay true to her faith. And I respect that and I understand those feelings of things you want to say in the world that need to be said that are out there. In a good way, I think there are a lot of elements of what she wrote that we have progressed as a society and we can move onto the other elements. In a sad way, some of the other elements are more important right now and bigger – sort of this fight of light against darkness. It’s a universal thing and timeless and seems to be a battle that has to keep being had.

Uproxx: It also feels like this is a movie that celebrates inclusiveness and diversity, so having it be about one religious denomination wouldn’t really be keeping with that theme. Does that make sense?

Lee: It does. And I can’t put words in her mouth – and I worked with one of our producers, Catherine Hand, who was very close to her – but that wasn’t her intention. Her intention was looking at the ordinary real hero in an extraordinary situation. The power of love in this world, and we stayed very true to that. And her lens through it was Christianity and everyone has a different lens in. And that’s what inclusiveness is to me in this film, is really looking at all of us have a role to play in this no matter where we come from or what we look like.

That's a lot of word salad, but it almost sounds as if Lee thinks society has "moved past" Christian ideas, and that she defines "inclusiveness" as "everything but Christianity." But nah, I'm just being paranoid. It's probably just a coincidence that she also excised all the Christian ideals from Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen" when she adapted the screenplay for"Frozen."

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 12, 2018 12:42 PM  

With electronic cameras, a film can be made on a budget of about $4 million dollars. That's about what a mega-church can wash through in a quarter.

There's at least one black church making black faith films. I'm not sure if it's Atlanta or Dallas, but there's an ecosystem of black films being made with black actors in the USA.

The hardest part is the script: we know that special effects can be shifted off to Korea, post-production, or this could grow an industry distributed around the world.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella March 12, 2018 12:42 PM  

With electronic cameras, a film can be made on a budget of about $4 million dollars. That's about what a mega-church can wash through in a quarter.

There's at least one black church making black faith films. I'm not sure if it's Atlanta or Dallas, but there's an ecosystem of black films being made with black actors in the USA.

The hardest part is the script: we know that special effects can be shifted off to Korea, post-production, or this could grow an industry distributed around the world.

Blogger Gospace March 12, 2018 12:52 PM  

I have no intention of watching A Wrinkle in Time. My junior high school librarian recommended it back in the late 1960's when she noticed I was reading Heinlein and Saberhagen and Clarke. It was horrid then, and I'm certain hasn't got any better.

Pretty much any science fiction championed by librarians sucks.

Blogger OneWingedShark March 12, 2018 12:53 PM  

Starboard wrote:The reading of Dante's Inferno sounds like fun, but the "Made in God’s Image: Female Imagery of God …" not so much. Sounds like something that would be debunked in Lewis' "The Great Divorce."
Well, if we're going to take Gen 1:27 at its word ("So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.") it rather explicitly links mankind, God's image, and male/female... so it would be utterly unsurprising to find "female imagery" of God.

But this is rather intentionally missing your good [if implicit] point about cultural context of modern America which is itself rather steeped in feminism.

Blogger peppermint88 March 12, 2018 1:08 PM  

j/k rowling needed to read the fam wiki to keep everything straight when writing the final tl;dr books

which no one has read in a decade

Blogger peppermint88 March 12, 2018 1:12 PM  

Onewingedshark take your heresy to non-Christian blogs. God says that He is to be thought of as male.

I'm an atheist because God doesn't exist, not because I hate my ancestors.

It won't take much force to get people putting up Christmas lights and having pino flamingoes and garden gnomes as a creche set. People want to do cute, pro-community things. Currently the intellectual fashion is to not put cute stuff outside your house, which means any jackass can be the best Christian and patriot on the block by putting up one string of lights and one tiny American flag.

Blogger Julia Sorensen March 12, 2018 1:13 PM  

And then there's this, from Time Magazine (http://time.com/wrinkle-in-time/), where director Ava DuVernay explains how she and Oprah had never read "A Wrinkle in Time" because it "missed their neighborhoods," and then spends most of her interview time talking about how she wants the movie to look (i.e. nothing as it was described in the book).

***When it came to envisioning Wrinkle’s worlds, the first thing DuVernay saw was not topography but faces. She wanted Meg to have brown skin, and the three Mrs. to be “black, white and someone who wasn’t either,” as well as different sizes, faiths and ages. ... The movie’s visuals are more than a little weird, something like the results of a highly productive LSD trip. “Men who are doing sci-fi I don’t think are having as much fun in the makeup, hair and clothes as we did,” says DuVernay. Winfrey’s hair, perched above her rhinestone-bedazzled brow, alternates between voluminous Earth Mother curls and Frank Gehry splines, for example. Kaling’s kaleidoscopic costumes borrow from cultures across the globe and, well, Witherspoon sports shamrock lip gloss and a tangerine bouffant.***

Then the director hilariously admits, while sitting by the actress who plays Meg, that she doesn't even like kids and can't relate to them.

