Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Noah Graphic Novel Promises a Very Enochian Film

In my earlier post on the upcoming movie Noah, I noted that it was based on a graphic novel by Ari Handel. This, it turns out, was only partially correct. In fact, the graphic novel was essentially a pre-production story board authored by the film’s writer/director Darren Aronofsky, as well as Handel and Niko Henrichon. That said, if the movie follows the graphic novel, we’re in for a spectacular ride.

The artwork is worth the price of this graphic novel!
Aronofsky’s story has generated a good bit a controversy, some of which is legitimate. Yet before I touch on that, let me start by stating a few things about the graphic novel’s rendition. For one, the illustrations are gorgeous; it’s a piece of art that I’ll proudly display with my finest hardcover novels. Also, I’m very pleased with the way the story acknowledges one of the most curious verses in the Bible (Genesis 6:1-4) and borrows from the apocryphal Book of Enoch. As an author of Enochian fiction, I’m excited this “mythology” is getting some prime time play!
In the graphic novel (and hopefully the film), Noah encounters the Watchers—rogue angels who left heaven for earth. In Genesis, as well as the Book of Enoch, these angles left heaven because of their lust for the beautiful “daughters of men.” This isn’t the case in the graphic novel. There, the rogue angels travel to earth to help mankind after its exile from the Garden of Eden. They teach man all they know, but man eventually turns that knowledge toward war—and ultimately against the very angels who taught them. As Semyaza, their leader, tells Noah, “Your kind turned our charity into our torture.”
Hopefully we'll see some Watchers in this film.
The Watchers now live in exile, their appearance having become monstrous since abandoning heaven. (Imagine a six-armed ogre and you’ll get the picture.) In the graphic novel, I found them to be a sympathetic lot. They even become Noah’s friends and help him build the ark, which was an unexpected twist. In short, Aronofsky’s story may be the most empathetic take on the Watchers I’ve read to date.

An even bigger twist, perhaps, occurs in the character of Noah. His mission is to save the “innocents”—the animals, God’s creations. Man is killing His creations, slaying the rhino, for example, to use its horn to make potions. Noah begins to wonder if mankind should die out, and eventually this conviction becomes a dark obsession. By the novel’s midpoint, Noah proves to be a very hard character to pull for because he’s convinced God desires mankind’s extinction. In the end, this results in a powerful character arc, and if the film stays true to the graphic novel, Russell Crowe seems the perfect actor to pull this off. But whether the story is true to scripture is an entirely different question.

This one's on my Kindle to-read list!
The controversy begins with Aronofsky’s uber-environmentalist take on the reason for the Great Flood. Author Brian Godawa, who penned the historical fantasy novel Noah Primeval, wrote a blog post titled “Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko” that’s well worth reading. Godawa takes on all the controversies from Aronofsky’s script, including the difficult to reconcile notion that God would stop mankind from harming the environment by annihilating that environment on global scale.

That’s not what scripture says, according to Godawa, who notes that in Genesis, God brings the Flood because of the evil of men—something that suggests more than simply killing animals for food or whatnot. Further, as Godawa points out, greenhouse gasses and global warming weren’t a problem back in Antediluvian times: “And how in the world was Neolithic man able to destroy his environment and cause global warming anyway? Exactly where did the carbon emissions come from? Fred Flintstone SUVs?” According to Godawa, turning “the tale of Noah into an environmentalist screed and an animal rights diatribe does violence to the Biblical meaning and turns it into something entirely alien to the original meaning of the text.”

Aronofsky’s story also diverges from its other source material—the Book of Enoch. In that ancient text, the Watchers’ lust for “the daughters of men” convinces them to rebel against God and travel to earth to mate with human women. And while they also end up teaching mankind the ways of war and weapons and sorcery, they spawn the Nephilim—the giant-like offspring who ultimately wreak so much evil on earth that God sends His archangels, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel, to deal with the problem. They end up imprisoning the Watchers deep within the earth, before God sends the Great Flood to erase all the wickedness the Nephilim and men created together. This, however, is in stark contrast to the sympathetic take on the Watchers presented in Aronofsky’s graphic novel.

