Elysium

Elysium

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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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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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