Reflections after Watching Interstellar

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Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~Dylan Thomas

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Theological Musings after Watching Monsters U and Writing a Sermon: Narcissism and the Lie of God’s Unconditional Love

Monsters-University-Teaser-Poster-2Okay. WARNING: I am about to get very preachy and harsh-sounding after what was a light-hearted and enjoyable time watching the delightful and pretty “Monsters University.” I think my theological grouchiness may come from the fact that I was reflecting on the Gospel message in preparing my sermon on Galatians 1:1-12 (and it didn’t help that Paul’s main point was on how alternative gospels should be accursed!). I was journaling, and I realized that this was important enough to blog publically about. Continue reading

What Makes Battlestar Galactica and the Walking Dead So Good (PART II)

For part I, see here.

Shows like BSG and WD also use these bleak worlds to present us with challenging situations in which there is no good solution, and people must be mature and take responsibility for their own actions. This contrasts with cheap Disney movies or other movies that always has a perfect ending that just happens to solve all problems and have little to no real sacrifice or cost involved. Continue reading

What Makes Battlestar Galactica and the Walking Dead So Good (Besides the Amazing Bear McCreary) (PART I)

Why do we like Battlestar Galactica (2009) (hereafter BSG) and the Walking Dead (WD) so much? What makes it so great and entertaining? What makes the writing so high quality?

I don’t pretend to speak for the millions of fans watching it? But I think there are a few things about these shows that make them so enthralling and captivating.

We are people who learn through stories. We enter into the worlds created by those stories. One thing apocalyptic films about survival and life and death is that Continue reading

Thoughts on “The Next Three Days” (2010)

This is my first movie “review,” so go easy.

I don’t think The Next Three Days was out-of-the-park amazing, but it raised some interesting questions (those that challenge the mainstream mentality of man’s total control and power and foresight). The story is about a man (Russell Crowe, who has a terrible Wiki picture) who is set on breaking his wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of jail (not breaking his wife –> they actually love each other).

He goes and talks to a convict who broke out of jail 7 times (Liam Neeson), and the advice he receives is that it requires a lot of work, dedication (being willing to do things normal people wouldn’t want to do, like pushing an old lady in the way), and luck.

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