***For the role of Meg, DuVernay auditioned about 70 girls. ... (DuVernay) adds that hiring a mature young actor whom adults could relate to was crucial. “I don’t have kids for a reason,” says DuVernay, patting Reid’s knee affectionately as if to say, “No offense.” “My films are my children.”***

Why did Disney put a children's movie in her hands?

***Audiences clearly want a balance between escapism and reality, stories that leave them feeling good, but not without some prodding to examine the world around them. “There’s a particular person that I feel like is the root of all darkness and evilness that’s going on in the world right now,” says Reid. Her director and co-stars widen their eyes. A few bob their heads in approval. “Smart girl,” murmurs DuVernay.***

It hurts to see a child being brainwashed in real time.

The most exasperating thing of all is that I think A Wrinkle in Time's sequel, "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," is an absolute masterpiece and would make a fantastic movie... but now that Disney has bombed "Wrinkle" not once but TWICE, it will never get made.

Blogger Robert March 12, 2018 1:16 PM  

Let's make a version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" with the races reversed and see how it flies. Or "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

Blogger Starboard March 12, 2018 1:52 PM  

OWS: "Well, if we're going to take Gen 1:27 at its word ("So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.") it rather explicitly links mankind, God's image, and male/female... so it would be utterly unsurprising to find "female imagery" of God.

But this is rather intentionally missing your good [if implicit] point about cultural context of modern America which is itself rather steeped in feminism"

God is most certainly Male. In fact, He is so male that the entirety of His church is His bride. If I, a human female, am made in his image, it must an aspect of His image other than gender/sex.

But yes, we agree on my implied point about modern culture drowning in feminism. The part of The Great Divorce I was thinking of was the Anglican Bishop worrying about getting back to the town for his talk on what Jesus's teachings would have been like had he not died at such a rash young age.

Blogger papabear March 12, 2018 6:06 PM  

Is it true that L'Engle was or became a feminist?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 12, 2018 6:27 PM  

papabear wrote:Is it true that L'Engle was or became a feminist?
After her husband died, she lost all moorings and became a New Age flake.

Anonymous Anonymous March 12, 2018 7:44 PM  

@1:

there was a remake of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eithty Days with Passepartout played by Jackie Chan.

I would highly recommend the 1956 movie version with David Nivens and Cantinflas.

Granted, the part of Passepartout (a Frenchman) is played by a Mexican, but he does such a darn good job (and the movie is one of those I would consider on par or better than the source material) I give it a pass.

@46:

Why did Disney put a children's movie in her hands?

It's not your grandfather's Walt Disney. The modern-day Disney is a satanic organization.

Blogger tweell March 12, 2018 7:48 PM  

With Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 42% critic and 36% audience, this movie will not make back what it cost. Get woke, go broke, Disney!

Blogger Starboard March 12, 2018 7:51 PM  

"After her husband died, she lost all moorings and became a New Age flake."

Luckily her best works were written well before then. The meet the Austins/The Young Unicorns series were downright old fashioned. In a good way.

Regarding her religious beliefs:
"L'Engle was a very strong Episcopalian and believed in universal salvation, writing that "All will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the small portion of the population who have been given the grace to know and accept Christ. All the strayed and stolen sheep. All the little lost ones." As a result of her promotion of Christian universalism, many Christian bookstores refused to carry her books, which were also frequently banned from Christian schools and libraries. However, some of her most secular critics attacked her work for being too religious" From infogalatic

Blogger Damaris Tighe March 12, 2018 8:57 PM  

i adored this book when i was a child, but i find movies of books are mostly disappointing anyway.

Blogger papabear March 13, 2018 2:21 AM  

50. Thank you!

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Blogger Workingstiff March 18, 2018 7:22 PM  

I've notice that all the adverts and media visuals of the movie always shows Oprah front and center. Notwithstanding the book centers on an adventurous tourney of the main protagonists--The children. This movie and promotion is not about the message of the movie, its about creating salience to the viewer to brand Oprah into their mind as the all-wise earth mother (Ironic considering that she and and the director have no children, nor are married) who sometimes gives away free cars.

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