Saturday, April 11, 2015

Episode 14: In the Beginning was the Word

Ordet. We talk about faith, miracles, theology, what we'd say to Alistair Begg if we met him, Hugh Jackman as Paul, William Goldman's review of Saving Private Ryan, and the hoot level of movies. What is a hoot level? Listen to find out. Also: the Patriarch discusses his bid for the presidency.


  1. Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer.

  2. Actually, it's not William Golding who wrote the review but William Goldman, author of The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and some other scripts. In the 90s, he became a grumpy film critic who wrote essays about how film-making wasn't what it used to be anymore.

    Goldman actually liked Tom Hanks's performance in the film, and I think he talked a bit more about that in a few lines that are missing from the review link I found and left in the thread. He likes Hanks's wry, world-weary delivery and said it was one of the few good things about the movie. For example, in the "ugly tree" scene, Hanks says wearily, "I had a dozen kids like you."

    The one thing in the review that I'm not sure was a huge plot hole was the fact that they stayed behind with Ryan rather than forcibly taking him away. He acts like this is completely illogical, but it makes sense to me. After all, since Ryan is refusing, it would be tricky to drag him away kicking and screaming through enemy territory.

    And you're welcome for the Parting Glass mp3!


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