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For over 150 years, one convincing lie has prevented billions from knowing the truth? The trailer for this awful movie makes a heck of a lot of bogus assertions and doesn’t present one speck of evidence.
I’ve noticed that Eric Hovind’s one-night stand, Genesis: The Movie is going to be playing at a theater two hours away from me, in St Cloud. It’s on a Monday evening, on 13 November, when I can get away from work early enough to make it, and I’m tempted to go and document how bad it will be.
Your mission: talk me out of it. I get enough from the trailer to see it’s going to be one long irrational Gish gallop built on flimsy premises and bad arguments, so the movie will be a waste of time, but it might be interesting to talk to some of the people in attendance (or even the organizers) to diagnose what’s going on in their heads.
So tell me why that would be a bad idea so I can just stay home and read a good book instead.
I’m already aware of the possibility that I’d show up and get thrown out of the theater. That’s happened before.
Those of us who read your blog value your brain cells. Please don’t sacrifice them in an effort to see this movie.
You’d be giving him money and boosting his audience numbers. If you want to review it, wait for the DVD release and borrow it from a library or something.
Oh, no! They collapsed our god! He just crumbled away! I’m convinced now.
Oh, you just have to go see that, it looks wonderful! (Did that work? Are you now convinced not to go?)
just john says
Don’t go, as it will tempt you into wielding heavy sarcasm when you post about it. And we know Baby Jesus really hates heavy sarcasm.
It’s a lot of driving, interrupted only by what’s sure to be a really bad movie.
chigau (違う) says
The weather will probably be shitty.
Not worth the risk.
Marcus Ranum says
“For over 150 years, one convincing lie has prevented billions from knowing the truth”
“When you die, you don’t actually die.”
I can haz lie now?
Greta Samsa says
In the case where a book is made into a film, it’s often said that the book is superior. If that’s true in this case, then what will that mean for the film?
Take your wife out for a romantic dinner instead. You know it will be much more enjoyable.(And you wont have to tell us about it!)
Don’t go. You know that you will go to mock, but stay to pray…
But you probably won’t, will you? I mean, before you decide to go, you should consider if the best-case outcome is the most likely one.
Considering the markup that movie theaters have on 10 cents worth of popcorn kernels, I imagine that the cost of the alka-seltzer and barf bags that you’d need would likely be more than the 4 hours drive time in gas for your vehicle. Help save the planet, and your stomach and your sanity, instead.
Two hours there, hour and a half of film, two hours back. You could probably read John Milton’s Paradise Lost in that. It’d be cheaper and you’d get brilliant 17th century English poetry rather than globs of cheesy Hovind guff.
Or, you know, catch up on some sleep. Either’s good.
C’mon!! You know that it will be nothing but bullshit from the word “Go!” You can’t tell me that what they say will be just the same old pablum, dressed up in a different color or material. Stay home, take the Trophy Wife out to a nice relaxing dinner. Drive to another town! Fargo, yeah, Fargo!
What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says
You could just hang out outside the theater and interview people as they leave.
Though bashing your head repeatedly against your desk would probably be more efficient.
Joseph Zowghi says
I’m sure the Cinema Snob will see it. He willingly sat through Dinesh D’Souza’s hatchet job on Hillary Clinton.
Six hours of grading papers will be a more fun use of your time.
slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says
Too much Bullshut being spewed in that film, to even get the “so bad, it’s good” honorific.
Too many talking heads locked into “need” (eg: reason to exist, maker, belief, etc),
won’t accept “good to have questions to investigate”.
NEED answers in a book to fondle away all doubt.
BIG waste of time. Better to spend time ________ (fill in the blank, even with blank).
If it really is a 3D creationist movie it’ll give you high blood pressure and twitchy eyes. Damn, I can’t stop blinking just thinking about it.
You’ll probably be expelled anyway.
Well, the drive through Sauk Centre is super dreary once you get past Glenwood. Alexandria’s not much better, they have that weird round-about now. Then again, it’s all a little dreary until a deer runs in front of the car.
