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July 09, 2008




I believe the controversy over The Golden Compass was as much about the behind-the-scenes and the 2nd and 3rd books as anything else. If I remember correctly, the author (a self-proclaimed agnostic)of the books admits to writing them to be "anti-God". Also, the director admitted he tried to veil the anti-Christian theme in order to draw in an audience so that he could more directly portray those themes in the 2nd and 3rd movies. The author was quoted in one newspaper as saying, "...But if there is a God, and he is as the Christians describe him, then he deserves to be put down and rebelled against." among other things.

Not trying to start a heavy discussion or religious debate among your readers, just thought you might want to know some of why it was controversial. Michael actually did quite a bit of reading on this movie/book series. Being a pastor, and all. :)


Sorry, I forgot something:

One of the characters in the series at one point says, "The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all."

Tina Cockburn

I just re-watched "Dan in Real Life" the other night and I still really love that movie. I'm a huge Steve Carell fan. We also adored "Wall-e" and look forward to adding it to our collection of DVDs later this year.

Also, I taught myself to knit. I'm hooked!


We just watched "Dan in Real Life" and I loved it too.

sue Treiber

we just got 'Compass' from Netfix today, & 'Dan' in third down on my list. Glad to hear your take on them.
Have you seen Kung Fu Panda yet?

Jeanette Brooks

I totally agree, Dan in real life was great!!


I love jennifer aniston! Speaking of movies,
I just saw "the other boleyn sister"- and i was SO suprised how much i LOVED this movie. It intriqued me so much that i went on a google search to do learn more about these people. Anyways, thought i would recommend one to you :)

Andrea F.

There is a hilarious line from Dan In Real Life... "Put it on my tab". Cracks me up every time!

Andrea F.

There is a hilarious line from Dan In Real Life... "Put it on my tab". Cracks me up every time!


I loved both Dan in Real Life and The Breakup. I haven't seen the other ones you mentioned. I've been watching some of the DVDs we've had here for awhile. I watched the original of Yours, Mine, and Ours (with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda) and City of Angels (with Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage). I really enjoyed those. I also watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding again recently. Such fun!

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