Here’s my view, on the graphic novel at least: I agree with Godawa pretty much wholeheartedly on the religious problems with Aronofsky’s tale. Moreover, the take on Enochian mythology that I adopted in Enoch’s Device is far more consistent with Godawa’s and the Book of Enoch than that of Aronofsky. But all that said, I appreciate that different authors can approach the same subject matter in utterly different ways. Aronofsky’s Noah may diverge from the biblical narrative, but I’m eager to see what spiritual meaning may remain once his tale is told on screen. (Here’s is good opinion piece on that point from CNN.)

Had there not been a biblical narrative to compare it to, Aronofsky’s graphic novel would tell a compelling story, even if the main character is very hard to root for. And coupled with the masterful artwork, it does itself justice in this graphic form. The only issue is whether one can separate the art from a more accurate biblical rendition of the tale.

I’m still looking forward to the movie, and promise to post a review once I see it (though it may be a week or two). Until then, however, I’m curious as to your view—do you have an opinion on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah? And, if so, let us know what it is.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Da Vinci’s Demons: Five Questions Going into Season 2

Season 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons debuts tomorrow and the trailer makes it look damn good, so I’ve put together my list of five big questions going into the new season. There are some *spoilers* below, so if you haven’t seen the show, you may want to go to Starz On-Demand. The entire season is only eight episodes, and they’re great fun if you’re a fan of historical fantasy and appreciate an Italian Renaissance setting.

1. Who will survive the insane cliffhanger ending to Season 1?

Episode 1 ended with the Pazzi Conspiracy, a notorious historical plot that went down on April 26, 1478, in Florence when members of the Pazzi family, backed by Pope Sixtus IV, tried to assassinate Lorenzo de’ Medici and his family. Pope Sextus, who is a truly despicable villain in the show, sends his equally despicable nephew, Count Riario, to help carry out the murders, which were supposed to occur by serving the Medici’s poisoned holy wafers during Easter mass. But that plan goes awry when Lorenzo’s brother Giuliano bursts into the Duomo. A swordfight ensues and the pope’s men kill Giuliano (who, incidentally, turned out to be one of the most likable characters on the show). Meanwhile, Lorenzo (who is much less likeable) is left fighting for his life.

By the end of Season 1, Leonardo has saved Lorenzo and the two are safe behind a locked door in the church. But then Lorenzo notices the ring of his mistress Lucrezia around Leonardo’s neck and realizes the two are lovers. Just as Lorenzo threatens to kill them both when they get out of this mess, Count Riario fires some Renaissance-style grenade launcher through the door… and CUT!

We have to wait until Saturday to see who survives. But that shouldn’t be a tremendous mystery since almost all of the show's characters were real people—so history tells us how and when they died. Also, the major death in the Pazzi Conspiracy—Giuliano’s—has already occurred, although a second one is coming up and the weasel will get what he deserves! The one main character who is truly fictional is Lucrezia Donati, so we don’t know her fate. But she’s so essential to the story, I have to imagine we’ll be seeing plenty of her in Season 2.

I think we're looking at the survivors!

2. How long will the show be away from Florence?

The central plotline of Da Vinci’s Demons concerns the quest for the arcane Book of Leaves, a tome that supposedly contains the secrets of the divine. One of the best scenes in Season 1 came in episode 2 when Leonardo discovers a book stolen by the hanged Jew. The Jew was a member of the Sons of Mithras, a group desperately seeking the Book of Leaves before Pope Sextus can add it to the Vatican’s secret archives. Leonardo deduces that when the book’s pages are torn out and properly pieced together, they form a map of a New World, the place where the Vault of Heaven supposedly exists, which contains the Book of Leaves. From the Season 2 trailer, it’s clear the story will take the characters to South America and what looks like a Mayan kingdom. This storyline looks promising, but I’m going to miss Florence and Rome if the show stays away from there too long. Yet with Lorenzo and Pope Sixtus remaining in Italy (as they should, unless this series is going even farther off the historical rails), I have to imagine there’ll be ample portions set in Italy. But only time will tell.

