Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Ten Commandments

Today is the day before Easter. Do you know what that means?


When I was little, the family would turn on this 1956 movie every night before Easter. It started at 7pm and went off at midnight, so I was never allowed to see the whole thing. I usually had to go to bed around 9 o'clock, but here's the thing: if you sat on the stairs just right, you could see the reflection of the TV in a picture on the wall. So my little sister Sarah and I would just go halfway down the stairs, pop a squat and watch until we couldn't keep our eyes open.

Which would be around 10 o'clock, so I hadn't actually seen the whole movie until a few years ago.

There were a few years, like between 11 and 14, that I didn't care enough to watch "The Ten Commandments" even though I could have. Two years ago when I was 15, I pushed everything aside for that night and stayed up through the whole thing. BIG DEAL :D

The last year I was lame or something and, like, didn't watch it. What a loser.

This year, I've been looking forward to the movie since about January. I'm not kidding. Every once in a while during the day, I'll get a craving for the movie. It just hits me--*BAM* "Oh mannnn, I can't wait until 'The Ten Commandments' comes on!!!"

I think it's more the principle of the thing than the actual movie. But the actual movie is pretty awesome too.

{Secretly I think 50% of the reason I love it is because Yul Brynner is Rameses/Pharaoh ;)

And about 45% is because of Joshua, who pulls off "Hebrew slave" pretty dang well.

So, while there are also a lot of good spiritual reasons to watch the movie {even though it's not really accurate, so that bothers me}, you can also watch it for Yul Brynner and John Derek.

And Charlton Heston is in it too. Whatever.




  1. I don't think I've watched the whole thing... Maybe I have. I'm not sure. I think I usually fall asleep or almost fall asleep. Not to mention the fact that we usually watch Ben Hur instead. I remember when I was little, my three friends (all siblings) slept over on Good Friday, and my friend Ben wanted to watch the whole thing because of Ben... and got really impatient about it :D
    Excuse the long comment... I guess I'm as much a nerd about Ben Hur as you are about the Ten Commandments :D

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  3. Was it worth the week? I've never seen it but will look out for it :)
    Have a good easter day xx