Man of Steel: A Religious Perspective

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I love the thirdĀ Man of SteelĀ trailer. It is nothing short of pure awesomeness. Who doesn’t love aerial hand-to-hand combat and explosions along with bassy orchestral music booming in the background? Picturing this in my mind just pumps me with sheer excitement. The problem many viewers probably had with all this action, though, was that Superman seemed to be another excessively powerful hero, one that is too perfect for any of us to embrace. Like Jor-El, Superman’s biological father, said in the trailer, “He’ll be a god to [us].” Hence, it is very reasonable for us to think Superman’s god-like perfection would disconnect us from him, but, similar to many religious figures, I think it’s his perfection that aims to guide and strengthen us.

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Basic Economics: Wreck-It Ralph Edition

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Wreck-It Ralph at first can be interpreted as anti-capitalist. The exposition makes it seem as though Ralph is a poor bad guy, who has been trampled upon by those with money, and who has been forced to submit to a life in the dumpster while tip top gold-coin-adorned rich guy Fix it Felix lives in a penthouse. Who doesn’t feel pity for Ralph when the rich guys say he can’t be as good as Felix or that he can’t get a similar gold coin? With this, it’s possible to assume Ralph has been trapped into being poor and that his life is primarily a battle between him and the rich guys. All of which, however, is wrong.

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Disney’s Tangled is an Untangled View on Libertarianism

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Let’s face it: doing the 7 AM usual morning line-up in a stress-free environment such as Rapunzel’s Tower (!!!) seems just like paradise. I’m sure all of us at one point or another (especially the guys) have dreamed of being ensured with similar leisure and protection, because only then will we be able to be truly happy, right?

Truth be told, however, being this comfortable is never good enough. Sometimes we can only be happy if we can just see the floating lanterns. We have to make sure our lives begin. So Rapunzel, I want to thank you for actually doing that, even if that meant ignoring your excuse of a “mother,” Gothel, who strictly forbade you to do so. Thank you for acknowledging that your freedom is the only key to your happiness, which is more important than whatever your control freak fake mother says. Because in the end, she doesn’t know best—at all.

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Elysium

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The Elysium trailer isn’t even trying to hide its left-wing bias. In it, Earth (comprised of the “99%”) is in shambles and Matt Damon’s medically desperate character Max wants to cure himself by donning a robotic exo-skeleton and pillaging Elysium—-a healthy orbital space paradise for the “filthy” rich—-in straight up Marxist fashion. The movie pretty much depicts class-warfare and pushes for socialism, starting with a brutal form of socialized medical care for Max. Although this left-wing perspective may seem good because it superficially provides for needy individuals like Max, the trailer unfortunately fails to acknowledge why the socialistic ideals it presents fail on moral grounds.

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Finding your Silver Lining = Purpose of Life

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There is one part of Silver Linings Playbook that I find to be more important than the rest. It’s when Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character Patrick states his desire to forget the grievances of his past, find his “silver lining,” and reach “excelsior.”

Pat basically states that he seeks for happiness, which is similar to the central idea of my last post—about how heroes should work hard to triumph over their obstacles. Pat is a hero of great determination, who tries to go beyond the boundaries of his mental illness to find love and solace. More importantly, Pat’s goals fulfill what I believe to be the entire purpose of life itself: to find ways to change and become a better person.

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Is Iron Man Heroic?

All of us pay special attention to a superhero’s powers because, to put it simply, powers define them. This is what has happened ever since the release of Marvel’s latest (and final) Iron Man 3 trailer. There is a particularly awesome scene when Tony Stark calls in “backup,” which consists of a freaking army of Iron Man bots. It’s reasonable to say that a ton of excitement emanated (perhaps verbally) from each viewer upon seeing this scene. However, does this fleet of robots with potentially unlimited power make Iron Man more of a hero? I don’t think so. Continue reading

Argo and American Exceptionalism

argoBen Affleck and his team won the Academy Award of Best Picture for Argo, and deservedly so. The movie artistically depicts CIA officer Tony Mendez’s heroic ploy to rescue six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. On top of that, the movie elaborates upon America’s values of morality, individual creativity, and personal initiative, and how they not only make America one of the most influential countries, but also one of the main providers of security throughout the entire world. Continue reading

The Simplicity of Something Complex (An Introduction)

Film is chemically printed onto frames that are 35 millimeters wide. Each of these individual frames are capable of maintaining enormous detail, regardless of their small sizes. A light projector scrolls through the film reel and enlarges their images onto a silver screen at a rate of about 24 frames per second. However, the average movie-goer does not know everything behind this technical process. Similarly, the content, or the deeper meaning behind each film feels almost disguised. Ideas, political biases, and slanted philosophies are all incorporated into film in such a subtle way that they are completely hidden to the average movie-goer. Therefore, it only makes sense to become “projectors” in the figurative sense–to bring these messages to light and to take something as simple as 35mm wide frame and explore the extent of its complexity.