3. What’s going on with the Sons of Mithras?

Since the arrival of the Turk, this has remained a central question on the show. We now know that several significant characters were members of this group: the Turk, the Jew, the Abyssinian, Cosimo de’ Midici (Lorenzo’s grandfather), and maybe even Leonardo’s mysterious mother. Then there’s the statue in the Turk’s lair, identical to the one Cosimo owned, of a lion-headed figure, entwined by a serpent, holding two keys—just like the two keys needed to open the Vault of Heaven. This statute is an actual symbol of the mystery cult of Mithras, who was a foreign god worshiped in ancient Rome. He likely had Persian origins, perhaps linked to Zoroastrianism, and also has been linked to Gnostic mysteries, if my brief research is correct.

The mysterious Turk
In the show, the Sons of Mithras could be shaping up to be an Illuminati-type organization. After all, they’re opposed to the Church and have some devotion to science, as evidenced by Cosimo’s astrolabe which supposedly can help Leonardo navigate his way to the New World. But I still think there may be a magical element to this group. For one, there’s their invocation: “I’m a son of Earth and starry heaven. I’m thirsty. Please give me something to drink from the fountain of memory.” Sounds pretty mystical, right? Also, they’re fixated on the Tarot, and it’s no coincidence that most of the episodes in Season 1 are named after Tarot cards.

Nor has the show shied away from the supernatural. So far, we’ve seen the Spear of Destiny (which pierced through armor with ease), a very likely undead Vlad Dracula, and the strange visions from Leonardo’s childhood in the cave where he sees himself literally as the hanged man, in the position of the Tarot symbol, hinting possibility of time travel or reincarnation (remember the words of the Turk: “Time is a river, but what most fail to grasp is that the river is circular. One man’s death opens the doorway to the birth of the next.”). Who knows where this will go, but it’s one of the most intriguing aspects of the show.

Could he be any more evil?

4. Is the story taking an Enochian turn?

The most jaw-dropping line in episode 7 came when Pope Sixtus was talking to Leonardo about the Book of Leaves. “Its authors were the Nephilim,” the pope said, “the offspring of angels and the women of man.” This is a clear reference to that curious verse in Genesis Chapter 6 and the lost Book of Enoch, and I wonder how far the series will take this in Season 2.

Already, we might have a few clues. In the opening scene of the series, the Turk tells Leonardo that “History is a lie that has been honed like a weapon by people who suppress the truth.” What if that suppressed history was the story of the fallen angels and the Nephilim, the one told in the Book of Enoch that was lost for more than a millennium? Then there’s that invocation: “I’m a son of earth and starry heaven.” The Nephilim were the offspring of humans (earth) and angels (starry heaven). Could this be the meaning of this cryptic invocation? Only time shall tell.

And how freaking evil might she be?

5. Can Lucrezia Donati be trusted?

Where to start? We’ve finally learned that she’s spying for the Vatican to protect her father, who’s being held prisoner in Castel Sant’Angelo by Pope Sixtus. That had me feeling a little sympathy for Lucrezia, but it didn’t last long because, damn, if she doesn’t have an evil streak in her. After all, she framed and then murdered poor Becchi, who was an honorable character on the show; she set up Leonardo for his sodomy trial which could have ended with him being burned at the stake; and then she stabbed and nearly killed Giuliano, long after he’d become a favorite character. Yet just when you think she’s heartless, she helps save Lorenzo’s wife and daughters during the Pazzi Conspiracy. I frankly don’t know how I feel about Lucrezia, but I’m fairly certain she will somehow hitch a ride to the New World and play a big role as the series moves on.

As always, I’m curious as to your thoughts. So let me know your views on Season 1 of Da Vinci’s Demons and what you’re looking forward to when it begins again this Saturday night.

* Images courtesy of

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A New Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer!

Only a few more weeks until the April 6th premier of Season 4 of Game of Thrones. HBO's new trailer shows a lot of action from A Storm of Swords, but might there be a hint of A Feast for Crows?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of my all-time favorite holidays, so today I'm re-posting an updated article from years past about Stephen R. Lawhead's Patrick: Son of Ireland.

