Thursday, November 09, 2006

Jesus Camp

I like how the title of the movie is Jesus Camp, because it's incredibly campy - little kids talking in tongues, dressing up as soldiers, worshipping at a cardboard Bush. The musical numbers have a certain Donnie Darko/Sparkle Motion quality about them. The worship practices are community theater.

The brainwashing for political causes kills the joy of the art. It then gets creepy as the celebration stops being about creativity and wonderful uniqueness and starts being about about convincing poor people to embrace the political party of the rich. Like the dude strapped with dynamite, like the People's Temple at Jonestown, the cult asks the individual to embrace their own annihilation.

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