Saturday, March 13, 2010

Movie Review: "Avatar," "The Book of Eli," & " "Shutter Island"

I have been slacking on blogging all together but I haven't done a movie review in a long, long, long time. So, I'm going to do short reviews on the last 3 movies I have seen in the theater.

The first is Avatar. I hate that I can't love this movie. It was beautifully done, it had a complete story line, the special effects were outstanding, & the balance of action scenes with dramatic interludes was perfect. If I were a liberal, non-Christian who bought into the whole global warming hysteria & thought our military were nothing but a bunch of goons, I would have thought this movie was the best movie ever made. I must admit it is a very well made movie. I hated that I couldn't love it.

Most politically conservative movie reviews have commented about how it put the military in a bad light. It makes them look like a bunch of heartless, blood-thirsty, mercenaries. I confess that I didn't even recognize that at first. My biggest problem was the push of paganism.

You may think I'm going a little over board at this point, but people buy into this crap. It wasn't even somewhat hidden. There is a growing number of people today following Universalism (there are many ways to God & we are all part of "one mind"). Oprah being pretty much their Pope. This religion, I would not be surprised, may possibly be the "One World religion" that is to come. Movies like this just energize that belief system.

I do not recommend this film.


The second film, is The Book of Eli. I loved this film. The only reason I would not recommend this movie is due to the violence. This film is filled with extreme violence.

The movie is set in post-Apocalyptic America. Almost all books, especially religious texts, have been destroyed because the people believed they were what caused the wars before. The protagonist is a man that was alive before the destruction of society & has the last Bible. He was instructed by God to take the Bible west. The antagonist is a book collector who is searching for a Bible so he can use the scriptures to "rule the world."

Besides the extreme violence, my only hang up with this film was at the end, when the Bible is placed on a shelf along with the Koran & other religious "holy" books as if it is equal to them. Other than that, if you can take violence, I recommend you see this film. It made me want to go home & read my Bible even more.

Shutter Island I saw last night with my friend Brandie. I was scared to see this movie at first but Kim & Jonathan saw it & said it wasn't as bad as I was thinking it would be.

I had mixed feelings about it. I loved the mystery. It was quite reminiscent of classic mystery films & I love that as well. Although I am not a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, he is a phenomenal actor & his role in this movie is no exception. However, it is a pretty disturbing movie.

In case you do not know, the movie is about a US Marshall that has been called to an asylum for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of one of the inmates. This woman who seems to have disappeared into thin air, is in this facility because she drowned her 3 children. I won't tell you anymore so I won't ruin the movie.

There are several scenes with dead children & several Nazi prison camps with dead Jews (including children) which are quite disturbing. There is also a short shot of full frontal male nudity. The language is terrible. I really don't believe there is any reason to use the "F" word & it rears it's ugly head through out the movie along with taking the Lord's name in vain. Because of these reasons, I would encourage movie goers to use extreme caution. I certainly would not suggest this movie for my mother.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Christian Persecution: "City agency halts chruch services at public housing unit"

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City agency halts church services at public housing unit

DALLAS - A Dallas church that has held Sunday worship service at a public housing apartment complex for the elderly for 14 years has been ordered to stop.

Dallas Housing Authority president MaryAnn Russ told the Dallas Morning News that the church services violate separation of church and state and the agency's contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which funds public housing programs.

But Jerry Brown, a HUD spokesman based in Washington, DC, said there may be a misunderstanding.

He said the Fair Housing Act allows religious activity in common areas of public housing as long as it does not result in unequal treatment of residents.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Christian Persecution: "Judge rules against religious expression"

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Judge rules against religious expression
graduate capA judge in Montana has ruled against a high school valedictorian who wasn't allowed to speak at her graduation ceremony because she wanted to give God credit for her success. (See earlier article)
Rennee Griffith is now in her second year of college. She graduated from Butte High School in 2008 as one of the valedictorians, but when she submitted a draft of her speech to school authorities, her First Amendment rights were violated.
"She was asked, as were the other valedictorians, to speak about what helped them get through school. Some people wanted to thank the football coach or the track coach or their uncle or a particular teacher, and they were permitted to do that," explains Griffith's attorney, Bill O'Connor. "The only thing they would not permit, by their own admission, was...her to attribute any achievements to her belief in God."
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