I had little appreciation for the story of Saint Patrick until I began the research for Enoch's Device. That novel begins in Derry and tells the story of two Irish monks who try to prevent the apocalypse at the end of the Tenth Century a time when many in Christendom feared the world would end one thousand years after the birth of Christ. Prior to my research, I knew only the most common stories about Ireland's patron saint: the tale of the trinity and the shamrock, and his chasing the snakes out of Ireland (which has no native species of snakes, by the way). Back then, Saint Patrick's Day was merely a good excuse to drink Guinness at a raucous Irish pub. But once I began my research all that changed, especially after reading How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. I cannot recommend this book more strongly to anyone who is of Irish descent or who’s even remotely interested in the amazing role the Irish played in the survival of Western civilization during the Dark Ages.
Cahill’s book contained the first account I had ever read about Saint Patrick. Here's the abridged version. By the beginning of the fifth century, with the Goths and Huns threatening Rome, the Roman garrison in Briton became depleted as troops moved back to defend the continent. This exposed Briton to attacks by foreign enemies, including the Celtic Irish who ravaged Briton’s western coast. One of the largest raids occurred around the year 401 A.D., when literally thousands of Britons were captured as slaves by Irish raiders. One of those captured was a teenage boy who we know today as Saint Patrick.

Patrick was a Romanized Briton and the son of a noble family. He was not born “Patrick,” and his original name remains in question, yet at least one source has him named Succat. Patrick served his enslavement as a shepherd to an Irish chieftain named Miliucc, who ruled a kingdom in the hills of Antrim. According to legend, Patrick remained captive for six years before escaping after hearing a voice in a dream about a trader’s ship that would return him to Briton. After finding the ship and returning to home, Patrick eventually made his way to Gaul at a time when hordes of Germans were crossing the Rhine to engage the Roman army. There, Patrick studied religion, became a priest, and later a bishop – the title he held when he returned to Ireland as one of its first and most famous Christian missionaries. It is with this background that I read Stephen R. Lawhead’s Patrick: Son of Ireland.
Photo credit: Sicarr
I had anticipated that this novel would tell the story of how Patrick converted the Irish Celts to Christianity. I was wrong. The book actually tells the tale of Patrick's early life, before he returned to Ireland. Aside from a brief epilogue, the novel provides no account of Patrick’s later years which earned him his sainthood. Instead, the author focuses on Patrick’s captivity and enslavement. And this is where the novel truly shines. Patrick’s enslavement introduces him to a druid named Cormac and his sister, Sionan, the woman with whom Patrick falls in love. After surviving several failed attempts at fleeing his captivity, Patrick, with Cormac’s aid, escapes his brutal life by agreeing to serve in a house of druids, and eventually studies to become a bard. This is where the novel becomes both fascinating and controversial.

The bards and druids of Lawhead’s Ireland can use magic, which firmly places this novel on the fine line between historical fiction and historical fantasy. Many of the druids and bards who teach Patrick are also members of the Ceile De, essentially Christian druids who believe in the one true God. Patrick ultimately becomes one of the Ceile De; he never becomes a priest or a bishop, though this is not necessarily foreclosed because the novel ends before the reader learns what becomes of Patrick later in life.

Not surprisingly, this plot point is controversial for those who feel the novel downplays or even eliminates Patrick’s Roman Catholicism. After all, they argue, the Roman Catholic Church would never have canonized a druid. But I view Stephen R. Lawhead as taking artistic license for the sake of his story. And overall, his story works – especially the two-thirds or so of the novel that take place in Ireland.

Although it was not what I expected, I enjoyed this novel, very much at times. And while the author may have taken artistic license with his subject, it works well in the end, telling a story of faith once lost only to be discovered again.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A St. Patrick's Day Sale for Enoch's Device!

In honor of one of my favorite holidays, the Kindle version of Enoch’s Device will be on sale at Amazon for the next 6 days! After all, the book's heroes, Brother Ciarán and Brother Dónall, are Irish monks who undoubtedly enjoyed a pint or three on St. Patty's Day!
Irish monks emptied the kegs on St. Patrick's Day!
In a recent review, Cate Peace of Indie Books R Us called Enoch's Device “a refreshing twist on the religious thriller, and one that will have you turning pages from cover to cover as fast as you can.” You can read her full review here. Here’s a link to the book’s Amazon page, followed by an image of the cover and a brief summary.

