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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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