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Joe’s Random Review: “Preacher” Season Finale

Warning spoilers!!!!!!

This is a tv show review. Not a movie review!

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The new TV show Preacher, airing on AMC, has just completed its season one finale. It is already been confirmed for season two. It is based off of the Vertigo comics comic book, much in the same light as the shows Constantine and Lucifer. It is already gained quite a following with its dark humor, modern western setting, and completely vague use of the supernatural. Almost fantasy shows tend to over flaunt the use or misuse of supernatural powers, Preacher does it actually very subtly and so is more enjoyable for more conventional audiences.

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In this episode, Jesse Custer seeks to use the angel’s heaven phone to bring God to the town of Annville . With this comes great controversy among the locals because Odin Quincannon, an angry atheist, is trying to convince the townsfolk that God is not real and so tries to teardown the church for the sake of expanding business in Annville . But Jesse knows better not only through his faith but also through the power which he has namely the Genesis entity. Which gives him his curious powers.

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At his side, are his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and Cassidy, who happens to be a vampire. It is obvious from the get-go these two friends do not share Jessie’s outlook on life or his view on faith in general. From the very beginning Jesse Custer seeks to save the town of Annville due to the dire conditions which they are currently in. And to redeem himself of past sins. where Tulip and Cassidy can plainly see that the situation to save the town is just about hopeless, the ever vigilant Jesse seeks to do whatever he can in this case stealing the angel’s phone . Upon doing this, Jesse summons God to the church but after some questioning they find that this God is actually an imposter and that God has left heaven this leaves this leaves the people of the town of Annville very speechless as the devout Christians realize that the God they been praying to is not in heaven and so probably doesn’t care about them. And atheists led by Quincannon, who now realize that heaven is real and there is a God but he’s not there. You can clearly see that chaos takes hold of the minds of Annville’s citizens.

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Whichever side of the argument you are on is obvious that madness and ascends upon the people Annville. Jessie, Tulip, and Cassidy then leave the town. As part of the riot consumes Annville, the town mascot , who commit suicide, drops his cigarette. Its still lit, and  ignites the pressure buildup of methane at the town’s powerplant. Which causes an explosion which consumes the entire town of Annville. Assumedly, with all its residents still within.

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At first I didn’t really think all that much about the storyline other than the fact it was a good storyline and a good ending to an already good season one for Preacher, it wasn’t until my second viewing that I realized it had a very strong parallel with the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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In the story, God sends three angels to the sister cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were populated by sinners. Historical context will show that one of the reasons why they were a target for Divine Intervention in the first place, was because they worshiped the pagan god Moloch, who was recognized in the ancient mythology and  ancient pantheons as the demon god of child sacrifice. Depending on which version of the story you’ve heard , the three angels are initially sent to Sodom and Gomorrah to get to know the people and to see if whether or not they are worth saving. In the end they are not and the angels destroy the city sparing only Lot and his family.

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With the exception of Lot and his family, the three heroes Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare and Cassidy could be symbolic of the three angels presented in the original story. In many ways all three characters seek to save the town of Annville in their own different ways and different methods.

Jesse Custer has great faith in the people and great faith in God and one in many ways the superego of the group.

Tulip is a little bit reckless and very much represents the ego. An avenging angel, if you will.

And Cassidy represents the head as he just wants to have a good time namely. He also I noticed has been a few similarities with the trickster god image of old folklore and mythology.

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Nothing in particular, just noting the symbolism that I found in the season one finale after my second viewing of it. It’s just kind of interesting to see that kind of symbolism in this particular type of show. Just goes to show you the preacher is in for one hell of a season two , and that as the tagline reads, “the beginning is nigh.”

