December 12, 2014, - 12:42 pm

Wknd Box Office: Exodus: Gods and Kings (Moses-cide), Wild, Top Five

By Debbie Schlussel

Nothing I can recommend at the movies, this weekend. Sorry. The best of the bunch, the Chris Rock flick, ruined a great story with vile, disgusting grossness.



* “Exodus: Gods and Kings“: The ghost of Charlton Heston can rest in peace as the undefeated Moses champion. Christian Bale doesn’t even give him a run for his money. Not even close.

I called the “Noah” movie “Noah-cide” (read my review), and this would be best called, “Moses-cide.” They killed the real, heroic, beautiful Biblical story of Moses and the Exodus and turned it into a long, overly dramatic bore. I struggled to stay awake watching this utter waste of time. In this flick, Moses is an angry, homicidal maniac, who wantonly murders three Jews just for the heck of it. Huh?

Also, how the heck do you make a 3D movie of the Exodus and NOT show the parting of the Red Sea? What? How does this happen? Well, it happens when you have a director, Ridley Scott, who doesn’t believe in G-d, the Bible, or miracles. There’s no parting of the Red Sea here, and instead we are shown Moses leading the Jews wading into the Sea and suddenly you see them walking on sand covered in seaweed, shells, and detritus. Director Scott said he doesn’t believe the Red Sea parted. Instead, he claims, Moses knew when low tide hit, and he led the Jews onto the waterless sea at low tide, timing it just right so that the last Jews crossed over and the Egyptians got there when the tide was high (reminds me of the Blondie song, but no resemblance to the Bible). So we see the Jews walking on the sand and then suddenly a surfer-worthy tidal wave (which Ridley Scott claims was a tsunami) comes a crashin’ on the Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

Oh, and did I mention that there really isn’t G-d in this movie? Nope. Instead, a crazy, moody Moses has hallucinations of a young English boy who tells him what to do. That’s G-d: a young English boy. Yes, there’s a burning bush, but also the English kid standing in front of it.

You know the Exodus story, and so I need not repeat it. This movie is closer to the actual Biblical recounting than the “Noah” movie was. But it’s got nothin’ on Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.” Again, not even close.

And the movie is comical and silly though unintended. There is so much guyliner on all of the actors, it had to be enough to keep Max Factor or Maybelline in business for a year. The first Pharaoh in the movie, Seti, is played by John Turturro, which is hilarious, and I couldn’t stop laughing. This guy is mostly a comedic actor. He looks funny in eyeliner and an Egyptian costume. Ramses, played by the usually gifted Australian actor Joel Edgerton, is also ridiculously covered in makeup. He’s constantly shown eating and chewing on something, and once he becomes the Pharaoh, he’s still eating and chewing, but also whining about how his magnificent new palace isn’t done yet. He’s more Kardashian than Pharaoh-esque.

There is none of the charm that you see in the Bible or the DeMille film. There are no canes turning into snakes or anything like that. Yes, there is a pit of snakes at the beginning of the movie, with Ramses holding a snake and extracting its venom for some sort of health regime. But where the heck is that in the Bible? Maybe it’s in the Ulta/Sephora Bible–not to be confused with Zipporah/Tzipora, Moses’ wife. She, too, makes an appearance in this movie, as a tattooed (on her face) waif. The love scene between her and Moses is laughable.

The only good part of the movie was the portrayal of the Ten Plagues, except that in this movie there are only eight of them. What happened to the plague of the lice and the one with the wild animals? Skipped in this movie. Ditto for much of the to-do about the golden calf and Moses destroying the first set of tablets from Mount Sinai. That ain’t in this movie, other than a scene showing Moses hammering the words on the tablets and then seeing lots of lights and dancing below. But there is no pronouncement of what’s going on or if it’s bad, and no scene of anything after that. The “story” just moves on.

As for the liberal whining about the movie’s lack of minorities, what are they talking about? This movie is chock full of Blacks and Arabs, many, many more of them than were actually in Egypt at the time.

This movie isn’t the Biblical story of Moses and the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It’s sort of that story with a lot of silliness superimposed and dominating the real thing.