Nearly a thousand years after the birth of Christ, when all Europe fears that the world will soon end, an Irish monk, Brother Ciarán, discovers an ominous warning hidden in the illuminations of a religious tome. The cryptic prophecy speaks of Enoch’s device, an angelic weapon with the power to prevent the coming apocalypse.
Pursued by Frankish soldiers and supernatural forces, Ciarán and his freethinking mentor, Brother Dónall, journey to the heart of France in search of the device. There, they rescue the Lady Alais from a heretic-hunting bishop who insists mankind must suffer for its sins. Together the trio races across Europe to locate the device, which has left clues of its passage through history. But time is running out, and if they don’t find it soon, all that they love could perish at the End of Days.
Enoch’s Device is a fast-paced medieval adventure steeped in history, mythology, and mysteries from a dark and magical past.
In other reviews, Stephen Reynolds of SPR called Enoch's Device is a wonderfully imagined, vividly described, alternately lyrical and violent romp of a novel that should give lovers of historical fantasy just the kind of fix they're looking for.” And Marty Shaw of Reader Views wrote: “If you enjoy tales of magic and adventure that are perfectly blended with reality and history, ‘Enoch’s Device’ by Joseph Finley will be an exciting read for you.”
I gave an interview to Ms. Peace, where I revealed a bit more about the upcoming sequel – you can read it here.  Also, you can read more about Enoch, the Fae, and the Paladins of Charlemagne in my interview that appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer here.

Happy St. Patrick's "Week" everyone!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's March Madness for Historical-Fantasy TV!

This has been a crazy month so far if you’re a fan of television shows with historical or fantasy elements. I’m running out of time in the day to keep up with all the good TV airing right now, and we’re still a few weeks away from the biggest one of them all, the debut of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones ( you can watch the newest trailer below).

Here’s a quick re-cap of everything I’ve had to keep up with.


We’re only two episodes into Season 2 and my favorite Viking family has gone through a divorce, my favorite monk, Brother Athelstan, is now a fierce warrior, and Ragnar and his new wife have a brood of sons who will go down in Viking lore. As for the new wife, princess Auslag, is it me, or do I sense of bit of Cersei Lannister in her? She’s beautiful for sure—though Lagertha was too—and motherly, perhaps, but I’m not sure I trust her. And Siggy, well she’s certainly up to no good!

I'm not sure Flint can be trusted!*

Black Sails

This show has gotten better by the week. I don’t know if I like or despise Captain Flint—I sure can’t trust him, just like his crew can’t, and I wonder if he doesn’t deserve what they plan to give him. That said, I cannot imagine Billy Bones is gone; otherwise, Treasure Island never happens. Meanwhile, we’ve had Captain Vane rise from the dead (still can’t wait ‘til they explain that one), and we’ve seen Anne Bonny come into her own (she’s truly the most intriguing character in the past three or so episodes). And, I’m liking the hotheaded Eleanor even more as the show goes on. Anyway, Flint is in big trouble, and I have no idea how this season will end. I’m really looking forward to the finale this Saturday.

I'm truly looking forward to the return of this one!

Da Vinci’s Demons

In the midst of all of this, Starz will launch the second season of its historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons on March 21. This show has so many elements I adore—an arcane religious plotline, evil clerics, intrigue and murder, the magic of science, fun characters, etc. I’m re-watching the first season right now, and am loving it even more the second time around. Also, it’s inspiring me to get back to Florence. Soon.

Once Upon a Time

Even this show’s back. And while it’s very different from the other shows on the list, it’s the only one I can watch with my daughter—because, after all, it’s only one not R-rated. I do really like this show and I enjoyed the Neverland/evil Peter Pan angle in the first part of this season. I recorded Sunday’s episode since my wife and daughter were out of town, but look forward to diving back into this one later this week.

And before we know it, we’ll be back with Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen, who, based on this trailer, is turning into a major freaking badass. As if she wasn’t one already. March may be madness, but April looks to be even more fun!

