Saturday, February 18, 2017

Judging Angels the Movie!

In 120 seconds. It is designed to compel you to purchase the Bear's dubious novel. It features a pretty redhead and a gun. And some other stuff  you might expect a Bear would probably throw in. Enjoy! And linking this once wouldn't kill ya, would it?




Sort of like the opening credits of To Kill a Mockingbird plus the shower scene from Psycho. It actually has more cuts per minute than Hitchcock's famous scene. Math doesn't lie, people.

13 comments:

  1. The video is very creative.

    Methinks it would have marketed much better if you'd been releasing in November! :-p

    Christmas miracles for Easter just don't have quite the same ring to them.

    Is that the daughter?

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    1. Two words. Die Hard. Anyway, it is really a subversion of the Christmas Miracle trope, so I'm kind of stuck with it, since everything happens around Christmas. If I had stuck to my original schedule, then there would have been a Christmas release. It's Christmas 365 days a year in the woodlands.

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    2. Yeah, but with the weather in LA, who notices the difference with Christmas in July? And it's not like the Archdiocese was known for its catechesis. Half the catholics probably thought it was Christmas.

      The other option, of course, is to just delay another 6-8 months and you're right back on schedule. :-p

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  2. Oh....You should put links in the Notes section for the video. Expecting people to actually type in urls themselves is expecting too much.

    I'm seeing a video link at the end to your Bear video. If that's done intentionally rather than YouTube tossing it in, IMHO you ought to drop that.

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    1. Apparently, I don't get to decide whether I want my video to have follow-ups. Users can flip off autoplay if they want. That sucks. I'm not sure what you mean about links in the notes section. You can share it like any other. Unless you're meaning to put a link here on the blog so people can copy and paste.

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    2. On youtube, In the area where you type info about the video, you can put hyperlinks...like to your publishing house, and later where to order.

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  3. Fantastic. I cannot wait. Please have signed copies available for purchace.

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  4. I recall reading an excerpt of JA and thinking it sounded noirish, and it looks it in this video. Not surprising since the bear is a criminal defense attorney. Are you anti-death penalty?

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  5. If there is a consistent take from readers, it is that it defies genre. Probably not the best thing for marketing, although it is called a psychological thriller. But I wouldn't call it noir. It is never a page or two away from some ursine humor.

    I am against the death penalty, which should come as no surprise, although I put someone on death row as a prosecutor. My reasons are two. (1) Illinois' capital punishment system was the poster child for an inept and corrupt death penalty system. Too many people on death row were exonerated by DNA. Then, we reformed it, and it was so much better. I am proud to have had a hand in that reform. I doubt an innocent person might go to death row, if we had the death penalty, although I can personally attest to one very close call. (2) You can't do death penalty defense without recognizing the humanity, the person-ness, of the defendant. I am convinced that if most people got to know death penalty defendants as well as I did, they would not be so sure about executing any particular individual.

    This is not about what the Church says about it, although the current teaching in the St. Pope JPII's Catechism is unambiguously against it. It has not always been the case. Anyway, my reasons are my own.

    I have never been an anti-death penalty crusader. It was a job I did very well. It was always more, "You're going to execute my client over MY dead body." When the abolition bill was passed, I did lobby for the governor to sign it, even though it put me out of a job. I did get one of the pens he used, though :-)

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    1. Considering your extensive experience in the field, I respect your opinion on the DP, even though I disagree. The Church has always allowed recourse to the DP as a matter of retributive Justice. A soul has been willfully taken, and justice demands a price to be paid. The great Fr. Rutler wrote an excellent piece on this a few years ago. Frankly, I don't think JPII should have placed his personal opinion in a teaching document of the Church. It's led many to believe the Church has now changed its teaching, when that's not possible. Also, what happens if circumstances change again and a state can no longer provide for the safety of others? Another problem is that now you have neoCatholics (like Mark Shea) employing the seamless garment and accusing pro-lifers of only being anti-abortion because they are not also against the death penalty. And they often will cite JPII's opinion in doing so. It's complete b.s. and shows the danger of trying to change Church teaching. This movement has got legs now, and they're calling themselves the "New Pro-Life" movement and they don't hesitate to denigrate pro-lifers. It's not right. Just my opinion.

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    2. Again, my opinion is not dependent upon Catholic teaching. Judging Angels does not really go one way or another. The only message (and it is really a minor one, contributing to character) is that doing death penalty cases for a long time will screw you up.

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  6. WOW great video! Much better and more entertaining than the Pope videos. Glad to see the Bear is back. I was starting to get ephemeris withdrawal.

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  7. Thank you Laurel. Our actress did a great job acting, including some subtle acting with her hands. That's what a video with no budget and consumer video and editing software can look like. Maybe I'll make a "Bear Video" parody, that's orthodox, later. But, still have to go over edits, whenever they're done.

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