The best comment I’ve heard about this movie is from my fellow Detroit movie critic, libertarian Paul Arlon: “The book was much better!”


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Wild“: The mainstream (liberal) movie critics are gushing over this boring, meaningless waste of time and Reese Witherspoon’s performance in it. And I can see why. It embodies everything they like: the hippie wild child lifestyle of the American Northwest, wanton sex and sluttitude, abortion, drug use, divorce, tattoos, cheating, and all-around sleaze.

Witherspoon not only stars in this but she and her production company produced the film. She says she established her production company to make movies about strong women. But Cheryl Strayed, on whose autobiographical book the movie is based, isn’t strong. She’s a weak slutty, drug-using sleaze. And it appears the reason Witherspoon made this movie was to shed her wholesome, innocent image and show us her naked breasts in up close shots (assuming those are hers–a body double might have been used given Witherspoon’s real-life mosquito bite topography). Does an up-close shot of Witherspoon’s nipple constitute Oscar-worthy acting? Really?

The story is that Cheryl Strayed’s mother died of cancer when she was young. Thereafter, she lives an aimless life of heavy drug use (including coke and heroin) and sleeping with any man who wants to have sex. We see a scene of her as a waitress having sex in daylight behind the diner with two different strangers–customers at the diner–with one of the strangers waiting in line and watching while she has sex with the first one. Strangers on the street also watch. She tells her friend she is pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is (shocker!). But she’s gonna take care of that by getting an abortion. There are multiple scenes of her doing all kinds of drugs–some with strangers, others with her husband. She later divorces her husband and they get ugly tattoos together to celebrate.

So, to get over all of this, Strayed hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans from the California-Mexico border to the northern border with Canada. The whole message of the movie is that she went on this hike to redeem herself and toughen up from the life she led, and now she’s magically a great person for it. The movie portrays this as some sort of great accomplishment for a woman to hike this trail and face the wilderness and challenges. But she doesn’t redeem herself and doesn’t actually accomplish anything. She sleeps with more random strangers on the trail and cheats the entire time. She takes a bus ride, skipping a good deal of the trail, and then she constantly hitchhikes for several other long stretches of the trail. Yeah, that’s a great message to “strong women”–hitchhiking! You might turn up raped, dead, or both, but no big deal because, hey, it’s “empowerment!”

Not only is the movie’s message stupid and conflicting, it’s also a poorly made movie. The film is very slow and features constant, distracting flashbacks (to the drug use, sleeping around, and her mother’s cancer), and flash-forwards (to the fake hike). Oh, and did I mention that this movie screams to you at every moment how great this cheating, kinda/sort hiker is because she’s a woman who is hiking? Wow, a woman can hike. Alert the media and give her a Nobel Prize!

The book of the same name was a New York Times best-seller, all because many American women bought the book and read it. That should tell you a lot about the low “taste” and thinking of American women. Like I’ve said on this site many times before, I’d give up my vote immediately, if all other women gave up theirs. A lot of problems would be instantly resolved.

Memo to Reese Witherspoon: strong women don’t use a parent’s death from cancer as an excuse to sleep around, do drugs, and totally waste their lives and then think this all washes away because they kinda sorta hiked a long way but actually took buses and hitchhiked for much of it. Nope, this has nothing to do with strong women or redemption. Not even close.

With few exceptions, when all of the movie intelligentsia love something and tell you how great it is, you know it stinks. This is Exhibit A of that.

Skipworthy to the max.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Top Five“: This could have been a great movie, and I liked the basic story. But Chris Rock, who wrote, directed, produced, and stars in this, ruined the story with two incredibly disgusting scenes. You don’t need to be a prude to know that anybody who dreams this up and brings it to the tarnished silver screen is a warped lowlife, and I can only conclude from this movie that that describes Chris Rock to a “T.” It definitely describes Jay Z and Kanye West, who produced this movie along with Rock. We already know they’re lowlifes.

Do I really need to watch Chris Rock engage in various sex acts with two hookers at the same time in a hotel room amid feathers from pillows they destroyed? Do I really need to watch Chris Rock watching some sleazy fat Black guy engaging in various sex acts with those two hookers in the hotel room? Do I need to see mattresses filled with various bodily fluids and secretions that were the result in those sex acts? Chris Rock is depraved and sick.

