On a mission from God

Some Blue BrothersJust this morning we discovered the Vatican retains a movie critic. Hell, they even maintain a Best Films list which -given the emotional power of cinema- isn’t as unlikely as you might think; baby jeebus and Martin Scorsese are both  fighting for your ‘soul’. 1 

Perhaps da Pope John Paul II 2 said it best:

Since the first public audience in Paris viewed the moving pictures prepared by the Lumière brothers in December 1895, the film industry has become a universal medium exercising a profound influence on the development of people’s attitudes and choices, and possessing a remarkable ability to influence public opinion and culture across all social and political frontiers.”

And all without the use of pederasty and torture! Somebody could take a lesson…

In any event what brought this useless knowledge to my attention was the L’Osservatore Romano’s recent review of The Blues Brothers. Consider:

Quando uscì, nell’ormai lontano 1980, The Blues Brothers dovette superare anche il fuoco di fila di prestigiosi critici d’oltreoceano. Oggi che torna sul grande schermo — per due soli giorni…”

Okay, hold on; no one here speaks Italian. 3 The gist of the review is this:

The Blues Brothers is a modern classic.

Which is an update from the Vatican’s previous blessing of the movie back in 2010 as a “Catholic classic…that should be viewed by Catholics the world over.”

Uh huh: the Vatican finds an extended doper’s riff on a one-note comedic sketch, indifferntly lensed, amateurishly acted, and just barely directed, the Vatican finds this to be a modern classic? Holy fuck. By those lights the current incarnation of SNL is genius… 4

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Show 4 footnotes

  1. …and the Devil take the hindmost.
  2. He was the Catholic one.
  3. Though we’re fairly fluent with the hand gestures…
  4. Now we have to find the Vatican’s archive of film reviews; we just gotta know what it made of Liz Taylor in Cleopatra.

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