all Catholics should watch The Blues Brothers

17 06 2010

It’s not a surprise that the Vatican newspaper would list “The Passion of the Christ” as a recommended film for Catholics.  Other movies recommended have included “The Ten Commandments”, “Jesus of Nazareth”, “Joan of Arc”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”.   But it is somewhat surprising that “The Blues Brothers” is also on the list and that it is “recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere”.  Now, don’t get me wrong — it’s an awesome movie, one of my favorites of all-time.  But I’m surprised it would get a recommendation from the “Vatican’s newspaper”, given that it has some crude language in it, along with an R rating.  (To be fair, the movie would be rated PG today, or PG-13 at worst.  And for extra credit, what does that say about how our culture has changed?)

Do you see the light?

The movie does have a great story, and it’s got great music and acting, too.  And they are on “a mission from God”.  It just seems odd that a Vatican newspaper (L’Osservatore Romano) would be recommending it.  Granted, it’s not coming from the Pope himself and it’s not an official Catholic newspaper, but still, this is influencing a lot of people.

The article also states that Mr. T was in the movie.  I sure don’t remember that, but according to IMDb, he was a guy on the street, an uncredited extra.  Now I need to watch it again, to look for him!




2 responses

17 06 2010
Thomas Wayne

I clicked on Mr. T’s link at IMDb and saw that he’s been in 20 different TV shows and movies. He has 73 guest appearances on TV as himself. Can’t have too much Mr. T…

It’s also weird to see Paul Reubens in “The Blues Brothers”. You may know him better as Pee-Wee Herman. If you look at his filmography credits on IMDb, he was on Sesame Street, Moonwalker (with Michael Jackson), Saturday Night Live, Rock ‘n Wrestling Saturday Spectacular, Mork & Mindy, The Flintstone Comedy Show, and many more.

6 07 2010

more Mr.T.
no more Pee-Wee Herman.

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