Rogue One and the Last Jedi

Welcome to the 20th edition of My Fortnightly Movie/TV Thoughts.  Last fortnight, I reviewed Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).  This fortnight, I'm reviewing: Rogue One (2016), rated M for science fiction violence Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), rated M for science fiction violence Those are the Australian … Continue reading Rogue One and the Last Jedi

The Canon of Scripture, Part 2: Enoch and Jubilees

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The canon of Scripture is a settled issue, isn’t it? You’ve got your 66 books total, 39 in the Old Testament (24 by the Jewish counting) and 27 in the New Testament. However, when you do the research, things are not so simple. There are many “other” books claiming to be Scripture, a number of them accepted by various denominations and/or included in various Bibles over the years. Are they Scripture? Or just heretical additions?

In The Canon of Scripture, Part 1: The Apocrypha I established that the books known as the Apocrypha are inspired Scripture.  However, there is a much wider collection of works not included in our Bibles called the “Pseudepigraphia”, which means “false writings”.  Today, I will deal with two books of the Pseudepigraphia in particular:

  • Book of Enoch
  • Book of Jubilees

ENOCH

Of the books not in our canon, the Book of Enoch (also known as…

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Halloween

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Today – October 31st – is Halloween.  A day when many children dress up as goblins, witches, and other horrid things and go about getting treats from strangers (although this practice is becoming dangerous).

What is the origin of Halloween? Here is an interesting article on the subject:

Few pagan festivals have a history as strange as Halloween. This day is the eve of Allhallows Day (All Saints Day) and is one of the most solemn festivals of the Roman Catholic Church. Ironically it is also a day which commemorates beings and rites with which Christendom has claimed to be at war.

The “superstition” of Halloween is that from sundown October 31st until sunrise November 1st is that the unseen spirit world is closer to our world than at any other time. This is supposed to create a special opportunity for interactions between our world, and the world of…

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Mystery Blogger Award

Keziah E. from https://keziahe.home.blog has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. https://keziahe.home.blog/2019/09/18/mystery-blogger-award/ Thank you, Keziah!  (I definitely recommend checking out her blog, by the way.) My previous award posts: Sunshine Blogger Award Special Blogger Award Sunshine Blogger Award Blogging Award Sunshine Blogger Award Mystery Blogger Award Blogger Recognition Award The Awesome Impact Award The … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award

The Werewolves of Ireland

Ah, werewolves.  Popular trope in horror movies and novels.  Usually portrayed as a human who transforms into a humanoid wolf (or as a human-wolf hybrid).  Sometimes the condition (known as lycanthropy) is genetic and hereditary, sometimes it's the result of a werewolf bite, sometimes the result of a curse.  It's often (but not necessarily) related … Continue reading The Werewolves of Ireland

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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Welcome to the 19th edition of My Fortnightly Movie/TV Thoughts!  Last fortnight, I reviewed Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).  This fortnight I’m reviewing:

  • Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), rated M for science fiction themes and violence

That’s the Australian rating; in the United States, it’s rated  PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.

As usual, I’ll give the trailer and a clip at the end.

And as usual, I offer the following disclaimer just to be safe:

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD.  PROCEED AT OWN RISK.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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The franchise was all set to end on a perfect note with Revenge of the Sith.  But it’s Star Wars.  Unsurprisingly, Disney bought the lucrative franchise from Fox, and announced a new series of films and a new trilogy – to premiere with The Force Awakens

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