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I’m starting a new feature here on the blog called “disjointed” this is for all the new reviews that I do with out my “joint” crew involved. Enjoy

Hillsong Kids: Follow You
Kids Live Worship
CD, DVD, & Digital songbook

Buy on amazon & Integrity

Integrity just released these to the US and I actually got my copy this afternoon. I was on my way to pick up my 8 year old from school when I decided to pop it in the CD player.

My 3 year old asked “is this a God song?…I love the drums on this one!” Yes he is a rocker kid. My other son jumped in the car and I had my 3 year old, 8 year old and 1 year old all headbanging to Take it All in thier car seats like a scene out of “Wayne’s World”

They loved it. I could review this till the cows come home and you honestly would not care, but they put it out for kids. My kids loved it. we don’t have a huge kids service at my church but if you did then you need to get the digital sheet music and get your kids doing these songs.

They also put out a DVD with resources, Action lessons, split tracks, concerts etc. It is a great resource for your kids at home or even at church.

This here is the clincher.

We have a rule in my house. My kids can’t watch or listen to anything that is wicked annoying. Like Barney UGH!

This CD can be listened to by a normal human being and not only will they not gag they will be head banging and worshiping with the kids in the back seat.

If you have kids then get it. If you don’t have kids then get a kid and then get the CD. Enjoy.

{spoiler alert}

Last night, after waiting for 17 years, I went to see “Watchmen”.

It was 2 hours and 45 min.
I had my pretzel and coke in hand. I was ready to be super happy or super disappointed.

I of course read the book. and while the movie stands alone I do believe that having read the book it changed my feelings about the film.

Let me start with the opening of the film. It was perfect. I mean it was like panel for panel with the graphic novel. I was completely floored by how much in this film matched up to the book. The details were amazing. Down to the last drop..and I mean that literally. The people they cast look so much like the book it was wild.

This was a fanboys dream and it lived up to in in every way, but….

The director decided to take liberties with violence that really bothered me. As an example there is a scene in the book where Rorschach finds a child killer chains him in his house and then burns it down. In the film however we got to see a change for the sake of shock value where the man is chained and then butchered in the head with a meat clever. It was very disturbing to watch.

There was more of that kind of stuff. Some of it was in the book and some not. I don’t shy away from violence in films, but there is something to be said for leaving it to the imagination. I this film we never have to use our imagination. This was very disappointing and not necessary for the film at all. In my opinion it really soured it actually. This to me was the worst part of the film. I hate violence just for the sake of it and there were some bloody scenes that were not in the book that they added in for no reason other than to get an R rating.

Then there is Doctor Manhattan who walks around as a big blue alien naked guy. His penis is fully exposed. This wasn’t too much of an issue for me because the character to me is like watching a documentary on a tribe in brazil or something. It wasn’t meant to be crude or for shock. While this wasn’t an issue for me it will be for others and is not appropriate for kids.

There is a “almost” rape scene which was straight out of the book. The director took it a little too far with the violence again and added more then there should have been. No nudity in it.

There were some prostitutes, but I don’t think they showed anything…

As far as explicit sex there was a scene on a couch which really didn’t show anything, a dream sequence which was just like the book and was kinda artsy so it wasn’t too much of an issue to me. There is an odd scene with the blue guy and silk spectre where there are 3 of him pleasuring her. Again we don’t see anything.

Then there was “the” sex scene. In this scene two major characters have sex on a ship. This scene is in the book. However there is something about 1980’s simple line art that is a little different than real people. While it was a necessary part of the film and the book I think they chose to show way too much. It is not an artsy fartsy film. Much of that scene should have been left to our imagination. Showing kissing and a shirtless back is enough, but they showed Silk’s breasts and and showed climax. This bothered me less than the violence because at least it was in the book, but it was still unnecessary and awkward.

The cinematography in this film is breathtaking. The fighting scenes are outrageous. The acting and casting is perfect. The story is brilliant. The violence is way over the top. The sex shows too much.

I had a hard time reviewing this film because I have been a fan of this for so long.

After thinking about it here is my thought.

If you have read the book and you are a fan of it then you will want to see this film. You will also know when you should be covering your eyes because anything that is violent in the book is taken to an extreme in the film. If you are able to get away with not watching in theater then rent it and make the ffwd button your friend.

If you have not read the book I don’t think you will be lost by watching the film, but because of no emotional attachment you might as well skip it and wait for star trek in May.

If you are under 17 and want to see this…send me your phone number so I can tell your parents to lock you in your room.

This is not a kids film and it contains too much stuff for shock value, but at the same time is a brilliant film. That’s why it is so hard for me to review. While I personally loved 85% of the film. The 15% of it that bothered me makes it so I can’t recommend this film to anybody who has not been an avid fan of the book since it came out.

For a more detailed review

[Rating: 3.5/5]

The Joint: The Czar

March 5, 2009 — 9 Comments

Review:  The Czar – Life Support

The First EP from Hip Hop artist The Czar can be purchased at:
http://www.discrevolt.com/theczar

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The Joint: what is it?

March 4, 2009 — 3 Comments

So you have seen this crazy thing on 3 blogs now… Just thought I should tell you what it is before it starts showing up.

I have about 750 or so CD’s on my ipod and I am getting more very often. People ask me all the time. “what should I be listening to…What should I be doing in church…whats good these days?”

So i realized I love doing reviews, but they are so infrequent. I also love multiperson reveiws. So I hooked up with to rockin guys:
Worshipcity
Live to Worship

And “The Joint” was born. We will have this feature VERY OFTEN.

3 guys…3 worship leaders….3 wicked cool people…and tons and tons of music to review with our thoughts that you can use.

…and it all starts tomorrow.

My Reviews

March 3, 2009 — Leave a comment

I wanted to post a list of my reviews I have done so you can get a chance to look at them.

I have a new review feature that will be showing up here, called “the joint”, that you don’t want to miss, but until then you need to catch up.

Books

Worship Matters: Bob Kauflin
The Shack: William P. Young
They Like Jesus Not the Church: Dan Kimball
Blue Like Jazz: Donald Miller
90 Minutes in Heaven: Don Piper

Planning Blended Worship: Robert Weber
Dangerous Act of Worship: Mark Labberton
Save Me From Myself: Brian “Head” Welch
The Barbarian Way: Erwin Mcmanus
God Songs: Paul Baloche
Unchristian
Jim and Casper Go to Church
The Gospel According to Starbucks
In a Pit with a Lion on a snowy Day

The Wild Goose Chase

CD’s

Klaus: Glory-an evening of worship
Joel Augé: On the Blue
Leeland: Opposite Way
Worth Dying For
Deluge: Live
Lincoln Brewster: Today is the Day
Sojourn Music: Before the Throne of God Above
David Crowder Band: Remedy
Matt Redman: Best of
Sara Groves: Add to the Beauty
Brian Doerksen: Holy God
Vicky Beeching: Painting the Invisible
Hillsong United: All of the Above


Multi-Angle Reviews from The Worship Community

Hillsong London: Hail to the King
Kari Jobe: Kari Jobe
Freddy Rodriguez: Champions Live