PZ Myers says
I have made that drive so many times. Cyrus, then Starbuck, then Glenwood, then…the great void.
I just put on some loud tunes or a podcast and sail on through. My wife has been driving out there even more often — she’s been working with my son on his garden almost every weekend. So I’m not too intimidated by a two hour drive. I live on the great western Minnesota prairies, far from everything, so I’m used to that amount of travel to get anywhere.
Realistically, what are the chances that the movie is going to make any new arguments that haven’t been refuted thousands of times already?
Stay home, you can on-demand a marathon of Ancient Aliens or Finding Bigfoot, you know, something educational.
Wait for part II. Everybody knows that the even sequels are always better.
Rob Grigjanis says
If Peter Gabriel’s in it, and they do “Supper’s Ready”, definitely go.
It’s $13.00 for this stinker! I rarely pay more then $5.00 for any movie!
Why would THESE creationists be more interesting than all the OTHER creationists you already deal with?
John Harshman says
I’m hoping your request to be talked out of it was facetious. Please go, so others don’t have to. Your sacrifice will be rewarded in heaven. Looking forward to the dissection (of the movie, not you).
Ogvorbis: Swimming without a parachute. says
On Sunday night, our local theatre is showing The Princess Bride in a really nice theatre with barco-lounge seating. For only $11.00. And we plan to eat out with the family before the movie and celebrate Girl’s official engagement (she’s been unofficially engaged for almost a year as it saved her almost $200 on car insurance). If you leave now, you could make it all the way to beautiful Scranton, PA (the place where the sun don’t shine!) and watch a movie with real actors, no 3-D, an actual script with narrative voice, Andre the Giant, and a man with six fingers!
Or you could drive two hours and see that piece of dreck.
Jim Phynn says
November 13 is both Pickle Day and Kindness Day. Surely the celebrations for both of these events would be more enjoyable than watching this movie…
Reginald Selkirk says
NEWS FLASH: Eric Hovind thinks evolution is “convincing.”
Sephi PiderWitch says
Wait for GodAwfulMovies to review it.and then you can get a hour of laughs as a bonus.
Checked prices in my area and it is some pretty pricey stuff. I haven’t been to the movies in so long so I don’t know what I normally pay but this movie is bound to be better than the last film I saw. I love how they got the deep voice narrator for the trailer.
My 14 year old was coloring a dinosaur just last week and I said why is there not a guy beside that dinosaur and she looked at me like I was crazy. She really needs to see this movie.
The Vicar (via Freethoughtblogs) says
I’d say that #2 nailed it. Why boost the numbers they can claim for their showing even in the slightest? Wait until you can get a copy without spending a dime.
For over 2000 years, one not so convincing lie has prevented billions from knowing the truth.
Don’t celebrate the anniversary of my birth with this movie. That would make my kids cry, real live humans. Do something enriching.
Ray, rude-ass yankee, Bugblatting Flibbertigibbet says
Wait a week, it’ll probably be available free from a nearby church basement. Odds are they’ll be happy to get the stench from that turd out of their building.
Ray, rude-ass yankee, Bugblatting Flibbertigibbet says
I’ve always approved of the idea that if a bad religious movie is in a multi-theatre, you can but a ticket for something else and walk into the “wrong” room and watch it. No attendance numbers or money for them!
I’m assuming that the blood coming out of my eyes and ears is normal after a video of this sort?
It is not worth the Carbon pollution to drive anywhere to see this so called movie.
I don’t see any value in going. Kent’s going to trot out the same pile of crap that you and every other scientist has refuted a million times. This “documentary” is Kent’s way of bilking the gullible, no the faithful
Doubting Thomas says
Waste your valuable time to go see something we already know is terrible, so you can tell us how terrible it was? No, I can’t think of any way to justify such a sacrifice. Besides, it might actually work, you might get converted, then where would we be? Wasting time on some other blog I suppose.