* Photo courtesy of Starz

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Some Viking Humor for this Thursday!

With Season 2 of Vikings underway, I'm offering a little Viking humor for this Thursday, a take on the most famous of all Viking raids: the attack on the Lindisfarne Abbey in 793. In Season 1 of Vikings, this is where we met Brother Athelstan, who didn't play a role in last week's episode, but maybe he will tonight. The coming attractions show big things ahead for the show's favorite monk!

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Noah Film Sounds Very Enochian

On Friday, Paramount Pictures issued a disclaimer about the upcoming Russell Crowe film Noah aimed at religious audiences. Here’s a link to an LA Times story about the disclaimer, and to a more humorous post on io9 titled “Noah’s getting a ‘please don’t freak’ disclaimer for religious people.” I’ve not seen any cut of the film, but I suspect that any “please don’t freak” disclaimer may have to do with the movie’s Enochian themes.

Noah looks like you don't want to mess with him!

By “Enochian” I’m referring to a mythology derived from the Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish text which elaborates on one of the most the cryptic verses of the Bible. It’s the beginning of Genesis Chapter 6, which is the first chapter of the story of Noah (it runs from chapters 6 through 9, by the way). Here’s how it begins:
When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterwards—when the sons of God went into the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes of old, warriors of renown.
—Genesis 6:1-4
The very next verse tells how God saw that the wickedness in the world was so great He decided to blot it out with the Great Flood, and by Genesis 6:8 Noah is on the scene. Having gone to parochial school, I can safely say that every religion teacher I ever had skipped over this verse. No one tried to explain who these Sons of Gods were, what it meant when they “went into” the daughters of men, or what a Nephilim is (even though some translations use the word “giants” instead).

The Book of Enoch brings this cryptic verse to life. It tells how the “Sons of Gods” were rebel angels who came down to Earth and mated with mortal women to produce giant-like offspring called the Nephilim. The rogue angels also taught people forbidden arts like sorcery until God sends down his archangels—Michael, Raphael and Uriel—to apprehend the rogue angels and imprison them inside the earth. Then God unleashes the Great Flood to take care of the Nephilim and wipe out all the evil the rogue angels created.

There's a whole lot of Enochian myth in this novel!

Scholars disagree about when the Book of Enoch was actually written (with some putting it at ca. 300 B.C.), but it’s cited in the New Testament Letter of Jude and the First Letter of Peter, and copies of it were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The book was clearly known to first-century Jews and Christians but was considered apocryphal by St. Augustine, among others, and disappeared for more than a thousand years, only to be rediscovered centuries later, in 1773, by the Scottish explorer James Bruce during his travels in Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Brother Remi of Paris, a character in my own novel, Enoch’s Device, has a conspiracy theory on why the book disappeared, but that’s just one monk’s take.

This doesn't look like an old fashioned Bible tale.

So how does all this relate to the upcoming film? According to the movie’s Wikipedia page, two of the listed characters are Samyaza and Azazel. In the Book of Enoch, these are the leaders of the rogue angels who lust after the daughters of men. Also, the movie is apparently based on a graphic novel called Noah by Ari Handel. I haven’t read it (though it will be re-released on March 18), but a sneak peek on Amazon showed it’s utterly Enochian, complete with ogre-like giants and multi-winged angels. To those unfamiliar with Genesis 6:1-4, I’m sure this could seem very strange. Maybe that’s the reason for the disclaimer, but we won’t really know until the film is released.

This is one of my favorite Enochian tales!

Personally, I’ll be thrilled if Noah has an Enochian take. Enochian mythology is a huge part of Enoch’s Device, which includes a hunt across Europe for the lost Book of Enoch. Other works of fantasy fiction also have been inspired by Enochian myth. My favorite is Thomas Wheeler’s The Arcanum, which also involves the Book of Enoch and a tribe of fallen angels lurking around New York City in the early twentieth century. Another good example is Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology, which even features the rogue angels trapped in their earthly prison.

I’ll let you know more about the film after I see it. Yet in the meantime, if you have a view on the movie or the controversy surrounding it, I’d love to hear from you. Just post a comment and let me know.