Joined: Sep. 2006
Kristine steps into the frame.
|If you want to reframe this discussion, why not start calling this a "chick [Jack Chick] film"?|
Why not sarcastically repeat, "Evolution almost killed Ben Stein's dad!" Okay, two suggestions on the table. Let's do something.
Good grief, the news from Hollywood is that Expelled is looking more mangled than Michael Jackson’s face. Ohh, this isn’t looking good – National Review’s John Derbyshire weighs in. We know what a friend to creationism he is!
|Win Ben Stein's Money [John Derbyshire]|
The National Council for Science Education's Expelled Exposed website is running a competition in which you can win fabulous prizes by pointing out errors in Ben Stein's silly movie (errors, that is, in addition to the dozens already logged on that site).
Meanwhile, for all you guilt-by-association fans, here are some fervent anti-Darwinists on parade. None of that beastly, God-denying science'n'rationalism stuff for these bold lads!
The photo he links to:
Geez, Derb! Don’t mince words, just say what’s on your mind!
Michigan Online hates it.
Slashdot hates it (and also runs an Expelled Exposed plug).
Again from the Orlando Sentinel:
“Jackie and Jet rule, Nobody forgets Sarah M., everybody forgets Ben Stein”
|And $3 million in tickets were sold to people who probably haven't been to a movie since The Cash-in of the Mel, a few years back. But Expelled? Mark it "absent." Over 1,000 screens, less than $3,000 per screen, lotsa hype from the pulpit, and America didn't buy it. Americans don't go to documentaries unless they're made by Michael Moore and Christian conservatives are not known to be big Discovery Channel/PBS Nova viewers. Thus, a perfect "yawn."|
This has to hurt for sure, from The Raw Story:
Ben Stein Shows He’s No Michael Moore
|If numbers are any indication, Ben Stein has shown he's no Michael Moore.|
Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary which makes an argument for intelligent design over the theory of evolution, debuted at just number eight among the top ten grossing movies last week.
The film made $1.2 million on Friday in 1,052 theaters. By comparison, Michael Moore's 'Sicko' raken in $23.9 million its opening weekend from just 441 theaters, and Fahrenheit 9/11 did $23.9 million from only 868 slots.
"Playing in 1,052 theaters, the pic distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures earned $1.2M Friday for what should be a $3.4M weekend," penned Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily. "But the per screen average for Friday was a feeble $1,130 (that $3,000 ballyhooed on the Internet would be for the entire weekend), showing there wasn't any pent-up demand for the film despite an aggressive publicity campaign. So much for the conservative argument that people would flock to films not representing the "agenda of liberal Hollywood.'"
Okay, now the reviews are starting to link to Expelled Exposed. Take that, Chris and Randy.
Two opposable thumbs down from another Moore:
|All the loaded references to Stalin, communism et al. reminded me of Khrushchev's famous challenge to the West, "We will bury you," meaning that communism would use the very precepts of Western democracy and capitalism to weaken and break us. Stein and friends use scientists' need to speak in terms of probabilities, rather than absolutes, to undercut a scientific theorem that withstands test after test, from Darwin to the Scopes Monkey Trial.|
And the reframing gets just brutal:
|Shockingly, the "experts" Stein hurls up against evolution are disgruntled, under-credentialed academics dismissed from lesser colleges, they say, because they wanted to teach creation rather than science. Other "experts" in the film come from anti-evolution "think tank" cranks and a Pole who invites nothing so much as a really good Polish joke.|
Holy crap, can an opening for a film suck any more than this?
I’m not worried. (Did I mention that Expelled sucks?)
Which came first: the shimmy, or the hip?
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