Woody Emanuel says
Just ask one of your students go and record how many people actually buy a ticket to this movie, shown…
…on a Monday
You could stay in Morris and watch a Harry Potter video. They’re more fun, better quality, more logical, and the claims of magic are documented by seven books, not just one. And you know the druids were hiding the secret of the magic from us muggles for over 3500 years.
I really hope you’re joking. If not, then no, your 14 year old does not need to see this movie, and she’s far more intelligent than you are.
I’m going to disobey your request.
Readon for one and only one sensible person to go…
Take checklist of expected points tick them off note anything new tell us about it
Enjoy creationist bingo
The audience may be skewed to insufferable fans and those having a faith problem looking for reinforcement. The later are worth meeting.
How about a Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment of this turkey? That could be a hoot. (And of course, with pizza delivered by Torgo.)
I was actually thinking about seeing Ray Harryhausen’s Clash of the Titans with some friends many years ago. One of the friends was quite the wag, and in got us all going. The film was terrible but the constant jokes and jeering made it lots of fun.
Wait, I thought that the original Clash of the Titans was well-regarded? I was under the impression that the stop motion was impressive for the time, at least.
Overwatch has started its annual Halloween event. You could stay in and earn some exent-exclusive gear. Besides, Dr. Junkenstein is a much more credible scientist than So-Hov.
The most amazing thing is that creationists think everything started with Darwin’s book on the origin of species, whereas the idea of evolution, transmutation, or whatever they wanted to call it back then, was already pretty much gaining traction in scholarly circles and beyond long before Darwin came out with his ideas. The idea of an Old Earth was in any case already established. So the defeat of Young Earth creationism is not merely 150 years old, it is much older.
I never knew Darwin came up with the idea of the Big Bang?
I’d wait for God Awful Movies to take a swing at it.
JoJo Bryan says
What I want to know is how did they get Optimus Prime to narrate this pile of cra*&&*….i mean stuff.
Creationist logic –101: Start with a known convenient fact. Completely misunderstand it. To wit… Stars evolve during their lifetimes. Evolving during one life is the cartoon version of biological evolution. And stars’s evolution even really happened when there were dinosaurs around, proving humans co-existed with dinosaurs. Since evolving stars are astronomy, and the Big Bang is astronomy, and evilution is Darwin, Darwin invented the Big Bang.
In general evangelical christians are kind, moral people with nothing but love in their hearts for their fellow humans. So, uh, what are the concealed carry laws like in MN? Cause if you go chances are high you will be shot multiple times by a kind loving christian, For the benefit of your immortal soul. Cause Jesus told him to.
Okay, I watched the trailer, and started sliding down onto my desk – this contains lethal levels of boredom. I wouldn’t risk it.
PZ, I’m not a scientist nor an expert on anything but I’d like to encourage you to let this movie go on without your presence. I’ll just list my reasons, any of which you may use as you wish.
1. Your attendence will add to the coffers of the charlatans who made the movie.
A) The ticket receipts will contribute to their ability to propagate more nonsense.
B) Your presence will only add to the census of people interested in such garbage.
2. You would have to spend your hard earned money.
A) Gasoline is expensive, then there’s wear & tear on your vehicle
B) Quite possibly, you’ll spend money by having a meal near the venue or buying snacks at the theatre’s concession stand.
C) Surely there are worthy charities, which would put that money to good use, making your conscience much more at ease.
3. Finally, please consider your reputation. The old saying, ‘you’re known by the company you keep’ applies here. You’re running the risk of startling someone should theynsee you entering the theatre. A world wide celebrity like you may attract TMZ or National Geogrsphic’s paparazzi photo-journalists. What would Richard Dawkins think?
I have come up with this ⬆ off the top of my head, my migraine & chronic daily headache diagnosed head. That proves my sincerity in preventing you from going to see this film. Find a local theatre showing a good movie instead, please.
I’m convinced by the deep, booming, authorataive masculine voice. He sounds a bit like Moses.