But, wait, there’s more. There are scenes of Rosario Dawson allowing her gay boyfriend to have sex with her while she puts her finger up his rectum. Then, she puts hot sauce on a tampon and puts it up his rear. Yes, this is what passes for a movie these days. Vile.

Yes, there were funny moments and lines. But that’s all washed away by the push-the-envelope raunch. Back in the day, that would get it at least an NC-17 rating.

The story: Rock is a famous comedian who wants to be taken seriously. So he makes a movie about Black revolutionaries in the Caribbean who murder thousands of White people. “Kill the Whites! Kill the Whites!” is part of the movie’s dialogue. The movie is about to come out, but nobody in the press or anywhere else takes him seriously as a serious actor. He is also the fiance of a reality star and their upcoming wedding is scheduled to be on the reality show. Much of the movie is spent with Rock being interviewed by a New York Times reporter (Dawson) who ends up falling for him and telling him about her life as much as he tells her about his. There are many cameos by Rock’s celeb friends, including Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, etc. The title of the movie comes from Rock’s question to various people about who their top five favorite rappers/hip-hope artists are. Who cares? It’s like asking them who their top five favorite destroyers of American culture are. Same answer.

Like I said, it could have been an entertaining story (I loved the part where nobody goes to see his stupid, “serious,” anti-White movie). But it’s completely dragged into the gutter with those two extremely crude, disgusting scenes I described and isn’t worth seeing. Utter garbage.


Watch the trailer . . .

Don’t forget to hear my movie reviews first thing every Friday morning on “The Mike Church Show” on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 after 7:05 am Eastern and on “The Pat Campbell Show” on KFAQ 1170 AM Tulsa at 7:35 am Eastern. I do my movie reviews on both, as well as some discussion of current political issues and pop culture topics on both shows.

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18 Responses

My first clue to skip Exodus was that fact that the title has ‘gods’ plural and lower case. This tells me that they aren’t interested in a Scripture based telling.. sigh. I’ll skip.

Karen on December 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Thank you again Debbie for dealing with the dreck of Hollywood so we do not have to. I highly suspected a bomb based on the trailers for Exodus. Clearly, after Noah, Hollywood has yet to learn that to tell a Biblical story, they need to be faithful to the original. But, seeing the general liberal hostility towards Jewish and Christian faiths, I doubt it will ever happen again like when Heston was starring on the then truly silver screen.

I love your rating system and got a kick out of the “plus 4 Isis beheadings”. Genius!

Disgusted with Media on December 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Debbie – Thanks for getting your reviews out early on Friday! It makes planning the weekend a lot easier. You really are a terrific soul for sitting through all this garbage as a caution and service to your readers. Keep up the good work.

RalphGoy on December 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I would add that Chris Rock’s movie is unintentionally funny in that it shows how the mainstream media and celebrities feed off each other. They’re both sleazy and disgusting and you can laugh at their pretension to be decent people. They’re anything but and that is a sad reflection on today’s popular culture. There is nothing wholesome about it that people should take seriously.

And atrociously bad movies like those Debbie reviewed today indeed deserve to be ridiculed and laughed at. There is a dearth of genuine talent and truly decent people in Hollywood and the gutter level stuff made into movies shows how truly depraved it has become. No, they don’t make things like they used to.

Like I always like to say, its another exhibit of America’s continued slide into oblivion.

NormanF on December 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I’ll stick with Random Harvest. Ronald Colman and Greer Garson would turn over in their graves if they saw this s*it.

Reese Witherspoon’s image? After she was stopped for drunk driving and gave the police officer such a hard time?

Little Al on December 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

So Exodus is about as bad as the preview looks, Least Witherspoon and somebody’s stunt-boobs play a backpacking whore who “finds” herself (hmmm maybe backpacking is a code for what she’s doing), and Chris Rock is in a movie that (much like the fake movie within in the movie) nobody will go see. Skip, skip and skip!

Once again, another public service provided by Debbie Schlussel!