Directed by Sam Catlin

Show Creators- Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg

Cast

Dominic Cooper…….Jesse Custer
Joseph Gilgun…….Cassidy
Ruth Negga……….Tulip O’Hare
Lucy Griffiths………Emily
W.Earl Brown……..Hugo Root
Derek Wilson……….Donnie
Jackie Earle Haley……Odin Quincannon

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: Stephen King’s IT

An original makeup test on Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia:”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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It is heavily implied in the movie that the character Sheriff Cooley (played by Daniel von Bargen) is in fact, the Devil. When our heroes meet Tommy Johnson, a guitarist who sold his soul at the crossroads, he describes the Devil as “a white man with empty eyes and a big hollow voice, and he likes to travel around with a mean old hound.”

He is in fact, describing the Sheriff himself. Empty eyes, because of his sunglasses. Big hollow voice, because of his microphone. And the mean old hound is the bloodhound at his side.
Not to mention the fact that almost every shot the Sheriff is in, there is a fire or fire-like coloring somewhere in the frame.

Towards the end of the movie when the trio are confronted by him, they question his motives by telling him it’s against the law. To which he responds, “The law? The law is a human institution.”

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”

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At one point in the film, Robin Hood says, “Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.” This is a direct reference to Kevin Costner, who played the character in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. He (rather obviously) uses an American accent.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Ghostbusters” (2016)

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2016 brings us another entry in the remakes and reboot territory. And this generation tends to react negatively towards those if they’re not done right. When it was announced that Ghostbusters, an awesome franchise in its own right, was due for a reboot one can imagine the backlash it was due for. Fortunately, what was brought to us was an entirely new film, with new characters, a modern setting, upbeat comedy, and was totally respectful of the original films. It was actually a very good movie all around, in spite of any negative criticism that is has gotten.

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Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are former colleagues who wrote a book on the paranormal. Gilbert initially wants it unpublished as she thinks of it as an embarrassment. But while investigating a haunting with Yates and extremely eccentric engineer Holtzmann (McKinnon) they discover that the supernatural is in fact real, and seek to get actual proof to the scientific community. As the three begin to start a campaign, Patty (Jones) a subway worker tells them of a ghost she encountered n the subway. As the four begin their investigations, they begin to realize that something much bigger than simple hauntings are happening. Along the way, they hire Kevin (Hemsworth) an incredibly dim witted guy as their receptionist.

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Right off, let it be said that the comedy mixes very well with the supernatural elements within the storyline. Although the look of the ghosts have changed (no doubt because of modern filmmaking’s use of CGI) the scare factors are still there. Part of the reason why the original was so effective was its ability to make audience of all ages scared briefly, and laugh the rest of the way through it. While this movie wasn’t nearly as scary, it was extremely effective in the comedy department. All four Comediennes do a terrific job in this movie with both verbal and physical comedy. Top marks for all performers on this piece.

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While many fans of the original Ghostbusters will undoubtedly harbor a grudge against this new addition to the Ghostbusters, but as a fan of the original films and of this new one, let it be said that any fans who harbor such terrible words of contempt for this film should really get a life.

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With a stellar cast, good writing, and great directing, this Ghostbusters is both respectful to the original’s fans, and to a newer generation.

P.S. Stay for a scene after the credits

Final Score:
6.5/10

Directed by Paul Feig

Cast

Melissa McCarthy……Abby Yates
Kristen Wiig……………..Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon…………Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones……………..Patty Tolan

Chris Hemsworth…….Kevin
Neil Casey………..Rowan
Charles Dance……..Harold Filmore
Ed Begley Jr………..Ed Mulgrave

Cameos
Dan Akroyd
Harold Ramis
Bill Murray
Ernie Hudson
Annie Potts
Sigourney Weaver

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country”

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The alien Federation President in the film is played by actor Kurtwood Smith……

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Who also plays Red Forman on That 70’s Show.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Se7en” (seven)

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The actor who plays the film’s serial killer ‘john doe’ requested to remain uncredited until the final credits at the end of the movie. He is a very popular actor, and didn’t what the audience members looking for him to appear until Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt’s characters encounter him at the end of the film.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m not saying who it is.