Your Week in Seriously Times: Feb. 26 – Mar. 3, 2012

Legos, Jesus fish, the Goddamn Bat Flu, Lent, Nazis, and T. Rexes — if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear this week was life trying to outdo all the crap that won Oscars on Sunday. Here’s the recap:

  • One Japanese astronaut is trying to turn the International Space Station into one of those Russian nesting dolls. Much like Putin’s pre-planned election results, it just seems like the Ruskies aren’t even trying to be devious any more. (Feb. 27, 2012)
  • Even in the earliest days of Christianity, they couldn’t help advertising their faith on the most expensive thing they owned. (Feb. 28, 2012)
  • ♬ Dunna-nunna-nunna-nunna, dunna-nunna-nunna-nunna BAT FLU!(Feb. 29, 2012)
  • Take it from Snee: Lent is a valuable time to explore your own faith and connect with God in a meaningful way … but, what if we got to apply it to others? (Feb. 29, 2012)
  • Just in case you were worried things were getting better, we found some racists either wielding authority or seeking it in the U.S. Now, don’t you feel better? (Mar. 1, 2012)

Sharing Lent with Others

If you’re of the Catholic persuasion, then you know that we are one week deep into Lent.

For everyone else: every year, shortly after Valentine’s Day, the Almighty decides that he’s tired of putting in all the work into this relationship — including that freaky four-way with his son and a ghost we asked for. After Mardis Gras, God sobers up and turns into the princess from A Knight’s Tale and asks us to prove our love by giving up something we love for 40 days.

I, for instance, gave up the slide whistle this year, which means 40 days of stern erections: a price my wife will just have to pay. In prior years, I’ve given up monologuing in the shower, checking my tissues for productive noseblowings and Chalupas because

  1. It has to be something difficult to live without. (I ate nothing but Gorditos in 1998 to keep to my non-Chalupa agreement.)
  2. It can’t be a repeat.

But, you don’t have to be Catholic to participate. In fact, Muslims have their own version, Ramadan, while Evangelical Protestants swear off of gay sex for their entire lives — which often leads to failure for extending it beyond the Lent season.

It is in this Christian spirit that I’ve prescribed some Lent suggestions to others. Who knows? Maybe it will change their lives permanently for the better.

Who got Lent recommendations, and for what? Read the rest at either:

Movies I’ve Sneen: ‘Red Tails’

After 17 years, we now live in a world with two movies about the legendary — in reputation, not existence — air group, the Tuskegee Airmen. And, Red Tails, this year’s offering, took over 20 years just to get made.

George Lucas, who had always listed Red Tails as his “next” project as far back as 1988 (so since Willow), claims that he could never get a studio to back an almost entirely black cast in a World War II film. Meanwhile, Fox had no problem pouring an estimated $343 million into each successfully dismal Star Wars prequel. It took his own money to finally put a film on the big screen where these larger-then-life heroes belong.

Written by John Ridley (Undercover Brother and the most excellent Three Kings) and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, Red Tails takes a very different storytelling path than the 1995 HBO TV movie, The Tuskegee Airmen. While Tuskegee used an ensemble cast — including Lawrence “Cowboy Larry” Fishburne, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, and John Lithgow — to focus more on the drama of racism in the 1940s and historical context, Red Tails was not hindered by small-screen and budgetary restraints. Continue reading Movies I’ve Sneen: ‘Red Tails’