Sean M on December 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Debbie – thanks for the reviews. I suspected that the Exodus movie would be heretical and I won’t waste a dime on it. As for Wild, I had very little interest in seeing it, none now after reading your review. As of Chris Rock’s production, I think Chris Rock has alienated me and others by calling white people crazy.

Concerned Citizen on December 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Exodus: Hilarious. Sounds like something Scott pulled out of his crusty azz.

Top Five: Call me weird, but I NEVER thought Rock was funny. I once nearly threw up while seeing him do his schtick at a comedy club. Trust me, if I repeated what he said you would see him in an all new way.

Simon on December 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

One thing I’ve never understood – why do Atheists even start to meddle in religious history/mythology, if they don’t believe in their divine underpinnings?

Infidel on December 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Easy answer MONEY.
    Atheists are convinced, and too often proved right, that if you make the crappiest movie and throw in some religion that the movie going public will buy tickets to it.
    Some people even consider it their duty to support “religious” movies so Hollywood will continue to make “religious” movies.

    smg45acp on December 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm


From what I understand, Ridley Scott (allegedly an atheist) decided to make a movie about the Hebrew exodus from Egypt and turned it into “Moses the Barbarian”.

I’m an atheist and I’m offended.

Debbie – no offence but you were too effing generous when you gave that film 3 Marxes – it should have been 5 ISIS beheadings, 4 Obamas, 3 tofurkeys, 2 Lysols – and a bin Laden in a pear tree.

Just saying.

The Reverend Jacques on December 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

“Behold his mighty hand”

Moses parts the sea:

ebayer on December 13, 2014 at 1:46 am

Wasn’t planning on seeing Exodus, as I try to avoid the product of Hollywood. But interested to read Debbie’s review.

It couldn’t be made clearer in Exodus what actually happened. For example, Exodus 14:29,30 says:

“But the Israelites walked on dry ground in the midst of the seabed, and the waters formed a wall on their right hand and on their left. ?Thus Jehovah saved Israel on that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”

If you don’t want to acknowledge that account, Hollywood, please don’t call your movie “Exodus”. Call it…. I dunno… SomethingElseodus – but not Exodus, please.

sue on December 13, 2014 at 2:31 am

At least we get two movies with the Isis be-header dude. Gotta make some lemonade when life is just about sour lemons these days.

It’s kinda comical how Libtard Hollywood is trying to capitalize on “Religious” movies yet make poor movie-goers choke on their Libtard bastardized versions. It’s like Hollywood’s version of “Common Core” (now, with added sleaze!). I’d rather watch painters paint the movie theatre than that dreck.

I am a big fan of Joel Edgerton but he looks so dopey in the movie. Bale is always super-handsome but how sad he’d hitch his talents to such a crap film. They should just hire that horrid, bloated Bogan Russell Crowe to do such movies. Only his nutter fans would attend and it’s a nice heads-ups for the rest of us to avoid the celluloid turkeys.

I appreciated DS’ review of the Reese Witherspoon glorified porn pap. Everyone loves an unpaid whore with a heart of gold flick! At least Prostitutes get paid! They should merge the AVN’s with the Oscars. If we are gonna listen to bints thank their parents for skanking it up on film hearing it from Hollywood freaks would up the comedic factor and household name factor. Chris Rock’s film is a great supplement to that sleeze, too.

And I can’t think of a more inane question than one’s top 5 “rap/hip-hop” ‘stars’. Rap is the biggest crap to ever infect music and that’s just like asking someone to lovingly crap on about their favourite smellings farts. It’s gross, untoward and nobody really cares. I’d rather talk about 5 Justin Bieber songs and I only know 1!

Skunky on December 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Sounds like Mel Brooks made a better Moses than Christian Bale does.

ebayer on December 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

RE: Exodus, looks like Paul Arlon had it right: “The book was better.” You can say that about virtually everything coming out of Hollyweird these days.

jc15 on December 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Thanks, Debbie. Penguins of Madagascar it is.

Scott had “Alien.” That was his great movie. (Did he also do Blade Runner? Or was that his brother.)

Occam's Tool on December 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

Rock is a Liberal. That means his logic breaks down.

Occam's Tool on December 15, 2014 at 12:13 am

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